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Belgrade Media Report 23 June 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 23 June 2021


Vucic: I will not sign recognition, but situation not ideal (Tanjug)
Vucic replied to Kamberi: You hide Albanian crimes, but want to make me a criminal (B92)
Brnabic: Cluster 1 opened, conditions fulfilled for 3 and 4 (RTS/Tanjug)
Selakovic: Gratitude to Italy for supporting Serbia’s European path (Tanjug)
Di Maio: Dialogue path to solution between Belgrade, Pristina (Tanjug)
Stefanovic: Serbia must never forget its firm friendship with Russia (Beta/RTS)
Odalovic: More than 1,600 still missing in Kosovo and Metohija (FoNet/RTV)
PKS to open office in Jerusalem (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Grlic Radman: We hope that B&H will get the status of candidate, but 14 criteria must be met (Dnevni list)
Vucic compares RS and Kosovo and asks how can some people have right to self-determination while others do not (O Kanal)
EU Delegation and US Embassy react to announcement of formation of RS negotiation team for talks on future of B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Austrian Minister of Defense Tanner visits B&H, meets Podzic (BHT1)
Raising criteria for status of EU candidate does not help B&H (Nezavisne)
Mayor of Sarajevo Karic officially visits Banja Luka, meets Stanivukovic, reach agreement on cooperation: This is historic day (BHT1/BNTV)
UN’s Nderitu: We are very concerned about level of hate speech in B&H (BHT1)

Djukanovic: We’re proud that we didn’t allow state survival to be called into question after change of government (CdM)
Montenegro will be the first next EU member (RTCG)
Krivokapic won’t resign (Dan)
Abazovic: If someone wishes to overthrow the government, let them do it. As for me, I can leave tomorrow. (CdM)
Becic: We’ll defeat dirty centers of power inside and outside Montenegro (CdM)
DF will seek new Govt with new PM or elections prepared by transitional Govt (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Greece tells Zaev that he has no right to use the adjective “Macedonian”, warns him that he is in violation of the Prespa Treaty (Republika)
Szijjarto: EU risks losing the Balkans if it doesn’t open accession talks with Macedonia and Albania soon (Republika)

Date postponed, no opening of negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia, Zacarias: It has not been agreed to hold the FIC (Radio Tirana)
“Veto”, Bulgaria’s representative in Luxembourg: We appreciate Albania’s achievements, dialogue is open with North Macedonia during the Slovenian EU Presidency (Radio Tirana)
Negotiations, German Minister calls on EU: We must meet our obligations to Albania and North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 23, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 23, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 20 new cases, one death (media)
• PM Kurti travels to France, will meet President Macron (media)
• Kurti discusses dialogue with former EU envoy, Petritsch (media)
• In Austria, Osmani calls on EU to deliver on visa liberalisation promise (media)
• Kusari-Lila: Kosovo to consider if it wants a dialogue finale with Vucic in power (Telegrafi)
• Tahiri: Kurti-led government not open on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Koha)
• Shaip Kamberi: Serbia is in a total state of denial (Prishtina Insight)

Serbian Language Media:

• Raska-Prizren Eparchy: Restoration of shrines in Pomoravlje agreed with UNDP only (Radio KIM, media)
• Jovanovic: ”A consensus reached between the government and the opposition, the secession of KiM not accepted” (Kosovo Online, B92, Tanjug)
• Jeremic: Serbia must never recognize Kosovo, foreign powers change stances (N1)
• Petkovic: Thanks to strong Serbia we are able to help our people in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Bogdanovic: Vucić’s report on dialogue showed there is no solution for Kosovo (N1)
• 22 anniversary of crime in Gnjilane marked, 1639 persons still listed as missing (N1)
• EU: No date for Skopje and Tirana (Beta, N1)
• Stano: Kosovo undertook international obligation to implement agreement on CSM (Kosovo-online)
• Montenegro: Democratic Front condemns vaccine donation to KSF (Kosovo-online)
• Vulin blasts Croatian PM over WWII remarks (N1)


• Hague Tribunal Leaves Uncertain Legacy as Last Trial Nears End (Balkan Insight)
• ”Only by facing reality, the WB countries will be able to move forward towards EU” (EWB)
• Slovenian FM: EU inaction in Western Balkans ‘strategically dangerous’ (euractive.com)


• UNHCR Head: Return should mean that you are welcome (Kosovo-online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 23, 2021

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• COVID-19: 18 new cases, one death (media)
• Norway donates over 180,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Kosovo (media)
• Di Maio on the dialogue: US-EU cooperation, a historic opportunity (Koha)
• Bogujevci: Let’s work together to reach a peace agreement in the region (Koha)
• Cakaj: I don’t plan to join any political party in Kosovo (media)
• PDK senior member: We haven’t discussed candidates for party leader (KTV)
• Demhasaj: PDK is gradually distancing from links with KLA (Telegrafi)
• Committee approves Simmons call to report on allegations about EULEX (RTK)
• Former judge: EULEX transferred war crimes files to Serbia (Exit News)
• EULEX refutes Simmons’ allegations on cooperation with Serbia (media)
• RTK Board says recommendation for its dismissal is political (media)
• Discrimination in social and health services (Kosovo 2.0)
• Upcoming Cannes festival recognises Balkan film talent (BIRN)

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