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Belgrade Media Report 28 September 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 28 September 2021

LOCAL PRESS

We won’t allow humiliation of Serbia (TV Prva/B92/Tanjug)
Stefanovic: Serbian Army hasn’t trespassed anywhere where it shouldn’t be (TV Pink/Beta)
Moscow calls on NATO, EU to get Pristina to withdraw forces from north and prevent escalation (Sputnik/B92/Tanjug)
Drecun: If KFOR wants to be a stability factor, let it act like that (RTS)
Starovic: Whether they will go to Brussels depends on the development of the situation (RTS)
Selakovic: Serbia and Mexico committed to same values (RTV/Tanjug)
Serbia highly appreciates Mexico’s consistent position not to recognize so-called independent Kosovo (Tanjug/RTV)
Office for Kosovo and Metohija: Serbs will not be a target for extremists (Tanjug/Kosovo Online)
EU expects chief negotiators of Belgrade, Pristina in Brussels by end of week (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt and Turkovic call on B Tegeltija to convene B&H CoM’s session; Tegeltija: We will respect RS parliament’s conclusions and act in interest of RS (Nova BH/Oslobodjenje/BHT1)
Arnaut: If Tegeltija fails to organize holding of B&H CoM session in two consequent weeks, deputy chairs from SDA and HDZ B&H have right to organize it (O Kanal)
Cenic: It is not legally possible that salaries for 7,000 civil servants from the RS are paid from the RS budget (Nova BH/BHT1)
Tegeltija meets UK, Russian Ambassadors to B&H, points out that policy of imposing solutions is unacceptable (RTRS)
Dodik: RS will withdraw consent from agreements on B&H AF and HJPC (FTV)
RS CC finds amendments to RS Criminal Code and Law on non-implementing decision of HR do not violate vital national interest of Bosniaks (BHT1)
Our Party proposes constitutional reforms, including abolition of B&H Presidency (Nova BH)
Our Party’s proposal of constitutional changes unacceptable to SNSD (ATV)
US Embassy: None of B&H’s two entities has right to secede (Fena)
Messages about EU enlargement sent after meeting of speakers of parliament of Western Balkan countries in Slovenia (AJB)
Dzaferovic visits N. Macedonia: EU not complete without Western Balkans (N1)
Croatia

Milanovic: There is a government in Belgrade that talks about a “Serbian world” (HRT)
Plenkovic: Croatia is ‘keeping its eyes open’ to events in the region (Hina)
Montenegro

Abazovic on government reshuffle: I am not sure we are close to a solution (TV Vijesti)
Minority or government of electoral trust as the way out of crisis (Pobjeda)
The enlargement of the Western Balkans is the path to stability (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev concedes that early general elections are possible if he loses the local elections in October (Republika/Sitel TV)
Zaev began the election campaign in Bitola (Republika)
VMRO-DPMNE begins the election campaign – Mickoski promises change and new values (Republika)
Albania

Rama in Kosovo as tensions rise, Serbia threatens military intervention (Tirana Times)
Rama: Disputes should be resolved through dialogue (Radio Tirana)
Rama stresses Kosovo won war, Serbians fly around in helicopters (ADN)
Rama considers Berlin Process too slow (ADN)
Kurti: We should remove barriers between our countries, to boost cooperation (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 28, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 28, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Situation in the north, Kosovo and Serbia meet tomorrow in Brussels (RTK)
• Von der Leyen: Increase of tensions between Kosovo and Serbia, worrying (media)
• US confirms Escobar will take part in Bislimi-Petkovic meeting in Brussels (Kallxo)
• MEPs concerned over recent tensions at the Kosovo-Serbia border crossings (media)
• Stano to Escobar: Dialogue is between Kosovo, Serbia and EU (Express)
• Germany requests removal of special forces and barricades from north (Express)
• Nehammer: Kosovo is acting carefully and positively (media)
• Vetting proceeded to government (Express)
• European Union election observers visit CEC (RTK)
• COVID-19: Eight deaths, 68 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid – 19 in Serbian communities: 40 new case, three deaths (KiM radio)
• Protests in northern Kosovo continue (RTS)
• “Meetings just to have meetings, unnecessary” (KiM radio)
• Dialogue depends on the situation in the north (KiM radio, RTS)
• Group of Serbs attacked in South Mitrovica, ten suspects arrested (Radio KIM, Kontakt plus radio)
• Drecun: If KFOR is stability factor, it should act like one (Tanjug)
• Defence Minister Stefanovic: “KFOR arrived at the crossings according to the agreement between Vucic and Stoltenberg” (Blic, TV Pink)
• North Mitrovica citizens on license plates reciprocity: We want the same thing Pristina wants – autonomy (KoSSev)
• Selakovic: Serbia highly appreciates consistent stance of Mexico not to recognize Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Borrell: EU, Western Balkans share responsibility for united Europe (N1)

International:

• Ordinary Serbs, Albanians Pay Price of Serbia-Kosovo Vehicle Row (Balkan Insight)
• Are Serbia and Kosovo Ready to Open Their War Archives? (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 28, 2021

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• Bislimi and Petkovic to meet in Brussels, agreement on license plates expected (Koha)
• EU: Chief negotiators to come to Brussels soon (Klan)
• President Osmani meets heads of security institutions (media)
• KFOR’s proposal for resolving situation in the north accepted by Kurti but not by Vucic (Koha)
• KFOR meets Kosovo institution representatives and mayors of northern municipalities (media)
• NATO-led mission increases patrols on Kosovo-Serbia border (AP)
• Osmani’s office denies claims U.S. criticised Kosovo over actions in the north (Kallxo)
• Closing border point not to allow Albanians from Presevo movement deemed discriminatory (media)
• Milanovic: Kosovo responded to Serbia with same standards (media)
• Women candidates fight for gender equality in municipalities (BIRN)
• Court rejects university’s lawsuit against municipality regarding Orthodox Church building (media)
• COVID-19: Three deaths, 23 new cases (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Pristina seriously jeopardized regional stability (Tanjug/RTS)
Brnabic: US forming teams for Western Balkans (Tanjug)
Brnabic: Guterres told me Kosovo is not a state (RTV/Tanjug/Politika)
Brnabic: Nothing nice can be said about EU behavior (TV Pink/RTV/RTS/Tanjug)
Selakovic: Countries worldwide seeking cooperation with Serbia (Tanjug/RTS)
Selakovic: Great importance of selfless, principled Russian support for Serbia (Tanjug/Politika)
Vucic: In case NATO does not react, Serbia will (TV Pink/Politika)
Stoltenberg calls for dialogue; Belgrade, Pristina need to show restraint (Beta)
Borrell: Additional provocations in northern Kosovo unacceptable (Beta)
Michel urges Belgrade and Pristina to resume dialogue (FoNet)
Escobar: Serbia, Kosovo should not militarize situation (Beta)
Stefanovic visits Raska and Rudnica bases in company of Mojsilovic and Botsan-Kharchenko (Beta/Politika)
Russian Embassy: Serbia acts with greatest responsibility in Kosovo and Metohija (TASS/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik threatens with new withdrawal and ban on work in B&H institutions over B&H CC decision on RS Law on Forests (FTV)
Cvijanovic deems B&H CC’s decision as coup and anti-Dayton attack on RS and its competences defined by Constitution (RTRS)
Dzaferovic: B&H CC’s decision is in accordance with Constitution of B&H (N1)
Izetbegovic: B&H’s path to EU blocked by RS (Hayat)
Cubrilovic: Izetbegovic thinks democracy is what he says or what his political option dictates (RTRS)
Dodik claims that declaration of RS’ independence would cause loud reaction across globe but nothing more than that (RTRS)
Komsic meets Osmani and Djukanovic in New York; Dodik: This meeting shows what kind of state B&H is; Other comments (Glas Srpske)
Croatia

Milanovic: My words will be superfluous when Croats are equal people in B&H (Hina)
Croatian Security and Intelligence Agency: Western Balkans remains burdened by unfinished stabilization processes (HRT1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Stability of the Balkans and EU integrations should be treated equally (Pobjeda)
Escobar: Russia destabilizes Montenegro (CdM/VoA)
Abazovic: Those who don’t believe changes are possible but based on clear principles should find other partners (CdM)
Krivokapic’s Op-Ed: The facts we don’t hear due to their noise (The PM press service)
Republic of North Macedonia

EU needs to step up decision-making process (Republika/Der Standard)
Zaev and Mickoski again at the same table, but in a relaxed atmosphere (Republika)
Zaev to respect the resolution proposed by VMRO-DPMNE in parliament, and supported by SDSM, not to defocus the public (Republika)
1.824.864 citizens are eligible to vote in upcoming local elections (Republika)
Albania

Rama calls for recognition of Kosovo at UN General Assembly (Tirana Times)
Rama visits Kosovo amid tensions with Serbia (ADN)
The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania: We call on Serbia to withdraw its armed forces (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 27, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: No information that KFOR is preparing to intervene in north (Telegrafi)
• KFOR confirms increased patrolling in the north (Koha)
• Sources: Kosovo, Serbia chief negotiators could meet in Brussels this week (RFE)
• Rama: Serbia must stop theatrical military maneuvers (RFE)
• Over 10,000 provisional license plates administered since reciprocity (media)
• COVID-19: Three deaths, 23 new cases (media)
• Kosovo, Albanian governments to meet in late November (Klan Kosova)
• EC President to visit Kosovo on Wednesday as part of Balkans tour (Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• The EU expects Kurti and Vucic by the end of this week in Brussels (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Protests in north enter second week, positions unchanged (RTS)
• KFOR members arrived at Jarinje (Kosovo-online)
• Armored vehicles of the Serbian Army near Jarinje (N1)
• Vucic: NATO to react within 24 hours if violence breaks out (N1)
• Stefanovic and Mojsilovic accompanied by Russian Ambassador visit army units in Raska (RTS)
• Brnabic on EU, current situation in northern Kosovo (TV Pink, media)
• Brnabic met UN SG Guterres in New York, reacted to Rama’s statement on Kosovo recognition (Tanjug, RTS)
• Gabriel Escobar in Brussels on the situation at the administrative crossings (Blic, Tanjug, RFE)
• Zubin Potok municipality: Old installation possible cause of fire (KoSSev)
• Vucic to meet Quint ambassadors today (RTS)
• Europol: Balkan drug cartel broken up (N1)

International:
• Albania defends Kosovo sovereignty, criticizes Serbia’s military maneuvers (Exit)
• NATO, EU call for deescalation in the north of Kosovo as tensions continue (EWB)
• Can Selling Weapons to Serbia Create Peace in the Balkans? (The National Interest)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 27, 2021

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• Registration centres in Zubin Potok and Zvecan attacked on weekend (media)
• Kurti: Dialogue is the only way to find solutions (media)
• Kurti and Svecla hold press conference following attacks in the north (media)
• Kosovo’s Security Council convened in light of recent incidents (media)
• President Osmani cuts short New York visit following events in the north (media)
• Opposition leaders support Kosovo institutions in upholding rule of law (media)
• International community calls on Kosovo and Serbia to de-escalate the situation (media)
• Vucic to Stoltenberg: Serbia did not violate agreements or jeopardised peace (N1)
• CDHRF: Serbia’s objective is the destabilisation of the situation (media)
• Serbian troops on heightened alert at Kosovo border (France 24)
• Police: Reciprocity with license plates continues to be implemented at border crossings (RTK)
• Russian ambassador inspects Serb military troops near Kosovo border (media)
• Albanian PM Rama to visit Kosovo today (media)
• Court concludes ruling on registration of land to Decan Monastery is not enforced (media)
• COVID-19: Five deaths, 77 new cases (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 24, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 24, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Bislimi: License plates decision is unrelated to Brussels agreement (media)
• Tensions following reciprocity change dialogue’s course (Koha)
• Court rejects SL’s claims that Kosovo Government’s formation was unconstitutional (media)
• In Hungary, Speaker Konjufca criticises EU over visa liberalisation (media)
• KSF and Kosovo Police conclude joint exercise with KFOR (media)
• Committee approves national programme for implementation of SAA (Kosovapress)
• COVID-19: Four deaths, 84 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Peaceful protest of Serbs in northern Kosovo continues (RTS, Kosovo-online)
• One of three Serbs beaten by police in wood close to Brnjak speaks about attack; police denies local media report (KoSSev, media)
• Elek: Beaten Serbs spent difficult night at hospital (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Serbian PM tells Belgian counterpart Pristina perpetrating violence (N1)
• Brnabic to address UN General Debate of world leaders today (B92)
• Washington more strongly involved with the EU in renewing the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and calming the crisis in Kosovo (NMagazin, Beta)
• Kosovo police removed poster “Welcome to ZSO” in Strpce (Radio KIM)
• Vulin: ”We are not negotiating with a gun pointed at the forehead” (NMagazin, Beta, N1, TV Pink)
• Former Greek ambassador: “In the end, we will recognize the so-called Kosovo” (B92)
• Brnabic: We have much to lose if we fall for Pristina’s provocations (Tanjug)
• Ursula von der Leyen to visit Belgrade on September 29 (Tanjug)
• Commission for Missing Persons: Mortal remains of three Serbs taken over at the Merdare crossing (FoNet, Danas)
• Kosovo Constitutional Court issues Decision on non-execution of its verdict which confirmed ownership of Visoki Decani Monastery (Danas)

Opinion:

• The Potemkin facade of Vucic’s rule (Kosovo 2.0)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 24, 2021

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• US Embassy: Immediate steps needed to de-escalate tensions (media)
• Osmani, Djukanovic and Komsic concerned over latest developments (media)
• Montenegro President: Balkans, again an arena of geopolitical clashes (Kallxo)
• Serbian govt, state-affiliated media falsely accuse Kosovo police of brutality (Exit News)
• Serbian troops on alert on Kosovo border as tensions mount (AP)
• Reports of Russian nationals joining Serbs protesting in the north (media)
• Osmani: Kosovo is blessed with friends like President Clinton (media)
• Abdixhiku: Lack of governance can’t be compensated with actions in north (media)
• ‘Fake War Veterans’ case causes long-term recriminations in Kosovo (BIRN)
• COVID-19: 7 deaths, 173 new cases (media)
• Minister of Health announces new measures against COVID-19 (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Independent Kosovo is in their interest, forcing Serbia to participate in it (B92/Tanjug/RTS/N1)
Petkovic: State-of-affairs to return to the one prior to 20 September, then we can go to Brussels (RTS)
Pristina exerts violence over bare-handed people in north of province (Tanjug)
Sincere, traditional friendship of peoples of Serbia and Israel (RTV/Tanjug)
Selakovic thanks Cyprus on firm position regarding Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/RTV)
Selakovic: Principled position of Armenia on issue of Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
Selakovic to Borrell: Belgrade committed to dialogue (FoNet)
Borrell: EU calls for immediate de-escalation in Kosovo (N1)
Russia reacted: Provocation on Kosovo and Metohija, immediate withdrawal needed (Tanjug/B92/TASS/Sputnik)
Brnabic at Global COVID-19 summit organized by White House (RTS)
Patriarch warns he won’t allow any manipulation with church (N1)
There is no solution to current crisis in B&H in sight (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik calls Sattler’s statement on B&H’s European path ‘tragicomic’, says he is accomplice in degradation of B&H’s European path (Dnevni list)
Dodik speaks with Jansa on B&H during official visit to Hungary (RTRS)
Komsic addresses 76th session of UN General Assembly; Complex political system in B&H prefers ethnicity and that based on that ethnicity, citizens of B&H have greater or lesser rights depending on which part of country they live in (Hayat)
Komsic: This concept that we live in and how our state is organized naturally leads us into constant conflicts and it would be wise to give up on it (N1)
Dodik: Komsic addresses UN GA without Presidency’s consent (BHT)
Komsic on Milanovic’s statements on B&H: I used to believe that Milanovic has some serious stances (AJB/Oslobodjenje)
Milanovic’s speech at UN General Assembly sparks reactions in B&H and Serbia (Nezavisne)
Chinese President Xi Jingping announces that China will no longer finance construction of coal-fired power plants abroad (O Kanal)
Dzindic comments on announcement that China will no longer invest in thermal power plants abroad: This will affect construction of Block 7 (N1)
Croatia

Milanovic: I think Vucic is proud of his wartime role (N1/Hina)
Milanovic addresses UN GA: B&H requires framework that is based on federalism, decentralization and legitimate representation in order to make progress; I am President of Croats in B&H too (HRT)
Milanovic says is also president of B&H citizens with Croatian citizenship (Hina)
Montenegro

Becic: Agreement on government reshuffling possible, URA not left out (CdM)
URA: We see Krivokapic’s statement as reaction to Mandic-Becic agreement; things are not solved through press releases (CdM)
Djukanovic: Region experiencing global political upheavals having led to awakening of retrograde ideas (CdM)
Djukanovic meets Pahor and Pendarovski: Our countries’ integration of into European structures common interest (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski met with former US Ambassador Baily (Republika)
Karakacanov blasts new US Balkan envoy after he called on Bulgaria to lift its veto against Macedonia (Republika)
Albania

License plate reciprocity / Meta: Preserving Kosovo’s sovereignty, the basis for building stable relations with Serbia (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 23, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Tanin calls for reducing of tensions: Responsible leadership to be shown (media)
• Kosovo Police rejects reports that its officers beat up three Serbs (media)
• Svecla on situation in the north: We do not expect escalation (media)
• EU with diplomatic commitment to reduce tensions in the north (RFE Albanian)
• The situation in Brnjak, tense (Kallxo.com)
• Serbian gendarmerie vehicles patrol near the Kosovo Police in Jarinje (Koha)
• Police give details on situation in Jarinje and Brnjak (Express)
• ARC has administered 6375 license plates after establishing reciprocity (media)
• Police are not allowing anyone to cross the barricade leading to Brnjak (Klan)
• Vucic sets four conditions to return to dialogue, Kurti sets one to remove reciprocity (Express)
• Municipal mayors to discuss new anti-COVID measures with Health Minister (media)
• PSD files charges against Minister Vitia (media)
• Meeting of Assembly chairmanship fails, due to lack of quorum (media)
• Geopolitics expert: Kosovo’s two messages to Brussels (euronews.al)
• COVID-19: 7 deaths, 173 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• UNMIK chief: All sides to take steps to avoid tensions in Kosovo (media)
• Protests at Jarinje and Brnjak continues (RTS)
• Petkovic: Three Serbs beaten near the Brnjak crossing (KiM radio, Radio Mitrovica sever, TV Most)
• Stefanovic: Combat readiness of Army of Serbia garrisons in Raska and Novi Pazar raised (RTS)
• Vucic: No talks until Pristina withdraws forces from north Kosovo (N1)
• Petkovic: Situation to return to the one prior to September 20 (Radio KIM)
• Civil sector and media call for urgent de-escalation; discuss freedom of movement in Brussels (Radio Kontakt plus, KoSSev, RTK2, Kosovo Online)
• Kosovo police arrest three Serbs over poster; Serbian officials condemned the act (N1, Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)
• What message billboards “Welcome to ZSO” convey? (Radio KIM)
• Selakovic to Borrell: Belgrade committed to dialogue, but doesn’t accept unilateral acts (media)
• A book by Albin Kurti’s wife promoted in Belgrade (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 24 new cases (KiM radio)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 23, 2021

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• EU High Representative statement on situation in north of Kosovo (media)
• Ethnic Serbs dig in for long protest over Kosovo ban (AFP)
• Kosovo Police refute report by Kosovo Online (media)
• Moscow: Kosovo police actions against Serbs, provocation (media)
• Presevo Valley Albanians to be compensated for license plates payment (media)
• Presevo Mayor supports Kosovo Government’s decision on license plates (media)
• Prime Minister Kurti meets Albanian Assembly Speaker Nikolla (media)
• Opinion: Is lawfulness always good? By Arben Idrizi (Gazeta Express)
• COVID-19: 5 deaths, 160 new cases (media)
• Ministry of Health launches electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (media)
• “New decision on start of school year to be made before September 26” (Kallxo)
• President Osmani meets President of Guinea Bissau Embaló (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 September 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 22 September 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Selakovic at session of UN General Assembly (RTS/RTV)
Borrell hosts informal dinner with Western Balkan leaders in New York (Beta)
Dacic: We will not allow ethnic cleansing of Serbs; the EU should declare itself (Tanjug/B92)
Lajcak concerned over crisis in Kosovo, calls for urgent lowering of tensions (Beta)
Dveri call for cancellation of Brussels agreement, placing army on high alert (Beta)
Community health centers to be established in Zubin Potok, Zvecan (Tanjug)
More people join protesters at Jarinje, Brnjak (Tanjug/Kosovo Online)
EU proposes Vucic-Kurti meeting in Brussels (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kovacevic: Dodik voted against decision on appointing and sending delegation to 76th session of UN General Assembly; Dodik: UN Secretary General Guterres contributes to dissolution of B&H (Nova BH)
Covic: Komsic should not have gone to New York (Dnevni list)
B&H Presidency confirms that controversial session scheduled for 9 August was not held (RTRS)
Sattler: It is time to return to institutions because it is citizens who pay the price of the blockade (Hayat)
Dzaferovic and Nelson emphasize need to remove blockades in work of state institutions (FTV)
SNSD proposes that OHR should annul Inzko’s law in order to resolve crisis, SDA says that Inzko’s law should be adopted by B&H parliament and then amended (EuroBlic)
Magazinovic: Solution can be sought through dialogue; Mehmedovic: Schmidt is obliged to ensure normal functioning of B&H institutions (O Kanal)
Stevandic: Biggest crisis in B&H ever is caused by actions of Bosniak politicians (EuroBlic)
Izetbegovic says he believes Schmidt will not take sides (Nova BH)
Schmidt talks to Escobar; State Department supports OHR (Dnevni avaz)
US Embassy comments ‘Recording’ affair: Domestic institutions obliged to strengthen rule of law (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Prime Minister meets with HR Schmidt (HRT)
Schmidt says that the decision on B&H Election Law is task of people in B&H and international community is there only to assist (HRT)
Montenegro

Expert government crashed in less than a year (CdM)
Krivokapic: Government to have 3 DPMs, I’ll elect ministers (CdM)
There were no official negotiations on joining the government (RTCG)
Djukanovic’s cabinet: Shame on Russia for the way it treats Montenegro and its President (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: Uncertainty in EU integration could affect peace in Western Balkans (MIA)
In meeting with Mickoski, Orban expresses his support for Macedonia’s EU path (Republika)
Albania

Albania welcomes coop to advance world peace cause (ADN)

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