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Belgrade Media Report 11 May

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• Guterres congratulates Vucic (RTS)
• Vucic meets Sarrazin; Says imposed solutions cannot bring prosperity and stability in B&H, Serbia advocates consistent, full implementation of DPA (N1/RTS)
• Vucic: The West logically demands that Serbia align with their foreign policy (Beta/Tanjug)
• German Envoy: Berlin backs region’s EU membership, active engagement with Serbia (Beta)
• Sarrazin: EU path only right path for Serbia (Tanjug)
• Mihajlovic: Germany important partner of Serbia in energy transition (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Terrorism is the most serious threat to peace (Beta)
• Opposition leader calls state TV to open up (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Chollet thanks Schmidt for Report on situation in B&H: US remains committed to implementation of DPA and HR’s mandate (O Kanal)
• Dodik: Dzaferovic’s visit to New York is not authorized (ATV)
• Zakharova: Christian Schmidt is a fraud (ATV)
• HNS: Croat political parties will participate in elections but will not give up on territorial reorganization of B&H; Magazinovic: Current HDZ B&H’s conditioning may mean complete institutional blockade after elections (O Kanal)
• Following new threats with third entity and reorganization of B&H, daily researches whether Bosnian and pro-Bosnian representatives have adequate response; SDA officials underline responsibility of Prosecutor’s Office of B&H (Oslobodjenje)
• Issue of financing of general elections in B&H still unresolved (Hayat)
• Sattler meets MEPs: Great to see strong engagement from MEPs (Dnevni avaz)
• Plenkovic announces new visit of EU officials to B&H and new talks on Election Law (Vecernji list)
• Croatian bishops and Plenkovic seek equal position for Croats in B&H (Vecernji list)
• Abazovic: I stand for the Open Balkans – an initiative made for six countries; Issue of demarcation with Kosovo is over for Montenegro (CdM/Klan Kosova)
• Mandic: We call on the opposition to organize big protests together (RTNK)
• Elections in Podgorica and another 13 municipalities to be held on 23 October (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• VMRO began its full blockade of parliament (Republika)
• Another small coalition partner threatens to bring down the government (TV21)
• EU says still no change to the accession process, even after Macron outlined a radical vision (MIA)
• First round for the election of the new president set on 16 May (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 11, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Chief negotiators to try and set the scene for a new Kurti-Vucic meeting (Koha)
• Shasha: No visa liberalisation this year; a European tragedy (Telegrafi)
• Excavation in search of human remains commences in Serbia (media)
• Haxhiu meets Venice Commission representatives (media)
• Three international agreements voted by the Assembly today (media)
• Inflation rate in Kosovo recorded at 11 percent (Koha/Kosovapress)
• COVID-19: 14 new cases, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Petkovic with Cochard on Brussels agreements, Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Kosovo-online)
• Bus transporting Serb returnees from Osojane stoned (RTS)
• Guterres congratulates Vucic on his election as President of Serbia (RTS)
• President of Basic Court in Mitrovica North returns to work following suspension (Kosovo-online)
• Stavalj mine terrain research began at the request of the Pristina delegation for the missing (Kontakt plus radio)
• Selakovic: Gratitude to India for its stance on Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Pahor: EU enlargement to the Western Balkans the most important issue (Kosovo Online, N1, RFE, Hina)
• Infrastructure Minister says Serbia interested in Saudi investment plan (N1)


• Montenegro’s New PM Supports ‘Open Balkan’ Initiative (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 11, 2022

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• Chief negotiators to meet this Friday; discuss license plates and energy (Koha)
• Osmani: No price is too high for democracy and freedom (media)
• Russian-Ukrainian war could spill over into Balkans, Gervalla warns (jpost.com)
• Thaci plead innocent to fresh war crime charges (BIRN)
• Kosovo Assembly meets today; discuss first year of Kurti government (media)
• FM Gervalla to represent Kosovo at informal dinner hosted by Borrell (media)
• Mehaj: U.S. support Kosovo’s membership in NATO (media)
• We’ll apply for CoE membership; we have 2/3 of votes: PM advisor (media)
• Abazovic in favor of Open Balkan; Kosovo would benefit most (Klan Kosova)
• EBRD mulls €22.5 mln loan to Kosovo for solar heating project (SeeNews)
• COVID-19: Four new cases (media)

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