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Belgrade Media Report 15 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 15 June 2020


Vucic: I’m afraid there is no solution for Kosovo (B92/Tanjug)
Vucic on Kosovo and Metohija: Serious competition between Washington DC and Brussels (TV Prva/B92)
Dacic: Lack of ideas for compromise regarding Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV)
Botsan-Kharchenko: Issue of Kosovo and Metohija one of key during Lavrov’s visit (RTS)
Jovanovic (Metla 2020): Voting for individuals instead of tickets will vanquish party state (Beta)
Sapic: Judicial independence only if people choose judges and prosecutors (Beta)
OSCE Mission Head: Independent media a challenge for everyone, not just Serbia (FoNet)
Another cases (B92)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

SDA nominates Selmo Cikotic as candidate for post of B&H Minister of Security (BHT1)
Dodik: Appointment of Selmo Cikotic as new Minister of Security of B&H could be accompanied by problems (O kanal)
HNS: Condemnation of Cikotic’s nomination (Dnevni avaz)
SDA: Migrant crisis will be used for special war against B&H, Bosniaks and SDA (Hayat)
Chinese President Jinping thanks Dodik for support (ATV)
‘Klub 100-Plus’ calls on High Representative to immediately and no later than 11 July impose law banning denial of genocide in B&H (O kanal)
FB&H Ministry of Health Crisis HQ gives permission to TC and SC to declare state of epidemic (Hayat)
SNSD Executive Committee discusses deterioration of epidemiological situation (ATV)
B&H’s coronavirus total surpasses 3,000, more than 2,100 recover (N1)

Plenkovic says Croatia’s relations with B&H are very important to Croatian government (HRT1)
Appointment of three new members of B&H Central Election Commission causes new political crisis in B&H (HRT1)
Police arrest six in connection with crude anti-Serb banner (HRT)
Two newly infected people in Croatia in the last 24 hours, both from Zagreb (N1)

Andrija Mandic quits as MP (CDM)
Gojko Perovic claims: Limitation on public gatherings is a political decision (Dan)
Border with Serbia remains closed until further notice (CDM)
One person in Montenegro tests positive for coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: Another state of emergency possible only if parties agree on election date (MIA)
Mickoski: First possible election date is mid-July (MIA)
Zaev: Election date is 5 July in line with Constitution, not a matter of personal wish (MIA)
Osmani urges for consensus on elections at onset of July (MIA)
In North Macedonia 103 new cases of Covid-19, 5 patients die, 13 recover (MIA)

Kim, Hajdari discuss work on EU conditions (ADN)
Covid-19 cases in Albania hit record high (Tirana Times)


EC non-papers note pressures on judiciary and media in Serbia and Montenegro (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 15, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 15, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Lajcak tomorrow in Kosovo (media)
• Thaci: Dialogue with Serbia will conclude with mutual recognition (media)
• Hoti says there is no dilemma he will lead the dialogue (Koha)
• Meeting between Lajcak and Thaci remains unconfirmed (RTK)
• Kosovo Government Priorities: Economic Recovery and Dialogue with Serbia (Express)
• The Ministry of Health presents the manual for virus protection (Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian house in Orahovac burned down (RTK2, KIM radio, B92)
• Petrich: Thaci insulted EU, Lajcak responsible for European resolution of Kosovo issue (Kosovo-online)
• Dacic: Lack of ideas for compromise regarding Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (TV Pink, N1)
• Djuric: We will inform Lajcak about terror Serbs are exposed to, no imposed solutions (media)
• Vucic: Elections won’t be postponed, many ministers will be replaced (FoNet, N1, TV Pink)
• Sekulic: Negotiations on Kosovo have already continued, government will not last full term (N1, KoSSev)
• Members of academic community, public figures request Vucic’s resignation (FoNet, N1)


• Are the troubles of returnees greater than their love for Metohija? (KoSSev)
• Autocratic contagion: Here come the ‘tyrants’ (Balkan Insight)


• Kosovo’s Vetevendosje Celebrates Anniversary Peacefully (Balkan Insight)


• Coronavirus cases continue to rise (Prishtina Insight)
• Most EU member states have opened their borders as of today, but… (Tanjug, B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 15

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• 49 cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Health minister says mass testing will get underway soon (media)
• “Lajcak’s visit is effort for EU to resume role in dialogue” (Koha)
• Tusk to Hoti: Dialogue with Belgrade to restart with new energy (media)
• Dacic: We’re not optimistic on agreement with Kosovo (media)
• AP: Putin suggests he was key in Kosovo airport occupation (Zeri)
• KSF to launch military academy recruitment campaign (media)
• Association of journalists condemns threats against reporter (media)

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