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Belgrade Media Report 15 September

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Vucic: Merkel’s visit is stimulus for work on rule of law (Beta)
Serbia and Republika Srpska mark the Day of Serbian Unity, Freedom and National Flag (RTS)
Stefanovic: Serbia sees its future in the European Union (Tanjug)
Serbia’s FM happy with Serbia-NATO dialogue (Beta)
Several opposition parties forward draft agreement on election process to MEPs (Beta)
Sasa Jankovic: They advised me to get closer to Vucic (Danas, Nova S)
Vucic: These are ambassadors, I know who they are (B92)
Serbian Interior Minister Vulin calls Komsic and Dzaferovic hypocrites and Vranj a war criminal (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel warning for B&H citizens going to Serbia (Hayat)
RS officials claim that warning of B&H Ministry of Foreign Affairs is attempt to relativize crimes and undermine Serbia’s reputation (RTRS)
Tegeltija and Chancellor Merkel discuss RS’ rejection of Schmidt as new HR and Election Law of B&H (BHT1)
Tegeltija: Merkel’s visit to the region confirms that Western Balkans remains important both for Germany and the EU (RTRS)
Komsic, Chancellor Merkel supported Serbia’s President Vucic’s policy (N1)
HR Schmidt meets Komsic; Komsic says he disagreed with HR about solutions regarding changes to B&H Election Law (Hayat)
HR Schmidt: EU and international community will gladly help B&H politicians find joint solution, but responsibility lies on elected reps of political parties, peoples in B&H (BHT1)
SDA sends letter to OHR, EUD/EUSR and PIC Ambassadors: Representatives of international institutions in B&H, before publicly presenting their stances, should get familiar with facts and indicators (N1)
Petritsch: B&H is in biggest crisis so far and if next elections in B&H fail due to boycott of Serbs and Croats, that would be de facto end of B&H (RTRS)
Marking Serb Unity Day starts with formal ceremony in Banja Luka, central event to take place in Belgrade (RTRS)

MP Bacic: Vucic’s call for Serbs to fly flags is ‘a provocation’ (Hina)
Pupovac: We’ll do everything so relations in Croatia are ‘not disrupted’ (Hina)


Merkel: Montenegro most advanced EU candidate in Western Balkans (RTCG)
Krivokapic on the status of the Cetinje monastery: “Attack on property” (CDM)
Djukanovic calls for local elections in Mojkovac, Petnjica and Cetinje on 5 December (CDM)

North Macedonia
Zaev talked to Merkel about the need to unblock Macedonia’s EU path (Republika)
Merkel expresses sorrow Macedonia was not allowed to open its EU talks, says Europe is held hostage to nationalism (Republika)


In farewell visit to the region, Merkel focuses on progress, but says ‘impatience and frustration’ with EU is understandable (Tirana Times)
“Open Balkans”: Merkel message from Tirana: I welcome the initiative, I invite other countries to join (Radio Tirana)
President Ilir Meta decrees the government “Rama 3” (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 15, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 12 deaths, 410 new cases (media)
• Osmani: “Open Balkan” is dangerous (media)
• Balkans towards insecurity without Merkel? (DW Albanian, media)
• Minister Libur Aliu brings details about the Agreement in Belgrade (media)
• Uran Ismaili hands over his MP mandate (media)
• AAK decides to hold only five days of pre-election campaign (RTK)
• Kurti testifies in court about threat he received from Haxhi Hoti in 2019 (Klan)
• Special Prosecutor issues two requests for arrest warrant against three individuals (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic on Kurti’s announcement of reciprocity: You cannot influence irrational moves (KoSSev)
• Selakovic: If Pristina launches its recognition campaign, we know what to do (RTS, Kosovo Online)
• The EC president announced a visit to the Western Balkans by the end of the month (Danas, Beta)
• The DFC continues to work with governments to promote economic opportunities in the region (VoA)
• Bieber: Merkel has supported Serbia’s undemocratic regime to some extent (N1)
• Petkovic: ‘’Everything is ready for the celebration of the National Flag Day on KiM’’ (TV Most)
• Dacic on Kurti’s announcements: The time of the election campaign (RTK2, Nova S, TV Pink)
• At the Merdare crossing, the reciprocity measure for the vehicle plates from Serbia not applied (KoSSev, KiM radio, RTK2)
• Rakic: The Serbian list and the candidates for mayors received support from President Vucic (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Elections to be held on April 3 or 17 (Tanjug)


• Leaders of dubious motives (KoSSev)


• Kosovo’s Wartime ‘Commander Cali’ Emerges from the Shadows (BIRN)
• Ex-rebel denies war crimes as Kosovo tribunal opens first trial (Reuters)
• Relationship between Berlin Process and Open Balkan discussed during Merkel’s Tirana visit (EWB)
• Serb Unity Day triggers worries across the Balkans (AP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 15, 2021

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• COVID-19: 24 deaths, 357 new cases (media)
• Kurti: Kosovo to introduce reciprocity with Serbia (media)
• Merkel: Open Balkans cannot replace the Common Regional Market (Exit)
• Kosovo’s Kurti lists four crucial elements to secure peace and stability in the region (Euronews.al)
• Gervalla: We made it clear to Merkel that Kosovo cannot go back before 2008 (Klan)
• President Osmani met with President of Germany Steinmeier (media)
• U.S. ambassador Philip Kosnett gives interview to Kallxo.com
• EU envoy Miroslav Lajcak visits Kosovo today (media)
• EFJ slams Albanian PM for ignoring questions of Kosovo journalists during press conference with Merkel (Express)
• Kosovo war crimes court begins first case (AFP/France 24)

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