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Belgrade Media Report 08 July 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 8 July 2021


Orban explained, Vucic thanked him (B92/RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Brnabic: Brussels agreement must be implemented, it has EU’s signature (Tanjug/RTS)
Brnabic: I respect our text (Novosti)
Petkovic: Discussions were not easy, we fought using arguments (Tanjug/RTS)
Lajcak: End of new round of Belgrade-Pristina technical dialogue (Beta)
Agreement with Eurasian Economic Union useful for Serbian companies (Beta)
MEPs’ goal for Serbia’s elections is to be fair, not boycotted by opposition (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kosovo Assembly adopts Resolution on Srebrenica genocide; Comments (O kanal/RTRS)
Dodik instructs B&H Ambassadors from RS not to act upon Turkovic’s instruction to lower flags half-mast 11 July (ATV)
Tegeltija says Turkovic’s initiative to declare 11 July Mourning Day for Srebrenica victims submitted too late (Nova BH)
Heads of Municipalities and Mayors react to Inzko’s statement regarding removal of murals dedicated to Ratko Mladic (ATV)
Mektic: Inzko wasted 12 years doing nothing in B&H, he should not react to anything now (Nova BH)
Covic sends letter to Izetbegovic: Way we reached solution for Mostar is path to solve biggest chapter of EU path of B&H (N1)
Stevandic: Both Izetbegovic and Covic are dishonest, SDA advocates unitarism, deceives public and has bad intentions (Glas Srpske)

Croatian Foreign Minister: Croatia speaks about need for electoral reform in B&H at all international forums (Hina)

Djukanovic to Palmer: Ruling powers change, but Montenegro will always be a reliable partner in preserving stability (CdM)
Kurti: Current demarcation unfair and wrong (Pobjeda)
DF: Anti-Serbian resolutions unite Djukanovic, Krivokapic, Becic, Kurti, Thaci and Haradinaj (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE’s resolution in parliament by Friday, Albanian parties still reserved (Republika)
Kumanovo attack trial: Attorneys acknowledge that the terrorists were in Divo Naselje, but claim they were duped into taking up arms (Republika/Balkaninsight)

Policemen and prosecutors arrested for international drug smuggling (Tirana Times)
Kim: “USA continues to support and work in partnership with you in your endeavor to build a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Albania” (Radio Tirana)
Soreca, and the ambassadors of other EU countries held a meeting with Basha (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 8, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 8, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: Eight new cases, two deaths (media)
• Vitia: We won’t take vaccines from China and Russia (Ekonomia Online)
• Kosovo Assembly dismisses members of public broadcaster board (media)
• “Those why deny Srebrenica genocide, keep alive dream of it repeating” (media)
• Ann Linde: OSCE supports the Kosovo – Serbia dialogue (media)
• Concrete barriers at Decani Monastery replaced with wooden ones (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• No new coronavirus cases in Serbian areas (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Rakic with Ann Linde on problems Serbs face in Kosovo, Dragica Gasic’s case (Kosovo-online)
• Missing persons families excluded from dialogue (Radio KIM)
• U.S. Embassy in Serbia: Statement on the 22nd Anniversary of the Murder of Bytyqi Brothers (rs.usembassy.gov, media)
• Serbian List: We refused to give legitimacy to the intention to “stick the label of genocide” on the Serbian people (KiM radio, Facebook)
• Dacic on resolutions: Justice is when all crimes are condemned (Kosovo-online)
• Milena Popovic: I respect Vucic, it’s clear to all what I think about Radoicic; Trajkovic: Popovic protecting Vucic from the investigation (Danas, Nedeljnik)
• Szunyog on Dragica Gasic: We are closely monitoring the situation, the competent institutions to ensure the right to return (Kosovo Online)


• A Global US Can’t Avoid Confronting China and Russia (Balkan Insight)


• Kosovo Special Prosecutor: ‘Wartime Rape Victims Must Speak Out’ (BIRN)
• Kosovo Adopts Resolution Condemning 1995 Srebrenica Massacre (RFE)
• Is Greece moving towards Kosovo recognition? Fears of Serbian retaliation against Cyprus (greekcitytimes.com)
• Serbia ignores West’s concerns, praises China’s Marxism (euractive.com)


• As Vaccination Campaigns Falter, CEE Countries Get Creative (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, July 8, 2021

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• COVID-19: Nine new cases, one death (media)
• Kurti: Those who deny Srebrenica genocide have to face their past (media)
• Kurti, Vucic to meet in Brussels on third week of July (media)
• Kosovo, Serbia exchange accusations for failure to respect obligations (Koha)
• No dialogue with Kosovo Serbs before negotiations in Brussels (Koha)
• Kosovo ex-minister indicted for hiring firm to promote border changes (BIRN)
• Deputy Defence Minister: We’ll try to repeal Thaci-KFOR agreement (Klan)
• Demiri: Looking forward to strengthening Kosovo – Israel relations (media)
• In Serbia and Montenegro, Srebrenica is still politically toxic (BIRN)

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