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Belgrade Media Report 15 June

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Vucic: I said we would never recognize Kosovo and then Kurti exploded (RTS/B92/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Belgrade is committed to continued dialogue, Borrell will inform Biden about that (Tanjug)
Lajcak on Belgrade-Pristina meeting: Wasn’t easy, but important it happened (N1)
Vucic: Pristina representatives to continue their show (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTS/Beta)
Brnabic: Serbia shows greatest dose of flexibility in relations with Pristina (TV Pink/Tanjug)
EU expects Vucic and Kurti to continue dialogue, not start new talks (Beta)
Dacic: Serbian Orthodox heritage in Kosovo and Metohija in danger (Tanjug/RTV)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

EUD: Sattler says any boycott of 2022 elections would be unacceptable (Faktor.ba)
Becirovic: Accepting changes to Law on Elections of B&H proposed by Covic would be betrayal of B&H (Dnevni list)
Sehic, Novakovic-Bursac say problem of change of ethnic affiliation must be tackled through changes to Law on Elections (EuroBlic)
Sattler: Closing of OHR is not an option at this moment, Schmidt is experienced politician with good knowledge about B&H and region (Fena)
NATO summit begins, final NATO Declaration includes DPA, but not constituent peoples (BHT1)
Komsic: Croatia is coming into conflict with NATO by forcing concept of constituent status of peoples, which is long-outdated concept for European standards (N1)

Croatian government: NATO Summit is not dedicated to B&H, but to series of security challenges and threats, cooperation between allies, collective defense mechanisms and climate changes (Jutarnji list)
Minister says President’s statements about NATO Declaration unsubstantiated (Hina)
Grlic Radman: It was agreed to include issue of Election Law of B&H in NATO Declaration (HRT1)

Krivokapic talked to Biden and Macron (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev at NATO Summit: Leaving vacuum in this part of Europe is not an option (MIA)
Zaev: This is a historic NATO Summit for Macedonia (Republika)
Zaev meets with Biden, invites him to visit Macedonia (MIA)
Zaev meets Radev in Brussels, to pay visit to Sofia this week (Republika)
VMRO-DPMNE resumes protests in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building (Republika)

Parliament submits decision on President’s dismissal to C. Court (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 15, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 12 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Vitia: Mass vaccination process begins today (media)
• Local elections will be held on October 17 (media)
• Borrell pleased that Kurti-Vucic meeting is happening the day US President Biden is in Brussels (Express)
• Kurti: Serbian party with old ideas, we made four new proposals (media)
• Lajcak: Kurti and Vucic confirmed there is no other way but normalization (RTK)
• Daka: My dismissal was illegal and ordered (media)
• EU Office in Kosovo reacts after Osmani sacked CEC chair Valdete Daka (Express)
• Women’s Network reacts to Valdete Daka’s dismissal (media)
• Kosovo Police chief: We had no information about the liturgy (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian areas: One new case, no deaths (Kosovo Online)
• Lajcak about the Vucic, Kurti meeting: It was not easy, but it is important that it happened (N1)
• Kurti after meeting with Vucic: Meeting without incident; it will be difficult, but I am optimistic (N1)
• Vucic after talks with Kurti: I have not attended a meeting like this yet; continuation by the end of July (RTS,media)
• Petkovic: Belgrade emphasized its commitment to the continuation of the dialogue (Blic, TV Pink)
• Jevtic: Those who are bothered by liturgies, today in Brussels said that they are bothered by Serbs in Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Borell: Belgrade and Pristina to use the new momentum in the dialogue (media)
• Problem or solution? (B92, DW)
• Vucic arrived in Brussels (Tanjug, B92)
• EU expects Vucic and Kurti to continue dialogue, not start new talks (Beta, N1)
• NATO leaders value partnership with Serbia (N1)
• KFOR on inquiries of British soldiers in Gorazdevac: Routine activities, to feel the pulse of the population concerning different topics (KoSSev)
• Lawyer Pantovic: I filed an appeal; Djokic was sentenced based on false statements (Beta)


• EU foreign policy chief urges Serbia, Kosovo to move forward (AP)
• Without consent within EU on opening new chapters with Serbia in June (EWB)
• Nora Visoka-Weller: “Silence is a victory for every genocide” (BIRN)
• Serbia Commemorates 1999 Battle Against Kosovo Guerrillas (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 15, 2021

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• COVID-19: Five new cases, no deaths (media)
• The first Kurti-Vucic meeting to be held today in Brussels (media)
• NATO leaders urge a lasting political solution between Kosovo and Serbia (Koha)
• Biden-EU summit has Kosovo-Serbia dialogue on the agenda (Klan)
• Konjufca: The dialoguing manner needs to change (media)
• Vucic says he does not expect Pristina to implement Brussels agreement (N1)
• Central Election Commission head sacked (Prishtina Insight)
• Kosovo President appoints Judge Kreshnik Radoniqi as new head of CEC (media)
• PDK, AAK react to Osmani’s decision to replace CEC head (media)
• Civil society organizations oppose the dismissal of the CEC Chairperson (media)
• Mayor of Istog sentenced to one year imprisonment (Prishtina Insight)

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