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Belgrade Media Report 16 June 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 16 June 2021


Vucic: Pristina side came with intention not to have dialogue (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
They said: recognize Kosovo’s independence; I’ve never experienced anything like this (TV Prva/B92)
Irresponsible statements hinder normalisation of Belgrade-Pristina relations (Tanjug)
Odalovic: Kurti’s statement for daily use, he did damage to the search for the missing (RTS)
Drecun: Preparation for the meeting not done properly (RTS)
Serbia took all steps to speed up EU integration (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Turkovic, Dzaferovic welcome NATO declaration; Other reactions to NATO declaration (N1)
Komsic: Constituent status of people in B&H is not in accordance with NATO values which is why this was not brought up; Dodik, Pendes disagree with Komsic’s statement (ATV)
EUD: 2022 general elections should be held in line with improved constitutional and electoral framework (Dnevni list)
Nelson: IAWG should overcome political discussions and focus on concrete proposals in order to reach wider consensus on much needed election reforms (FTV)
Borenovic: All political elites must accept reality of DPA which created B&H as it is today; Election Law must be amended in order to have fair elections which reflect true will of voters (Dnevni list)
Representatives from Croatia fail to support report on B&H that AFET established (FTV)
Cvijanovic: Final version for talks on future of B&H will be sent to representatives of authorities in FB&H soon (RTRS)

Milanovic: Any changes in B&H must not happen without Croatia and Serbia, original signatories of DPA (Hina)
Milanovic: Reference to Dayton was opposed by Germany, Italy and other states (Hina)

Djukanovic: Great comeback of a friend, partner and ally (CdM)
Djeljosaj to visit the US and discuss relationship between Krivokapic’s govt and minority nations (CdM)
The government is tarnishing the country’s reputation (RTCG)
Lukovac: Ministry of Foreign Affairs seriously damages Montenegro’s reputation (Pobjeda)
The opposition left the Committee on Electoral Reform (CdM)
MPs to discuss Leposavic’s dismissal (CdM)

Soreca meets Basha (Radio Tirana)
Albania and Greece agree to speed-up negotiations for maritime-dispute (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afteroon Edition, June 16, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 16, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 15 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Lajcak: If you don’t trust the EU, go somewhere else (Koha)
• Kosnett: Kosovans can achieve peace by working together (media)
• Hyseni slams Kurti’s appearance at Brussels meeting (media)
• Budget committee recommends dismissal of RTK board (Kallxo)
• Opposition boycotts meeting of CEC, called by new chief (Telegrafi)
• Konjufca expresses Kosovo’s goal to join OSCE (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Pristina wanted to avoid dialogue, report to the Assembly on June 22 (RTS, Blic)
• The only news from the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue was that a meeting was held (RTS)
• Odalovic: Kurti’s statement about me for internal use (N1)
• Spahiu: Kurti should not use derogatory terms for Odalovic; Kandic: Odalovic can’t lead Commission for Missing Persons (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic on Kurti, dialogue in Brussels (Kosovo-online)
• Serbia’s MFA: Pristina delegation shows ”frivolity, irresponsibility” (N1)
• Serbian List conveyed security concerns in meeting with US Ambassador (RTS)
• Selakovic: ”Viola von Cramon increasingly lobbying for a self-proclaimed Kosovo” (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)


• Serbia, Kosovo restart EU-brokered talks, remain far apart (AP)
• Serbia, Kosovo remain at loggerheads as talks resume (DW)
• Kosovo President Osmani: Today’s challenges require ‘an entirely different governing mindset’ (Atlantic Council)
• Serbia, Kosovo Leaders’ First Meeting Marred by Disagreement (Balkan Insight)
• National Digital Transformation: A Conversation With Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (forbes.com)
• Carla Del Ponte: “I Keep Telling Myself that Justice Will Prevail” (spiegel.de)


• Finding shelter in Kosovo (Kosovo 2.0)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 16, 2021

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• COVID-19: 13 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti and Vucic clash in first Brussels meeting (Prishtina Insight)
• Bislimi: Churches issue was neither raised nor will it be discussed (Koha)
• PDK accuses Kurti of breaking promise on dialogue with Serbia (Koha/Klan)
• Haradinaj to Kurti: Withdraw from many points, seek only recognition (RTV21)
• Haziri: There were no negotiations, only a meeting (Klan Kosova)
• Presevo Valley Albanians request from Kurti to be part of the dialogue (media)
• Konjufca: Serbia using double standards in the dialogue process (media)
• EU, U.S. at Brussels Summit make commitment to Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (RTK)
• Haradinaj: Vjosa Osmani is a servant of Kurti (Zeri)
• Abrashi: Idea of Association won’t be implemented, it would be fatal (media)
• President Osmani extends technical mandate of EULEX (Koha)

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