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Belgrade Media Report 09 June

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Vucic: We will say a firm ‘no’ to what is contrary to the Serbian national interests (B92)
Brnabic: Belgrade never used excuses not to continue dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
Dacic: We are ready for dialogue with Pristina but compromise is needed (RTS)
Drecun: We will look at proposals but there is no imposing of a solution for Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/RTV)
Dacic and Meza-Cuadra Velásquez: Serbia, Peru committed to respecting basic principles of international law (RTS)
Montgomery: Only one person in the region is strong enough to reach Kosovo solution (Tanjug/B92)
Obradovic: We won’t recognize vote outcome or decisions by future cabinet and parliament (Beta)
Darmanovic: Montenegrins are not phantoms but living beings (Danas)
Another 69 cases, 11,348 recovered (B92)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Izetbegovic: It is high time to form FB&H government and entire FB&H level (Hayat)
Niksic comments Izetbegovic statement (Dnevni avaz)
SBB comments on formation of FB&H government (BHT1)
Latest research shows big support for EU integration of Western Balkans (Dnevni list)
HJPC could remain without EU funds (N1)
Dodik says Vucic is statesman devoted to prosperity and progress of Serbia and all countries of region (ATV)
RS reintroduces some measures to prevent spreading of Coronavirus (O kanal)
B&H sees slight increase in new coronavirus infections, death toll unchanged (N1)

Maric comments on Croatia’s outlook for post-COVID-19 economic recovery (HRT)
There are no newly infected people in Croatia, two people died, another measure is being relaxed (N1)

Hrapovic to Loncar: Whoever loses has the right to be angry (CDM)
Oana-Cristina Popa appointed head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Corona press conference turns testy as experts confirm that the Second Wave of the epidemic was caused by Muslim holiday gatherings (Republika)
Health minister says not responsible for case hike, issued measures ‘well founded’ (MIA)
In North Macedonia 87 new cases of Covid-19, 5 people recovered, and 1 died (Libertas)

No more embassy-run negotiations Rama says (Tirana Times)
Ruling majority proposes next general elections date (ADN)
Fifty-four percent of Kosovo citizens against unification with Albania, seventy percent support the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Tirana Times)
In Albania 36 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)


ODIHR opens special election assessment mission in Serbia (OSCE press release)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 9, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Abbott and Hoti discuss dialogue and rule of law (RTK)
• Minister: Kosovo to reopen its airport within 10 days (Radio Free Europe)
• Research: 54% of citizens reject unification with Albania (RTK)
• Mustafa: Decisions of majority in LDK to be respect as basic rule (media)
• Kamberi: If borders change, entire Presevo Valley should be with Kosovo (Koha)
• 23 cases with coronavirus at Infectious Clinic, one in critical condition (Koha)
• Ministry of Education staff infected with coronavirus (media)
• Lajcak meets Montenegrin President, on eve of Kosovo and Serbia visits (Lajmi)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Resolution 1244 has its downsides, but I do not see any other valid document (media)
• “Belgrade never used excuses not to continue dialogue” (Tanjug)
• Dacic: ”If it’s either recognition of Kosovo or nothing – then nothing” (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• How would Serbian politicians solve the Kosovo problem (KIM radio, Tanjug)
• DW: There’s no campaign in Kosovo for Serbian elections, but also no Kosovo in campaign
• “Constructive partners committed to stability” (Radio KIM)
• Montgomery: Only one person in region strong enough to reach Kosovo solution (B92)
• MEPs warn of critical political situation in Serbia (N1)
• No new cases of Covid-19 infection in northern Kosovo (Radio kontakt plus)
• REC confirms two more lists; 7 candidates with Kosovo residence so far (KoSSev)


• Trump, elections, and the Balkans (balcanicaucaso.org)


• Lavrov Visit to Serbia ‘Timed to Coincide With Elections’ (Balkan Insight)


• ‘Significant increase’ in job seekers following COVID-19 shutdown (Prishtina Insight)
• COVID-19 Pandemic Ebbs and Flows in Balkans, Eastern Europe (Balkan Insight)
• Kon: Two more weeks needed to have zero number of newly infected in Serbia (B92)
• Can Prishtina become a bike friendly city? (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 9

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• 29 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Ministry of Health refutes reports of two fatalities from COVID-19 (media)
• Thaci, Kurti clash again over state of emergency (Koha)
• Assembly President Osmani insists on clear platform for dialogue (media)
• EU’s Lajcak expected to visit Kosovo this week (Express/Koha)
• Merkel to Hoti: You have major challenges ahead of you (media)
• France supports dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia (RTK)
• Italy for a swift resumption of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)
• LVV expects over 200,000 signatures in election petition this week (media)
• Nagavci: Illegitimate government making futile plans with President (media)
• LDK leadership meets to discuss Vjosa Osmani (Infokusi)
• Rashiti: An agreement with Serbia likely in autumn, but not final (Klan)
• Dacic: Final settlement with Kosovo, after Association/Community (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo Serb ministers meet U.S. Ambassador Kosnett (media)
• Interior Minister Veliu reactivates National Reaction Plan (media)
• LVV submits legal initiative to enable Diaspora voting at embassies (media)

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