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Belgrade Media Report 6 August 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 6 August 2021


Vucic: We have US support for Open Balkans initiative (Tanjug/RTV)
Stefanovic: Serbia continues to lead a balanced defense policy (RTS)
Mustafa Ceric’s five advises to Christian Schmidt (Politika)
Bilcik: Serbia to stop glorifying war criminals (N1/RFE)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik’s announcement that there might be meeting with Schmidt after all causes reactions of RS opposition (FTV)
Vukanovic says RS opposition should not make any deals with Dodik as his policy is devastating primarily for Serb people in B&H and RS as a whole (FTV)
Borenovic: By attending meeting, opposition did not support Dodik, but right not to accept imposed solutions (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik says he will meet Schmidt only if all Serb parties agree on that (RTRS)
Source says Vucic complimented Sarovic at meeting in Belgrade; Analysts Soja, Topic argue Vucic made influence on Dodik to change stance on holding meetings with Schmidt (EuroBlic)
Komsic: Dodik went to Belgrade to complain to Vucic, but since he did not receive support for his actions, Dodik decided that he would meet with Schmidt (N1)
Komsic and Dzaferovic warn that Dodik’s loss of political compass causes direct damage to state of B&H and its citizens (Hayat)
Kalabukhov says he does not plan to cooperate with Schmidt (Nezavisne)
Bosniak Caucus in RS Council of Peoples raised issue of protecting vital national interest over Law on Non-Application of Decision of High Representative and Amendments to Criminal Code of RS (BHT1)
Prosecutor’s Office of B&H forms 22 cases upon reports for crime of denial of genocide (Nova BH)
Cvijanovic: B&H has no future because there is no dialogue (Nezavisne)
Cabinet of Serb member of B&H Presidency distances itself from Turkovic’s behavior in Tehran (Srna/RTRS)

Croatia celebrates Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day, and Croatian Veterans Day (HRT)
PM: We will not allow anyone to question legitimacy of operation Storm (Hina)
Bozinovic: Ustasha salute is banned and sanctioned (Hina)
Plenkovic expects from HR Schmidt to take care of equality of all three constituent peoples in B&H, especially about rights of Croat (Hina)

“No need for the Serbian world” Abazovic says (MINA)
Republic of North Macedonia

EU to send equipment, assistance to help Macedonia fight wildfires; VMRO-DPMNE seeks resignations (Republika)

Ex-candidate for DP’s chair attacks Basha as US targets Berisha (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 6, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 6, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo Parliament does not pass resolution on Washington agreement (media)
• “Failure of resolution does not mean role of the U.S. is not appreciated” (RFE)
• Sacking initiated for judge involved in leaked audio recordings (media)
• Health Minister: We are reviewing anti COVID-19 measures (media)
• Minister of Education: Around 50% of teaching staff are vaccinated (media)
• Public Health Institute appeals for vaccination against COVID-19 (media)
• COVID-19: 271 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Djuric: The dialogue is Brussels’ responsibility for Washington (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Dacic: Serbia donating Sputnik V vaccine to Iran (N1)
• Serbian Defense Minister and US congressmen on Belgrade-Washington cooperation (N1)
• US embassy in Pristina: Kosovo govt to be open-minded about ‘Open Balkan’ (N1)
• Gajic: There is no single reason why Albanians should resent Bregovic (Kosovo-online, Sputnik)
• Vucic: Attacks on Serbian holy shrines in Kosovo impermissible (Kosovo-online)
• Office for KiM on KLA graffiti in Prilepac (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic: Flat of Dragica Gasic refurbished with new furniture (Kosovo-online)
• RECOM: There was no political attention for the important and reasonable words of Patriarch Porfirije (Beta, N1)


• Moscow expects West to impartially assess Kosovo leadership’s actions — Foreign Ministry (TASS)


• Dream that Survived: Kosovo’s DokuFest Marks 20 Triumphant Years (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 6, 2021

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• New PDK chairmanship elected (media)
• Chief state prosecutor: To my information, wiretaps are unauthorised (media)
• KJC forms commission to review disciplinary liability of judge (media)
• Chief state prosecutor expected to be sacked, sources say (Arbresh.info)
• US diplomat: Talk of early elections in Kosovo (media)
• Kosovo hope trials in absentia will boost war crimes convictions (BIRN)
• Serb defies town’s opposition to return to Kosovo home (AFP)
• “Kosovo aligns left; conservative views on abortion and religion” (Exitnews.al)
• COVID-19: 195 new cases, two deaths (media)

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