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Belgrade Media Report 04 June 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 4 June 2021


Vucic: We are ready to discuss compromise, but never humiliation of Serbia (RTV/RTS/Tanjug)
Dialogue with Pristina to resume between 14 and 17 June (Blic)
Selakovic: Dialogue, compromise only way to reach agreement with Pristina (Tanjug)
Palmer: US sees mutual recognition as the outcome; Agreement between Belgrade and Pristina absolutely possible in 2021 (Blic/B92)
Italy’s significant contribution to security in Kosovo and Metohija (Politika)
Braje: KFOR remains in Kosovo as long as needed (FoNet/N1/RTV)
Balkans again in focus of big powers (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Izetbegovic and Covic agree to try to reach adoption limited changes to Constitution, talks on amending Election Law to continue (Nova BH)
Covic to Sattler: There cannot be postponement of changes to election legislation (FTV)
Dodik: I am very skeptical about possibility of progress regarding changes to B&H election legislation (BHT1)
Novic: IAWG is not independent because it was formed by political parties, unlawfully appointed members of B&H CEC cannot be part of IAWG (Glas Srpske)
Cavara: HR Inzko destroyed democracy in B&H (FTV)
Inzko: PIC’s decision is sufficient for appointment of new HR (Al Jazeera Balkans)
OHR: Serbia can get information on work of OHR from reports submitted to UN Security Council (Glas Srpske)
Dzaferovic: Serbia should support work of OHR (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik: Bonn Powers of HR are distant past; New HR needs to be appointed by UNSC (RTRS)
Kalabukhov: Russia will not support appointment of Schmidt as new HR (RTRS)
Russian Embassy to B&H: Appointment of new HR without approval of UN SC is illegitimate; PIC SB Communiqué is unbalanced and tendentious (BHT1)
Cvijanovic: End of Inzko’s mandate was supposed to mark end of experiment of international community (RTRS)
Komsic and Dzaferovic in official visit to Montenegro (N1)

Milanovic: Plenkovic is promoter of right to lie (Hina)

More frequent negative rhetoric of Serbia is not in the spirit of good neighboring relations (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Krivokapic: I would be an unworthy Prime Minister if I had signed Fundamental Agreement in Belgrade in that way (RTCG/Euronews Serbia)
If there is no solution, let the people decide (RTCG)
Collapse on the horizon: Ministries asking MPs to adopt budget asap (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: Zaev and Buckovski coordinate secret negotiations for the Declaration adopted by Bulgarian parliament to become part of the EU negotiating framework (Republika)
Osmani: European principles protect us in dispute with Bulgaria (TV 24)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 4, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 4, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: Seven new cases, one death (media)
• Resolution for pardoning COVID-19 fines fails to pass Assembly (Koha)
• Dendias: Greece supports visa liberalisation, Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)
• Kosovo President Osmani meets Greek FM Dendias (media)
• Gervalla: Independence of Kosovo is irreversible (media)
• Konjufca meets Dendias, discuss Kosovo’s EU integration path (media)
• The Netherlands on visa liberalisation: Fight corruption and organised crime (KP)
• Court clears former FM Haradinaj-Stublla of charges (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic on Kosovo: We do not advocate for frozen conflict, dialogue will continue (RTS)
• Lajcak: I came to prepare dialogue (Tanjug, Radio KIM)
• “Kosovo is not ready to negotiate borders” (Blic, B92)
• Palmer says meetings in Belgrade successful (N1)
• Vucic: Serbia – Hungary relations never better (FoNet, N1)
• Kandic: The Tribunal did not find any indications of genocide in Kosovo (Al Jazeera)
• Petkovic: “Great Albania” graffiti written on wall of Vitosevic’s house (Radio KIM)
• Rakic with international and non-governmental organizations on the return of displaced persons (Kontakt plus radio)
• KFOR remains in Kosovo as long as needed, NATO official says (N1)
• Von der Leyen: The future of the Western Balkans is in the EU (Tanjug, B92)
• Vucic asks vaccination of North Macedonia citizens be enabled in Serbia (Kosovo-online)


• Serbian president says EU-brokered Kosovo talks to resume (AP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 4, 2021

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• COVID-19: 12 new cases, no deaths (media)
• U.S. to donate vaccines to Kosovo (media)
• Bulgaria to provide up to 150,000 COVID vaccines to Balkan countries (Reuters)
• Greek FM Dendias visits Kosovo today (media)
• Kurti-Vucic meeting between 14 and 17 June (Klan/Telegrafi)
• Government of Serbia not happy with Kurti’s remarks on dialogue (Koha)
• After Kosovo, Top U.S., EU Envoys Visit Serbia To Press For Renewed Dialogue (RFE)
• Can EU-US coordination salvage the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue? (Prishtina Insight)
• Assembly adopts draft law to try war crimes in absentia (media)
• Kosovo Post CEO sacked by board (media)

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