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Belgrade Media Report 12 July 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 12 July 2021


Brnabic: Belgrade-Pristina dialogue precondition for regional security (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV)
Brnabic: Impossible to talk to Kurti (TV Prva//B92/Tanjug/RTS)
Bilcik, Dacic: Inter-Party dialogue talks were constructive (N1)
They got 22 years for murdering 3, 267 Serbs (Novosti)
Dveri to Orban: Show that you are Serbia’s sincere friend by withdrawing recognition of Kosovo’s independence (Beta)
Molina: Spain doesn’t recognize Kosovo because it adheres to international law (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Genocide in Srebrenica recognized through Resolutions in countries across the world, Serbia refuses to recognize it as genocide and calls it massacre (FTV)
Suljagic: Serbia is a regional representative of genocide denial (Nova BH)
Dzaferovic: Time has come to ban genocide denial; Izetbegovic: Denial of genocide and spiteful policy of regimes in Serbia and the RS have contributed to movement of world against such behavior (O kanal)
Inzko: Law on Denial of Genocide needs to be adopted by B&H officials (Nova BH)
Borrell and Varhelyi: We share grief of families of Srebrenica genocide victims and that of genocide survivors (O kanal)
Michel: We are united in our sorrow, but also hope (Dnevni avaz)
Sattler: 11 July should be mourning day in entire B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Erdogan: Turkey will never forget genocide in Srebrenica (BHT1)
Guterres: Denial of genocide and glorification of war criminals is unacceptable (Dnevni avaz)
Kennedy: Srebrenica happened before eyes of many who took vow to protect it, including USA, UK, France as well as UN leadership (Dnevni avaz)
Blinken: US remains strong partner of B&H on path of its democratic development and full Euro-integration (BHT1)
Nelson: What happened in Srebrenica 26 years ago is the fact that must not be forgotten, rejected or minimized (BHT1)
Raab: Srebrenica genocide was one of worst crimes in Europe after WW II (Nova BH)
Dodik criticizes Raab over statement regarding Srebrenica genocide (Nova BH)
Dodik: Marking of the events in Srebrenica is being misused in Sarajevo for political confrontations (RTRS/Srna)
Abazovic is visiting B&H, meets Turkovic, Dzaferovic and Komsic, confirm good-neighborly relations, express wish for bigger cooperation in all sectors (O kanal)
Interview with Abazovic (Nezavisne)
Dodik: Montenegrin delegation attending commemoration is attempt to strengthen position of Montenegro in region; Messages conveyed from Potocari are aimed to intimidate Serb people (ATV)
Srebrenica Municipal Assembly holds commemorative session for all war victims from Srebrenica; Bosniak representatives refuse to attend (BHT1)
Memorial service was held in Bratunac to mark deaths of 3,267 killed Serbs in Bratunac and Srebrenica villages in 1992; Montenegro MP Marko Milacic comments on resolutions on Srebrenica (RTRS)
Dzaferovic calls on Inzko to impose Law banning genocide denial; Reactions from RS officials (ATV)
One of discussions about changes to Law on Elections is about lowering the threshold for general elections (Glas Srpske)
SDA, SDP delegations meet to discuss SDP’s proposal for rationalization of FB&H (Dnevni list)
Niksic denies HNS accusations: SDP’s proposal is not aimed at abolition of cantons (Dnevni avaz)

Milanovic: Croatia, for as long I am the president, will no longer yield to anyone and make concessions concerning rights of Croats in B&H (Vecernji list)
Schmidt addresses Dubrovnik Forum: EU membership of B&H should remain in political agenda (Hina)
Plenkovic: Croatia wants equality for Croats in B&H (N1)
European Committee of Regions (CoR) presents recommendations about B&H (Vecernji list)
Palmer on engagement of US in Western Balkans; Palmer: It is up to parties in B&H to reach compromise on electoral reform (HRT1)

Djukanovic: We rejoiced too early that retrograde ideas were buried together with Srebrenica misfortune (CdM)
Becic: Criminals are shells filled only with evil, neither God nor Allah is with them (CdM)
Abazovic: We’ll investigate responsibility of our people or politicians in bloody dissolution of Yugoslavia (CdM)
Rakocevic: Crisis can be solved only by new EU Govt (Dnevne novine)
Efendic hosted Abazovic and thanked him for the Resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica (Gov. Press service)
Cikotic to Abazovic: Your move is brave and beneficial in the long term (Gov. Press service)
Abazovic in Potocari (Gov. Press service)
Republic of North Macedonia

VMRO calls on SDSM and DUI to stop with their intrigues and support the joint resolution on Bulgaria (Republika)

The Economist Roundtable in Athens, Rama: We are moving ahead with the reforms and all the steps needed to reach the EU (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 12, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 12, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: Five new cases, no deaths (media)
• Deputy PM Bislimi reveals details from meetings in Brussels (media)
• Kurti in Greece: We need help to fight corruption (media)
• Former EULEX judge reports to Assembly Committee for Legislation (media)
• Thaci asked to be sent in house arrest in Slovenia (Indeksonline/Necenzurirano)
• Cakolli: Reporting on dialogue should happen at Assembly, not on social media (Koha)
• US Embassy urges redoubled efforts to find perpetrators of wartime sexual violence in Kosovo (media)
• Ramosaj: There are suspicions that water poisoning may be intentional (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Tanin: Unresolved situation of Kosovo Serb returnee in Djakovica, rights of all returnees must be protected and promoted (KoSSev, media)
• OSCE condemns incidents against Dragica Gasic, says return process should continue (KoSSev)
• Office for KiM enabled food delivery for Dragica Gasic (Radio KIM)
• Brnabic: ”The reactions of the international community to the case of Dragica Gasic ‘lukewarm’, better not to have them” (RTS, TV Pink, Radio Mitrovica sever, KiM radio)
• Gracanica Mayor on the “the latest provocation”: KFOR to increase patrols (Kosovo Online, KiM radio, RTS)
• Vucic to athletes: Feel free to compete against Kosovo judo team (KoSSev)
• Dveri Movement asks Orban to withdraw Hungary’s recognition of Kosovo (N1)
• Brnabic: No place for us in Srebrenica until attack on Vucic is resolved (N1)
• Petkovic in two-day visit in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Ambassador says Spain’s decision not to recognize Kosovo is state policy (N1, Srna, Vecernje Novosti)
• Dragica Gasic: Brave and alone (Danas)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, July 12, 2021

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• COVID-19: 12 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Association of Serb municipalities after parallel structures are dissolved (Koha)
• Kosovo leaders commemorate 26th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide (media)
• Borrell, Varhelyi statement on Srebrenica genocide anniversary (media)
• Gervalla: EU should not be blamed for our mistakes (media)
• Tanin: Kosovo to ensure an enabling environment for all returnees (media)
• President Osmani requests support from EULEX, experts urge caution (Koha)
• Kadri Veseli released to visit family following father’s passing (media)
• Op-ed: Kurti’s momentous opportunity to transform Kosovo (The Jerusalem Post)

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