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Belgrade Media Report 02 June 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 2 June 2021


Vucic: Serbia will request report from HR for the first time (RTV/RTS/B92)
Dacic: Serbia does not accept imposed solutions for Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/RTV)
Dacic: Serbia, Russia will always support each other (Tanjug/RTS)
Can Christian Schmidt bypass the UN SC? (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: HR is undesirable figure in the RS (ATV)
Dzaferovic: It would be better if Dodik schedules Presidency session instead of going to Belgrade for consultations (Hayat)
Salkic: Newly appointed HR Schmidt should put end to Serbia’s silent annexation of RS (Hayat)
Nelson discusses appointment of new HR in B&H with Dodik (N1/Nova BH)
Vucic accepts Schmidt, Dodik regime facing capitulation! (Dnevni list)
Political Directors of PIC SB begin two-day online session (O kanal)

Croatian Foreign Minister: Western Balkans are ‘strategically important’ to NATO (Hina)

Leaders of parties within the For the Future of Montenegro bloc: We lost our patience after Krivokapic’s latest gesture, now propose agreement with Democrats and URA (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: Nationalistic policies emerged because Europe has failed (Klan Macedonia TV)

Soreca: Start of membership talks will accelerate confrontation of justice with organized crime in Albania (Radio Tirana)
Xhacka: Albania committed to Collective Security and NATO 2030 Initiative (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 2, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 2, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 18 new cases, no deaths (media)
• EU supports Kosovo in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic (media)
• Kurti on Brussels meeting: It is about the future dialogue, not the previous one (media)
• On third day of visit to Kosovo, Palmer meets Konjufca (media)
• Von der Leyen: EC will advocate for a positive decision on visa liberalisation (media)
• Bislimi: France, the Netherlands, Belgium have visa liberalisation concerns (media)
• Abdixhiku: Kurti-led government is weak (media)
• Haradinaj urges government to adopt new recovery measures (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: If Kurti doesn’t want to talk about ZSO, but about Kosovo’s recognition, they don’t even have to invite me for talks (KoSSev, RTS)
• Vucic tomorrow with Palmer and Lajcak (media)
• Kurti’s lawsuit – between law and political points (RTS)
• US envoy Palmer meets Bishop Teodosije at Visoki Decani monastery (N1)
• Serbian Railway: Since pandemic trains operate up to Rudnica only (KoSSev)
• Petkovic congratulates Rakocevic on his election as UNS President (Radio KIM)
• APA: EU do not want to publish “non-paper” on Western Balkans, where border change is proposed (Tanjug, Blic, Kosovo Online, Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Jevtic on attacks against SOC, non-provision of vaccines to Serbs and ‘good relations’ in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Indictment for assassination of Oliver Ivanovic confirmed, defence lawyers ‘embittered’ (TV Most)
• Popovic: Production of Russian Sputnik V vaccines starts in Belgrade this Friday (Dnevnik)


• Palestine, Kosovo and the dilemma faced by ‘small states’ (Kosovo 2.0)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 2, 2021

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• COVID-19: 19 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Principal Deputy PM Bislimi meets Palmer and Lajcak (media)
• Parties encouraged in dialogue; compromises considered necessary (Koha)
• Lajcak briefs EU heads of missions on new dialogue meeting (media)
• Palmer calls for respect on court’s ruling on Decani Monastery Land (media)
• Serb minister says position of his superior, PM Kurti, is hypocritical (media)
• Involvement of Russia and China is impossible, civil society argues (Koha)
• Serwer skeptical about mutual recognition soon (media)
• President Osmani to meet political parties for date of local elections (media)
• Kosovo minister and Serbian official clash on Twitter (media)
• “Four trains from Serbia operating illegally in Kosovo” (Koha)
• Deprived of a childhood (Prishtina Insight)
• Balkan corruption risks derailing bid to join European Union (VOA)

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