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Belgrade Media Report 2 July 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 2 July 2021


Vucic: Verdict says it all (Tanjug/B92)
Brnabic receives Patrushev (Tanjug)
Drecun: Attacks on children most dangerous form of violence (RTS)
Bilcik, Fajon to visit Belgrade on 8 July (Tanjug)
With which legitimacy will Schmidt come to B&H? (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Zakharova: Attempts to appoint High Representative without consensus in UN do not correspond to interests of achieving peace and stability in B&H (RTRS)
Spiric: High Representatives acted as big brother of Bosniak political elite, we must turn to each other and talk (Glas Srpske)
Reactions to MICT’s Verdict against Stanisic and Simatovic (Hayat)
Palmer to visit B&H and join talks on electoral reform; Comments (Nova/N1)
Izetbegovic: Policies of EU and US towards B&H are coordinated; Covic and I are currently far from reaching solution for Election Law of B&H (FTV)
IAWG still without work results (EuroBlic)
Palmer at Prespa Forum: Leaders of Western Balkans should complete difficult reforms that lie ahead of them (FTV)
UK and German FMs sign joint declaration which treats global relations and situation in Western Balkans (Oslobodjenje)
Western Balkans economy ministers meet on eve of Berlin Process Summit (Dnevni avaz)
Turkovic meets UN’s DiCarlo, discussing progress B&H made in integration processes (Oslobodjenje)
Viskovic and Macdonald say cooperation of RS institutions and UN is very good (Nezavisne)

Croatian President: Serbia to choose between EU and Moscow (Hina)
Covic meets Plenkovic in Split, informs him about activities re changes to Law on Elections (Vecernji list)
Opposition warns aggressor collaborators might gain civilian war victim rights (Hina)

Becic officially invites all parliamentary parties to dialogue on 7 July (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev – Tsipras: Prespa Agreement obligates EU to lift hurdles in EU integration process of Western Balkans (Republika)
Zaev: We are Europe now more than ever (Republika)
Ahmeti – Tsipras: Three years after the Prespa Agreement, we are increasingly seeing the benefits (Republika)
Mogherini: Prespa Agreement an inspiration to settle other open disputes in the region (Republika)
Reeker: US is with Macedonia as an ally and a friend (Republika)

“We are disappointed” / Palmer criticizes EU for not opening negotiations for Albania and Macedonia: You are hindering our goals in the region (Radio Tirana)
Switzerland supports cooperation among Western Balkans countries (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 2, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 2, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 17 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Ahmeti: Almost half of Prishtina residents have passed COVID-19 (Telegrafi/KP)
• Kosovo and Albania have differing stances on Mini-Schengen (Koha)
• Kurti meets Lajcak at the Prespa forum (RTK)
• Kosovo purchases Turkish-made armoured vehicles (Zeri)
• Kllokot mayor indicted on charges relating to February elections (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Brnabic: Regional cooperation improves quality of citizens’ lives (Kosovo-online)
• Reeker: US supports Lajcak and the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina (Blic, Tanjug)
• Rakic and Stoltenberg on the security situation in Kosovo (KiM radio)
• Office for KiM: Boy beaten up in Gojbulja village (Radio KIM)
• Brnabic attends the first Prespa Forum Dialogue today (Tanjug, B92)
• Stefanovic: ”Better for Kurti to prepare for Brussels, instead of going to the north” (Kosovo Online, Vecernje Novosti, B92)
• Dacic: Compromise in dialogue is real situation on ground (Radio KIM)


• The time is ripe for substantial electoral reform in Kosovo (Gazeta Express/Kossev)
• Kurti vs Vucic or the continuation of the fight by (international) legal means (KoSSev)


• Stoltenberg: Kosovo force important for the region and NATO (AP)
• Serbian President Voices Hesitation Over Embassy’s Jerusalem Move (Balkan Insight)
• Slovenia Takes Over EU Presidency Amid Wave of Criticism (Balkan Insight)


• Manifesta 14: how the art biennial is set to reclaim Pristina’s abandoned public spaces (The Calvert Journal)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, July 2, 2021

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• COVID-19: 10 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Roma, Ashkali, Egyptian communities ‘excluded’ from vaccination (Koha)
• Denmark, Croatia donate vaccines to Western Balkans countries (media)
• Kurti: There is pressure to implement damaging agreements with Serbia (RTK)
• Kurti: Ujman was built in ex-Yugoslavia; was considered a closed issue (media)
• NATO SG reaffirms commitment to KFOR and Western Balkans stability
• Osmani: Kosovo’s future is in EU, NATO, UN (media)
• Stoltenberg: KSF cannot go to north without agreement with KFOR (Telegrafi)
• Gervalla: Serbia to recognise reality (media)
• Vetevendosje to join forces with Osmani’s Guxo and Kusari’s party (Kallxo)
• Enver Hoxhaj decides not to run for post of PDK leader (media)
• Kosovo court orders detention for media commission duo for bribery (BIRN)
• Pack: Border changes in the Balkans would be devastating (Klan Kosova)
• Osmani and Kurti appoint new intelligence deputy director (media)

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