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Belgrade Media Report 18 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 18 June 2020


Vucic: Assessments we received from Russia disturbed us (RTS)
Lavrov: We will support a decision that suits Serbia (RTV/Tanjug)
Vucic, Lajcak, Moscow, Washington … (B92/Tanjug)
Vucic We are not going to Washington with a white flag (Novosti)
Vucic: Parliament to give confirmation of a solution to the Kosovo problem (RTS)
Russia-Serbia partnership does not depend on Belgrade’s dialogue with Brussels – article (TASS/Rossiisakaya Gazeta/Kurir/RTV)
Stoltenberg on Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: Washington meeting first step in the right direction (Tanjug)
Djuric: Hoti is burying dialogue (RTS)
Pre-election silence in Serbia starts at midnight, lasts through Sunday evening (FoNet)
Another 94 cases (B92)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

SDA and HDZ B&H reach agreement on local elections in Mostar after 12 years (Hayat)
US Ambassador Nelson comments on SDA-HDZ B&H talks on elections in Mostar (BHT1)
OSCE B&H about Mostar agreement: Use momentum for overall election reform (Dnevni avaz)
UK Ambassador Field about Mostar agreement: We hope this will serve as basis for solving other issues in election process (Dnevni avaz)
Commissioners Borrell and Varhelyi welcome agreement on Mostar (Dnevni avaz)
Niksic: SDP has no obligation to respect any kind of agreement signed by SDA and HDZ B&H, if that agreement is not in interest of citizens of Mostar and B&H (FTV)
SDP’s Zalihic: SDA fulfilled all wishes of Covic (O kanal)
Komsic about Mostar agreement: SDA and HDZ agreed to try to trick one another (Oslobodjenje)
SBB B&H welcomes agreement on Mostar; Final stance after legal experts analyze it (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik comments Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: Vucic will protect country’s and national interests in the best way possible (ATV)
Migrants open fire at members of RS MoI in Banja Luka’s Klasnice (FTV)
B&H’s coronavirus tally increasing, death toll unchanged (N1)

President hosts diplomats accredited in Croatia (HRT)
In Croatia 11 new coronavirus cases identified (Hina)

Epilogue of the drama in Budva: Attack on a police officer, broken glass, 23 arrested persons (CDM)
Reinke: All parties to take part in dialogue and avoid violence (CDM)
Coronavirus returns to Montenegro as seven persons test positive (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Hospitals reorganizing capacities to handle surge in Covid-19 patients (MIA)

Electoral Reform, the commission expects concrete proposals from the opposition (Radio Tirana)
Kosovo-Albania flights restart after long time (ADN)
In Albania 66 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)


Moscow to Firmly Counter Attempts to Review Dayton Accords for Peace in BiH, Lavrov Says (Sputnik)
Fajon and Bilčík: Credible, transparent and peaceful elections in Serbia are crucial on the European integration path (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 18, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 18, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Grenell: Kosovo, Serbia leaders to begin new era of stability and prosperity (media)
• Lajcak: Dialogue ready to resume, date to be set soon (media)
• Hoti meets political leaders, VV and PDK boycott meeting (media)
• Nagavci: Hoti and government to know there’s a point they cannot cross (media)
• Limaj: Dialogue should have a name (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic worried about ”Russia’s assessments regarding various plans and ideas” for solving the Kosovo issues (KoSSev, B92)
• Jeremic: Some announcement on Kosovo at White House on June 27 (N1)
• Lavrov today in Belgrade, what are the key topics of conversation (RTS)
• Vucic, Lajcak, Moscow, Washington … and Mile (B92)
• Vucic: EU doesn’t know what to offer us for Kosovo’s UN membership (Vecernje Novosti, Beta, N1)
• Stoltenberg: Meeting in Washington right step in right direction (RTS)
• Why Trump’s withdrawal of 10,000 troops from Germany relates to the Balkans (Klix.ba, B92)
• Lajcak meet Serbian List officials, mayors (N1)
• Djuric: Hoti buries dialogue (RTS)
• Vucic: If SNS doesn’t win an absolute majority, it will not ask for a mandate (B92, RTS)
• Rakic met northern Kosovo mayors (Kosovo-online)


• Don’t count on a White House Kosovo-Serbia breakthrough (Atlantic Council)
• Russia-Serbia partnership does not depend on Belgrade’s dialogue with Brussels (Info Ros)


• Europe Worries Trump May Wreck Chunk of Merkel’s Legacy (Bloomberg)


• Film festivals in Kosovo postponed until August (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 18

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• 77 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• New measures put in place to prevent spread of Covid-19 (media)
• Macron to host Kosovo-Serbia summit on July 17 in Paris (Koha)
• Kosovo, Serbia to discuss agreement similar to mini-Schengen on June 27 (Koha)
• President Trump could guarantee agreement at The White House (Klan Kosova)
• Thaci: Kosovo, Serbia to lose if agreement is not reached in Washington (VOA)
• PM Hoti asked to report to the Assembly before U.S. trip (media)
• Hoti: We’ll form Association/Community in line with Constitution (media)
• U.S. Ambassador Philip Kosnett interview to Telegrafi
• German MP Peter Beyer: Kosovo must reject a dirty deal (Koha)
• Haxhiu: Unlawful government to leave and pave way for elections (media)

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