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Belgrade Media Report 10 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 10 June 2020


Vucic on elections (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Drecun on Resolution 1244: Document that is an obstacle to those who would like Kosovo to acquire UN membership (RTS)
Botsan-Kharchenko: Disrespect of Resolution 1244 source of instability (Politika/Tanjug)
Dacic, Turkovic: Region needs joint agreement on opening borders (Beta/RTS)
Dacic, Aurescu: Successful cooperation between Serbia, Romania an example for entire region (RTS)
Another 66 cases (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

It remains unclear who forms majority in FB&H parliament (FTV)
Izetbegovic: All coalition partners would like to weaken position of SDA ahead of local elections (Hayat)
Cvijanovic claims people who were recently appointed to B&H CEC are ‘politically colored’ (EuroBlic)
OSCE: Relevant institutions in B&H have legal obligation to secure funds necessary for organization of local elections (Dnevni list)
B&H CC upholds State Attorney’s Office’s appeal on registration of military property; RS PM Viskovic: Another decision of B&H CC which will not be implemented (N1)
B&H, Serbian Ministers of Foreign Affairs meet: B&H and Serbia have good, neighborly relations (FTV)
Bosniak Caucus of B&H HoP pays visit to Potocari; Call for adoption of law on banning genocide denial or for OHR to impose it (Dnevni avaz)
Cvijanovic and Sattler discuss EU path (RTRS)
Coronavirus cases spike in B&H with 53 positive tests in one day (N1)

FM says Croatia condemns any act of provocation that hurts ties with Hungary (Hina)
Croatian PM and German Chancellor talk EU Presidency, economy, tourist season (Hina)
Two new cases of coronavirus infection in Croatia (N1)

Stoltenberg to Djukanovic: Those who try to divide us will not succeed (CDM)
Risk of coronavirus still exists (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Government pretends that everything is fine: State of emergency to be lifted even though 1,000 COVID-19 cases were registered in a week (Republika/Fokus)
Carovska: Requirements for extension of state of emergency exhausted (MIA)
Government tasks MoI and inspectorates with stricter controls in areas with most Covid-19 cases (MIA)
Zaev: No reason to extend state of emergency, election should be held July 5 (MIA/Vecher)
In North Macedonia 125 new cases of Covid-19 (Libertas)

National Council of European Integration appreciates EC and EU states’ efforts for opening negotiations (Radio Tirana)
Rama: This is the last time the ambassadors intervene (Radio Tirana)
Zef Mazi: Big challenges ahead regarding EU integration (Radio Tirana)
Parliamentary opposition expresses dissatisfaction to Ruci about the Electoral Reform agreement (Radio Tirana)
Daily Covid-19 cases in Albania hit record high (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 10, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 10, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Hoti: I will lead dialogue with Serbia (Koha/Kallxo)
• Thaci: Kosovo removed barriers, Serbia has no excuse to delay dialogue (media)
• Kurti: LVV will closely monitor recruitment of public enterprises directors (media)
• Veseli: Only PDK can end political pandemic in Kosovo (media)
• Thaci: Those that don’t respect Kosovo laws, shouldn’t be in institutions (Klan)
• Minister of Economy: Better with reciprocity than without it (Klan Kosova)
• Prishtina Mayor: Over 1,000 victims if another wave outbreaks (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• The 21st anniversary of the adoption of UN SC Resolution 1244 (Kontakt plus radio, RTS, KoSSev, Telegraf)
• Drecun: A solution to the Kosovo issue has yet to be sought (KoSSev, RTS)
• Vucic: Resolution 1244 is not what we think it is, no need for referendum to say Kosovo is Serbia (TV Pink, Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: ”Return to Resolution 1244 is the best way for Kosovo and Metohija” (Politika, Tanjug)
• Vucic: West is clear on the issue of Kosovo, the only question is who will lead the game (Politika, TV Pink)
• EU Commissioner Varhelyi replies to MEPs (Radio Free Europe, N1)
• No new Covid-19 infection cases in northern Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Rakic and Apostolova discuss political situation and Covid-19 (media)


• All Black Lives Matter (Kosovo 2.0)


• EU Recovery Plan Splits CEE, Raises Absorption Capacity Questions (Balkan Insight)


• Kon: We can reintroduce certain measures; the situation is a bit worrying (B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 10

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• Six new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Health Ministry: Situation with COVID – 19 under control (media)
• Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s interview to Klan Kosova
• Trump: Around 640 U.S. troops to remain in Kosovo (media)
• Vetevendosje wants interpellation with PM Hoti on lifting of reciprocity (media)
• Reservations over Lajcak’s visit to Prishtina (KTV)
• Thaci suggests Osmani’s family ‘served’ Serbia (Telegrafi)
• Osmani: Thaci considers serving Rugova was treason (media)
• Bahtiri reveals “Kosovo partition plan” Thaci allegedly presented to him (TV Dukagjini)
• Beqaj: Kosovo MPs would vote even for partition (KTV)
• Helsinki Committee in Serbia calls on EU to reject Kosovo partition (media)
• More land swap lobbying uncovered (Prishtina Insight/BIRN)
• Kosovo’s Ambassador to France reacts to BIRN article (media)

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