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Belgrade Media Report 14 June 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 14 June 2021


Vucic tells Kurti to stop making threats and go ahead sue Serbia (TV Pink/Beta/RTS)
Brnabic: Kurti impossible to talk to (TV Prva/Beta)
Petkovic: We are going to Brussels to defend Belgrade’s position (RTS)
Long tradition of diplomatic, friendly relations of Serbia and Poland (Tanjug/RTS)
No consent within EU on opening new chapters with Serbia in June (RTS)
Botsan-Kharchenko: Pressures on Serbia to recognize Kosovo will not succeed (Tanjug)
Botsan-Kharchenko: I believe there are attempts to see how it is possible to make appointment of new HR without decision of UN Security Council (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

European Court of Human Rights gives B&H authorities until 1 September to implement Sejdic-Finci ruling (BHT1)
Sattler: EU is thinking about sanctions (Dnevni avaz)
Cosic: HR is not standard for anything, HDZ B&H does not have room for compromise any longer (Dnevni list)
Talks on amendments to Election Law of B&H underway, no consensus of all political actors on many proposals yet (Nova BH)
Novakovic Bursac: IAWG will soon reach stalemate unless political agreement is reached about the most important issues (Glas Srpske)
B&H CEC presents proposal of amendments to Election Law, Dodik rejects all proposals unless agreement on election of members of Presidency is reached (BN TV)
Dodik: There is entity border between RS and FB&H, we do not intend to move it, but we intend to strengthen it (ATV)
Izetbegovic: If Serb diplomats decide to work in line with Dodik’s announcement, Dodik might get processed for misuses of office (Hayat)
RS government takes note of Report of Independent International Commission for Investigation of Suffering of All Peoples in Srebrenica Region in Period 1992-1995; Dodik says most important thing of Report is fact that term genocide cannot be applied to events in Srebrenica (BHT1)
Komsic reacts to Milanovic’s statements on NATO Declaration: By forcing concept of constituent peoples, Croatia is coming into conflict with NATO (N1)

NATO summit in Brussels; Milanovic: Some countries reject mentioning DPA in joint Declaration; Milanovic accuses Plenkovic and Grlic Radman of not doing enough (HRT1)

Montenegrin parliament fails to vote on Resolution on Genocide in Srebrenica (CdM)
PM risks new elections under old rules (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE resumes its protests, will block the Foreign Ministry for two hours (Republika)
Borisov warns of growing hatred between Bulgarians and Macedonians (Republika)
State Department: US supports beginning of Skopje’s negotiations with EU (MIA)

Blinken-Rama: US greatly appreciates your leadership, this partnership will be long remembered (Radio Tirana)
Rama commemorates 22nd anniversary of liberation of Prishtina (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 14, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 14, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: Five new cases, no deaths (media)
• Osmani: Whereabouts of missing persons, top priority in Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)
• Konjufca: Kosovo’s internal issues will not be raised in Brussels (Telegrafi)
• Minister Aliu cleared of abuse of power charges (media)
• Sources: Osmani asked Daka to step down from CEC post (media)
• Hungary expected to take KFOR command in November (Klan Kosova)
• EU plans to invest €2 million in Janjeva, to boost tourism (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian areas in Kosovo without newly infected (Radio kontakt plus)
• Petkovic: We are going to Brussels to defend the position of Belgrade (RTS, N1)
• Dacic: Pristina puts dialogue in the background by an announcement of a lawsuit for genocide (N1, FoNet, Beta)
• Brnabic: No talks, accords or joint agreements with Kurti (Radio KIM)
• Dacic: Cultural heritage in Kosovo endangered, attempts to revise history (Kosovo-online)
• Serb cemetery in Orahovac desecrated (Kosovo-online)
• Bilčík: Army Exercise with Belarus, Russia doesn’t help Belgrade’s road to EU (RFE, N1)
• NATO summit starts (Tanjug, B92)
• “Serbs in Kosovo do not have institutional protection” (KiM radio, RTK2, Kosovo Online)
• Two busses from central Serbia banned from entering Kosovo (RTS)


• Can Albin Kurti reshape the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue? (Prishtina Insight)


• Serbia allows Pfizer-Biontech vaccine for 12-15 years olds (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 14, 2021

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• COVID-19: Seven new cases, one death (media)
• Half of NATO troops in Kosovo already fully vaccinated (Koha)
• Kurti on unification of Albanians: Our goals remain unchanged (media)
• Kurti’s chief of staff comments on Orthodox Church liturgy (media)
• Ceku: Interfaith harmony is a quality that distinguishes Kosovar society (media)
• Von Cramon: Association to be part of the final agreement package (KP)
• Quint had asked Hoti to explain delays in discussing Association (Koha)
• COMKFOR, Quint ambassadors discuss security situation in Kosovo (media)
• KLA veterans react to picture of Serbian flag t Koshare, police refute news (media)
• Police: Buses with passengers from Serbia did not submit request to visit Kosovo (media)
• CEC ready for local elections estimated to cost €7.5 million (media)
• LDK’s Veliu rejects decision to remove him from party branch’s top post (media)
• Biden’s Balkans Test Has Arrived (Foreign Policy)

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