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Belgrade Media Report 25 June

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Drecun: They wanted to trade in Washington in order to be removed from indictments (RTS)
Gratitude for Brazil’s firm and principled support on non-recognition of so-called Kosovo (Tanjug/RTS)
Djuric: Terror against Serb population in Metohija continues (RTS)
“Presently, Pristina is a big factor of insecurity, and as for Vucic…” (Tanjug/B92)
Petritsch doubts US success in Belgrade – Pristina talks (N1)
Local elections in Sabac to be repeated (Glas Podrinja/N1)
RIK rejects all complaints about Serbia’s elections; ENEMO: Race imperiled (Beta)
Another 137 cases (B92)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Victory Parade held in Moscow; Dodik attends ceremony (ATV)
New EUROPOL report: Western Balkans is still home to radical groups (Dnevni list)
Croatian President Milanovic refers to B&H as state with three entities (O kanal)
Mesic: Story about third entity is dangerous for the region (Dnevni avaz)
Increasing the number of infected in B&H: 119 new cases in one day (N1)

Croatia imposes new 14-day quarantine for travelers from four Balkan countries (N1)
Croatia reports 95 new cases of Covid-19, a total of 2,483 (N1)

Djukanovic: SPC is an instrument in the hands of the Great Serbian nationalism (CDM/HRT)
Markovic: Nowhere in the world can you see MPs boycotting the parliament for four years (CDM)
Another six persons in Montenegro test positive for coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: The citizens alone decide who will be the next prime minister (MIA)
Vote for renewal of Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE’s Mickoski tells Ohrid rally (MIA)
Telma poll: SDSM holds slight lead over VMRO-DPMNE (MIA)
North Macedonia reports 153 new cases of Covid-19, 6 patients died (24.mk)

Meta: KLA’s war resulted right and decisive (ADN)
Bushati: Vucic has a ‘one color’ parliament and more MPs than Putin and Erdogan (ADN)
Bushati: Possible indictments cannot deviate historical significance of Kosovo liberation war (ADN)
The Political Council concludes its work with the Electoral Code (Radio Tirana)
Albania tops 2.192 cases as Coronavirus spreads (ADN)


Kosovan president’s war crimes indictment puts West in a bind (Politico)
Hashim Thaci’s past catches up with Kosovo’s future (DW)
Indictments Are against Individuals, Not an Attack on KLA, Says Former Chief Prosecutor Clint Williamson (Exit news)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 25, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Hoti from Brussels: Dialogue has no alternative (RTK)
• Mustafa: Let us sit together once again prior to meeting Vucic (RTK)
• Hoti: Government engaged in advancing democratic processes (RTK)
• Osmani hosts a meeting with Quint Ambassadors, discuss latest developments (RTK)
• Bildt not surprised if efforts to shut down Specialist Chambers intensify (Koha)
• 106 patients with Covid-19 are being treated at Infectious Disease Clinic (RTK)
• Der Standard: Thaci and Grenell were about to reach a ‘dirty deal’ (Koha)
• Scandalous: The Specialized Prosecutor’s Office violated work regulations, professional ethics and its own laws (Indeksonline)
• Association of KLA Veterans: We will ask abrogation of KSC Law in August (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• EU expects Belgrade-Pristina dialogue to resume in July (B92, Tanjug, RTS)
• EC head says will meet Kosovo’s Hoti, Serbia’s Vucic as planned (N1)
• Drecun: They wanted to “trade” in Washington to be excluded from indictments (RTS)
• Two new cases of Covid-19 infection in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Kandic: I expect the indictments to be confirmed, the first on the list is the Drenica group (N1, FoNet, KoSSev)
• Former Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor Vukcevic on Thaci and Veseli’s indictment (KoSSev)
• KLA graffiti and robbed house in Serb villages in Istok municipality (Kosovo-online)
• Stefanovic: Kosovo issue can’t be resolved by agreement of those indicted for war crimes and autocrats (Danas)
• “That was not fight for freedom, but brutal attack against Serbs” (RTS, Radio KIM)
• Judah: Thaci’s legs have been cut off, Vucic has no equal with whom to talk (KoSSev)
• Ahmetaj: I don’t expect resignations or protests (KoSSev)
• Petritsch doubts US success in Belgrade – Pristina talks; Sooner or later elections in Kosovo (N1, Tanjug, B92)
• Rakic and Popovic discussed strengthening of cooperation (TV Most)


• Two Decades on, Kosovo’s Guerrilla Boss Thaci May Finally Face Trial (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovan president’s war crimes indictment puts West in a bind (Politico)
• Presentation of Balkan barometer 2020: The shape of things to come (Regional Cooperation Council)


• Kosovo scraps White House talks with Serbia after leader indicted (Reuters)
• Kosovo: War Crimes Indictment Advances Justice (HRW)
• Thaci Charges ‘Timed’ to Prevent Amnesty Deal in Washington (Balkan Insight)
• Five Things Kosovo Must Know Before Doing a Deal with Serbia (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo president Hashim Thaçi indicted on war crimes charges (The Guardian)
• EU-backed court wrecks US plan for Kosovo summit (EUobserver)
• Telekom Srbija places 155 mln euro bid for Kosovo’s IPKO – Pristina mayor (SeeNews.com)


• COVID-19’s far reaching impact on global drug abuse (news.un.org)
• WHO to N1: Classification of Covid-19 cases up to national authorities (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 25

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• Thaci, Veseli and others accused of war crimes by Specialist Prosecutor (media)
• Thaci cancels trip to Washington amid filing of war crimes charges (media)
• Hoti cancels Washtington trip (media)
• Veseli calls indictment against him ‘political’ and ‘groundless’ (media)
• Hoti: No one can be considered guilty without final decision of the court (media)
• Osmani calls for maturity and unity (media)
• Kurti: Indictment, new consequence of older mistakes (media)
• Mustafa: Hoti to decide himself if he will go to Washington (media)
• Haziri: There will be no White House meeting (Syri TV/Telegrafi)
• Collaku: Disgusting to try freedom fighters in the name of justice (media)
• Limaj: KLA fighters being politically persecuted (media)
• Konjufca: Dialogue to stop until Specialist Chamber completes its work (Koha)
• Ahmeti: Events ahead of White House meeting have no good intentions (media)
• EU does not comment on indictment against Thaci and Veseli (Koha)
• State Department: Indictment, step forward in justice and reconciliation process (VOA)
• Former SITP prosecutor comments on indictment against Thaci (media)
• Rama on indictment: Cannot find words to express indignation (RTK)
• Op-ed: A planned Kosovo-Serbia meeting at the White House is falling apart. It was always a bad idea. (WaPo)
• Weber: Specialist Prosecutor feared Thaci plans to negotiate amnesty (RFE)
• Serwer: Kosovo is in trouble (Peacefare.net/Koha)
• Op-ed: Anatomy of a Kosovo Summit Catastrophe (Foreign Policy)
• 95 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours (media)

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