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Belgrade Media Report 28 June 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 28 June 2021


Basic values ​​of Serbia independence, freedom, peace (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic: We are not interested in conflicts (Tanjug/RTS/B92/Beta)
Dacic: Bundestag disappointed with Pristina’s approach (DW/Beta)
Joksimovic: All W. Balkan countries feel stalled on EU path (Tanjug)
Jeremic to Selakovic: Support for Albanian Security Council seat imprudent (Beta)
General Vitale: Cooperation between NATO and Serbia much stronger than people can see (Blic/Beta)
Ten years ago, CNN advertised Kosovo as a land of opportunity. It’s not a state yet (Kurir/Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Tegeltija responds to SDA conclusion stating that Tegeltija is slowing down B&H’s EU path (RTRS)
European Parliament adopts Resolution on B&H; Amendments on constitutional peoples proposed by Croatian MEPs not adopted (Hayat)
Magazinovic: We are disappointed by voting of certain colleagues (Dnevni avaz)
Komsic’s Advisor Kovacevic criticizes stance of SDP Croatia regarding EP Resolution on B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Groselj: Covic, Ljubic, Plenkovic…people of ideas of bad past, this is not modern EU (Dnevni list)
Dodik: German Bundestag is not place where High Representatives are appointed (ATV)
Cvijanovic: High Representative should have a balance position and not threaten or cause harm (RTRS)
Roundtable on work of High Representatives held in Banja Luka (ATV)
UN SC will discuss resignation of High Representative Inzko on Tuesday (Glas Srpske)
Joint tactical live-fire exercise of Serbian Army ‘Lightning Strike 2021’ held at Pester temporary military training ground; Dodik says Serbia’s strength is visible at every step (ATV)

SDP of Croatia rejects criticism coming from SDP B&H (Vecernji list)
Relations of Croats and Bosniaks are in cul-de-sac, Serbs observe them from cool shade of their autonomy (Vecernji list)

Krivokapic: My agenda is not against anyone, but to get better country for all of us (CdM)
Radovic to Krivokapic: We’ll overthrow the govt with your help (CdM)
PM’s office answers Radovic: You’ll have to take responsibility for inciting extremism (CdM)
Konjevic: Govt not capable of running country, Krivokapic acts like elephant in glass shop (Pobjeda)
Knezevic: Becic is hiding behind Krivokapic in an endeavor to prevent DF from entering govt (CdM)
Djukanovic: I gave 30 years of my life for what we have today and I don’t regret it (CdM)
Belgrade wishes to sideline Gojko Perovic (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

SDSM: No reason to postpone the census due to local elections (Republika)

Grenell interviews Rama (Radio Tirana/Newsmax)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 28, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 28, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: Four new cases, no deaths (media)
• Gervalla at anti-DAESH coalition meeting reaffirms Kosovo’s comittment to fight terrorism (media)
• Konjufca in Brussels for EP summit (media)
• CEC chief calls for conclusion of election reform (EO/Koha)
• Koci: The Serb woman should be allowed to live in Gjakova (G. Express)
• AI calls on Kelkos to withdraw lawsuit against environmental activists (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbs commemorate Saint Vitus Day (Radio KIM)
• Thousands of people at Gazimestan, police searched and confiscated Serbian symbols (RTS)
• Patriarch Porfirije: “Kosovo and Metohija home of Orthodox Serbs; Albanians as brothers” (N1, KoSSev)
• Vucic: Don’t leave conflicts to future generations (N1)
• Several NGOs from Djakovica demand eviction of Serb returnee (KoSSev)
• Reactions to demand to evict Serb returnee from Djakovica (media, social media)
• “Dragica Gasic is no threat to anyone” (Radio KIM)
• Jeremic to Minister Selakovic: Support to Albania as a non-permanent member of the UNSC, ‘incautious step’ (Danas, Vreme)
• Vucic: We are not interested in wars but in country’s defence (BETA, N1)
• Czech FM: Western Balkans a priority of Czech EU Presidency (N1)
• Financing leaves Western Balkans lagging EU neighbors (N1, Beta)


• Claims an association would advance the rights of the Serb community in Kosovo are misleading (Kosovo 2.0)


• Kosovo War Crimes Court’s First Trial Will Set a Precedent (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo: Slapp suits seeking to silence environmental activist must end (Amnesty International)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 28, 2021

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• COVID-19: 14 new cases, one death (media)
• Kurti: Talks not about status, but about Kosovo-Serbia relations (media)
• Kosovo President says ethnic borders are a dangerous idea (media)
• Government analysing Ujmani report, legals experts warn of consequences it is not implemented (Koha Ditore)
• Kurti: I have not changed my position on Ujmani Lake (Koha Ditore)
• EC President: We want Kosovo to advance fast in European path (media)
• KFOR Commander: KSF in the north only if KFOR permits (Klan Kosova)
• Protest and indignation over return of Serbian national to Gjakova (media)
• Von Cramon in Prizren: Great place for multiethnic life (media)
• Stanisic and Simatovic, Belgrade’s security strongmen (BIRN)

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