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Belgrade Media Report 18 May

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Zeman: I apologize for the 1999 bombing and ask the Serb people for forgiveness (RTS/B92/Beta/FoNet)
Vucic: Borders should not be changed, in accordance with the rules established by the United Nations (Tanjug/B92/RTS)
Vucic after the meeting with Stoltenberg: KFOR remains on Kosovo and Metohija (B92/Tanjug/RTS)
Vucic, Lajcak: Serbia ready to continue dialogue with Pristina (Tanjug/RTS)
Lajcak: I appreciate having talks with Vucic (N1)
Borrel expects Western Balkan leaders to explain political developments in the region (Beta)
Dacic: Important for UNMIK, KFOR to remain in Kosovo and Metohija (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Inzko on ‘Buk Bijela’ project: Foreign investments are welcome in B&H, but they have to be in line with B&H laws (Nova BH)
Istocno Sarajevo: RS, Serbian governments hold joint session; Brnabic: Serbia will invest EUR 787 million in the RS (RTRS)
Zvizdic: Serbian government’s neglecting attitude is result on non-functional Council of Ministers (Dnevni list)
Leaders of Brdo-Brijuni Process adopt joint declaration which says that EU needs to become more actively involved in Western Balkans and encourage countries to meet conditions for membership as soon as possible (Nova BH/N1)
B&H Presidency members without joint stance at summit of Brdo-Brijuni Process (BHT1)
Dodik: EU enlargement is key issue that does not depend on B&H; There is significant number of EU member states that oppose enlargement (RTRS)
Dodik: PDP, SDS brings so many problems to RS during their rule at B&H level, cleaning this mess is not easy; PDP’s Ivanic brings US soldiers on Manjaca with his decision (RTRS/Nezavisne)

Croatian army company sent to serve as part of KFOR in Kosovo (Hina)

Abazovic thanks VC president and Varhely (CdM)
DPS to boycott parliament in coming days (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: The next parliamentary elections will be held in 2024 and there will be no early elections (MTV/Republika)
Pendarovski: Historical issues have nothing to do with the EU integration process (Republika)
Milanovic: What is being done to Macedonia is trespassing, it shouldn’t be allowed (Republika)

“Albania-US Extradition Treaty” approved / Gjonaj: The most effective cooperation in the fight against crime is guaranteed (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 18, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 64 new cases, one death (media)
• 46,000 people vaccinated so far in Kosovo (media)
• EULEX presents report on impact of COVID-19 on the rule of law (Kallxo)
• Kosovo police’s seizure of drugs in Lipjan hailed by U.S., Italy (media)
• Ministers Gervalla, Ceku invite Europa Nostra head to visit Kosovo (media)
• PDK accuses Osmani of violating Constitution in CEC appointments (media)
• Kosovo and Albania sign MoU in the field of defence (media)
• Ministry of Interior cancels bid worth €21 million (media)
• Haradinaj addresses recent departures of party officials (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: I am worried about dialogue, there’s nothing rational in Pristina’s approach (RTS)
• Stoltenberg: There is no change of KFOR’s mandate, it remains in Kosovo (Danas)
• Brnabic to visit Brussels on Tuesday, attend WB working dinner, meet EU officials (RTS)
• Dacic: Important that UNMIK and KFOR stay in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Brdo-Brijuni Process: Borders left out of joint ‘compromise’ statement (Hina, N1 Sarajevo)
• Brdo-Brioni Process participants urge EU to speed up expansion to Western Balkans (N1)
• Milanovic: Brdo-Brijuni Process will not solve problems of Western Balkans (Hina, N1 Zagreb)
• Dzaferovic: EU will only be complete when WB countries become members (Anadolu Agency, N1 Sarajevo)
• Komsic: Kosovo-Serbia debate returns Brdo-Brioni summit to “Balkan tavern” (N1, FoNet)
• Haradinaj requests continuation of Decani-Plav road construction (Radio KIM)
• Zeman: I apologize for bombardment of FRY, ask Serbian people to forgive me (RTS)
• Croatian army unit sent to serve as part of KFOR in Kosovo (N1)
• Skopje to increase number of soldiers within KFOR mission in Kosovo (KoSSev, N1)
• Office for KiM: Instead of letters, Pristina to sign decree on return of confiscated monastery land (Kontakt plus radio, Radio Mitrovica sever)


• Dialogue in the upcoming period (KoSSev)


• NATO chief confirms KFOR to remain in Kosovo (EurActiv)
• COVID-19 Limits Family Visits for Kosovo War Defendants (Balkan Insight)
• Angela Merkel’s political legacy in the Western Balkans will be tough to beat (euronews.com)


• UNMIK assistance to the most vulnerable population of Gracanica (Radio Mitrovica sever, Kontakt plus radio))
• Dacic: Serbia’s democratic progress unimaginable without CoE (BETA, N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 18, 2021

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• COVID-19: 25 new cases, one death (media)
• Vitia: Up to 350,000 persons to be vaccinated in a month (Klan)
• Osmani: Kosovo as a sovereign and independent country is a permanent project (media)
• Kosovo, Serbia clash over Balkan border issues at summit (AP)
• Osmani meets regional leaders at the sideline of Brdo-Brijuni summit (media)
• Brdo-Brijuni Declaration: “EU is able to absorb the WB”, Serbia’s phrasing of the point on regional borders rejected (EWB)
• Kurti, Merkel agree mutual recognition should be end-result of dialogue (media)
• Lajcak meets Vucic in Brussels (media)
• NATO attempts to appease Serbian concerns over Croatian troops in Kosovo (Reuters)
• Kosovo Foreign Policy Experts Welcome Govt’s Support for Israel (BIRN)
• Kosovo Police seize 400kg of cocaine in Lipjan warehouse (media)
• Government plans to phase out PAK by next year (Koha)
• Government building lighted up in rainbow colours, in nod to LGBTIQ+ community (media)

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