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Belgrade Media Report 1 July

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Vucic on embassy move to Jerusalem: Israel has meanwhile recognized Kosovo (Tanjug)
Vucic talked to Merkel; Relations between Serbia and Germany on the rise (B92/Tanjug)
Stanisic, Simatovic each sentenced to 12 years in prison (Tanjug/Reuters/RTS/RTV)
Vulin: Verdict an attempt to try the Serbian state and the Serbian people (TV Pink/RTV)
Dacic: Date of arrival in Serbia of EP mediators (TV Happy/Beta)
Trajkovic: German expert opinion arrives on circumstances surrounding Ivanovic’s murder (Danas/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Ambassador Nebenzya contest Turkovic’s authorization to address UN SC; Minister Turkovic states no authorization from B&H Presidency is necessary for Foreign Minister to address UN SC; Schmidt’s appointment supported by UN SC members (FTV)
Dodik: UN SC did not appoint new HR because there was no consensus for his appointment within this body (ATV)
Tegeltija, Merkel discuss EU enlargement and B&H’s European path (BHT1)
Komsic writes Rapporteur Rangel regarding Resolution on B&H; Rangel: Resolution on B&H is so balanced that no one can say more attention or more importance was given to one constituent peoples and not to the other two (FTV)
IAWG’s session interrupted due to lack of quorum (BN TV)
Several US and European politicians to visit B&H this weekend to discuss electoral legislation with local politicians (Nezavisne novine)
Stanisic and Simatovic sentenced to 12 years in prison each for war crimes committed in Bosanski Samac (FTV)
Brammertz: Conviction of Stanisic and Simatovic is step forward in ensuring accountability for those most responsible (Nova BH)
MICT Spokesperson Eggleston: Verdict to Stanisic, Simatovic proved existence of JCE (Dnevni avaz)
Defense counsel Jordash says verdict in Stanisic and Simatovic case represents cynical attempt at justifying trial which has been going on for 18 years (Nova BH)
Komsic says verdict in case against Stanisic and Simatovic is verdict against Greater Serbia projects; Dzaferovic: Sentence too mild, verdict is historic (Nova BH)
Salkic: Current leaders in Serbia and the RS are not willing to accept the facts and the court verdicts (Hayat)
Reactions of other B&H politicians, political parties to judgments to Stanisic and Simatovic (Nova BH)

Croatian state leadership says verdict in case against Stanisic and Simatovic in no way reflects true nature of policy pursued by those two and Serbian state leadership (HRT1)

Protest over Jovanovic’s arrest: Police intervened (Pobjeda)
Ruling majority should clearly present manner and deadlines for reaching agreement (Dnevne novine)
The policy of Montenegro is more relevant than five years ago (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Scandalous audio recording of Zacarias’ statement: North Macedonian language was once part of the Bulgarian (Republika/SDK news)
Government: Portuguese diplomat’s statement isn’t consistent with Portugal’s proposal for finding solution (MIA)
Dimitrov says Portuguese diplomat’s statement is “inappropriate and unfortunate” (Republika)

Why Ambassador Reeker didn’t meet President Meta in visit to Tirana (AND/VoA)
No Meta-Reeker meeting, presidency reveals gathering wasn’t requested (ADN)
Meetings with Rama and Basha / US Embassy: Reeker underscores Biden and Blinken’s determination that fighting corruption is crucial (Radio Tirana)
Soreca meeting with the head of JAC: To ensure the full independence of the Constitutional Court! (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 1, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 10 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Palmer: Kosovo citizens need freedom of movement (media)
• PDK against sacking of RTK board expected to happen next week (media)
• LDK’s Gashi: Sacking of boards, anti-constitutional act (Indeksonline)
• Serbia violates the Washington agreement (Koha)
• Calls for freedom and equality echo across Prishtina (Prishtina Insight)

Serbian Language Media:

• Since June 17 no new cases of Covid-19 in Serbian areas (KoSSev)
• What could await Kurti if he goes to the north of Kosovo? (Danas)
• Petkovic reacts to Kurti’s possible visit to north (Radio KIM)
• Rakic writes to Quint ambassadors, seeks protection for Dragica Gasic (Radio KIM)
• Reconstruction of religious buildings financed by the EU and implemented by UNDP (KiM radio)
• Gracanica Mayor: We call on KFOR to protect Serbs because the police cannot or will not (KiM radio)
• “KLA” on a billboard in Gracanica; “Youth prevented from placing hoops” in Lipljan (Kosovo Online)
• Video of burning SOC flag appeared on social networks (Kosovo-online, social media)
• Dacic: Serbs in Kosovo most endangered Christian community in Europe (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Protest in Podgorica over one-month detention to Jovanovic (Radio KIM)
• Vucic tells Merkel regional cooperation Serbia’s top priority (FoNet, N1)
• Vucic: Israel recognized Kosovo in meantime, so our interests have changed (Kosovo-online)


• Kosovo’s new political leadership and the dialogue with Serbia: The battle between the little ram and the big fish (EWB)


• Germany, UK Reaffirm Commitment to Western Balkans (Balkan Insight)


• No roaming charges across Western Balkans (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, July 1, 2021

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• COVID-19: Nine new cases, no deaths (media)
• US expect Kosovo and Serbia to respect Washington Agreement (media)
• Kurti: There can be studies, but Ujman belongs to Kosovo (media)
• Kurti on the dialogue: Ask those that made concessions (Koha)
• Germany, UK reaffirm commitment to Western Balkans (BIRN)
• NATO Secretary General to visit Kosovo on Thursday (media)
• Vetevendosje MP says reciprocity is part of negotiations (KTV)
• “Government must convince skeptical countries on visa liberalisation” (media)
• Kurti: Serbia today must distance itself from Milosevic’s Serbia (media)
• Serbian state security chiefs convicted of aiding war crimes (BIRN)
• Simmons’ report to Assembly on alleged wrongdoings, without legal effect (RFE)
• PDK’s Uran Ismaili to run for Prishtina Mayor (media)
• Police arrest 21 persons for suspected corruption in agricultural grants (media)
• Independent Media Commission head arrested (media)

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