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Belgrade Media Report 11 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 11 June 2020


Brnabic: We agree – no talks on territories, Kosovo is Serbia (RTV/Tanjug)
Dacic: Gratitude to Kyrgyzstan on principled position regarding Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)
Border with North Macedonia might be opened by end of June (Politika)
Jeremic: Absence of EU observers due to health risks confirms there are no conditions for elections (Beta)
Crown Prince Aleksandar calls citizens to vote (RTV)
RIK announces electoral lists for 21 June parliamentary elections (Tanjug)
Comic on resolving the Kosovo issue (B92)
US State Department notes religion-related incidents in annual report (N1)
Another 71 cases (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

FB&H Civil Protection Crisis HQ convenes to discuss worsening of epidemiological situation (BHT1)
B&H HoR fails to accept initiative for removal of B&H Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Kosarac and B&H Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs Ilic (N1)
B&H Presidency calls on B&H CoM to urgently submit Draft Law on Budget of Institutions and International Obligations of B&H for 2020 (ATV)
EUD hosts meeting of leaders of SDA, HDZ B&H in Sarajevo; Izetbegovic announced they will discuss changes to B&H Election Law; Inzko says that 95 % of the agreement was reached (Hayat)
Izetbegovic says SDA will reveal name of candidate for B&H Minister of Security on Friday, warns of problems in distribution of posts (ATV/RTRS)
Okolic: Ruling of Constitutional Court on military property is “poking RS in the eye” (Glas Srpske)
Dodik hosts meeting with UN Resident Coordinator in B&H Macdonald (RTRS)
Dodik to attend Victory Day Parade in Moscow (ATV)
Coronavirus infections surge in B&H (N1)

No new Covid-19 infections in Croatia (Hina)

Each illegal building in Montenegro should be demolished (RTCG)
Montenegrin police warn against gatherings in violation of sanitary measures (RTCG)
Criminal charges against Amfilohije and the Metropolitanate (Ul-info portal)
State Department conveys no clear view on the Law on Freedom of Religion (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Government instructs institutions to resume electoral process (MIA)
SEC awaits gov’t official decree on continuation of election-related activities (MIA)
Shekerinska: Country cannot function without parliament, date for elections not a political wish (MIA)
Ahmeti: It’s time for first Albanian PM (MIA)
Osmani says there is still room for agreement on date for elections, Varhelyi mediation welcome (MIA)
Varhelyi speaks with Zaev and Mickoski over phone (MIA)
One of the worst tolls of the epidemic so far – 5 deaths and 175 newly infected patients in Macedonia (Republika)

US Secretary of State welcomes Electoral Reform agreement: It will strengthen Albania’s European future (Radio Tirana)
Minister Cakaj on official visit in Presheva Valley (Radio Tirana)
Govt urged to return property to religious groups (ADN)
Third record increase in Albania’s Covid-19 Cases (Tirana Times)


‘Lame’ Kosovo president boycotts EU talks (EUobserver)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 11, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 11, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci on Lajcak’s visit: Kosovo to be treated as a state (media)
• Hoti: We are waiting clarification of the dialogue process (RFE, media)
• Hoti receives congratulating telegram from EPP (media)
• LVV rejects Hoti’s roundtable (media)
• Hoti: Rakic did not remove Kosovo state symbols from his office (media)
• Zemaj: We lacked COVID-19 tests (media)
• Kurti invites citizens at Friday’s gathering (media)
• EU to open borders for Western Balkans on 1 July? (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Does continuation of dialogue open the option of replacing UNSC Resolution 1244? (Vecernje Novosti)
• Brnabic: No talks about territories, Kosovo is Serbia (RTS)
• “Missing persons issue must be part of Belgrade-Pristina agreement” (Radio KIM)
• Spokesman says EU ready to continue Kosovo dialogue (N1, VoA, FRE)
• Independent Liberal Party removed from political parties’ registry (Radio KIM)
• More than 50 trucks with Serbian goods entered Kosovo in two days (KoSSev)
• Rakic met Abbott, discussed political situation and pandemic (TV Most)
• European Commission recommends opening borders (BETA, N1)


• At a Crossroads, Kosovo’s Vetevendosje Ponders Change of Strategy (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Speaker Rejects President’s Accusations About ‘Collaborator’ Father (Balkan Insight)
• ‘Lame’ Kosovo president boycotts EU talks (euobserver.com)
• Faces Of The Balkans, 100 Years Ago (RFE)


• Reporting Democracy Report Warns of ‘Democratic Emergency’ in Region (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 11

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• Coronavirus: 29 new cases in last 24 hours (media)
• Hoti gives interview to Klan Kosova
• Kurti: Elections are the solution (RTK)
• Lajcak to zealously start with his negotiating mission next week (RFE/RTK)
• Macron writes to Hoti, proposes dialogue resume in Paris (Koha)
• German Ambassador Heldt meets Hoti (media)
• Haxhiu: PDK to reform if it wants cooperation with LVV (media)
• Swiss ambassador condemns ‘denigrating’ language against Osmani (media)
• KWN calls for end to attacks on Osmani (media)
• Mustafa: There were no discussions to dismiss Osmani (Arberesh.info/RTK)
• Kosovo criticised for not implementing court ruling on Decan Monastery (media)
• Hoti’s cabinet: Rakic has not removed Kosovo symbols from office (Klan/Koha)

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