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Belgrade Media Report 12 May 2022

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 12 May 2022


• Kosovo applies for membership in CoE; Vucic: Our answer must be smart (B92)
• Vucic from Brussels: It won’t be so easy for those who think they can blackmail us (B92)
• Serbia actively involved in fighting terrorism, radicalism, extremism (Politika)
• Selakovic with Spanish colleague on situation Western Balkans (RTV)
• Dacic thanked Mexican Ambassador for Mexico’s principled position on issue of Kosovo (Beta)
• Brnabic begins her working visit to Dubai (Tanjug)
• Improving economic cooperation with United Kingdom (Tanjug)
• Serbia wants to be part of Saudi Vision 2030 investment plan (Politika/Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HR Schmidt presents Report on situation in B&H before UN SC (BN TV)
• HR Schmidt has several meetings prior to his UN SC address: Security and integrity of states is not negotiable (Dnevni list)
• Dzaferovic addresses UN SC: International community’s support is necessary in relation to RS authorities’ activities that undermine DPA (Nova BH)
• Tegeltija does not address UN SC; Office of Chairperson of B&H CoM: Mission of B&H to UN refused to send requested note, confirming it is directly involved in obstructing Tegeltija’s address (Nova BH)
• Dodik: Schmidt’s address before UN SC and UK Ambassador to UN Woodward’s accusations against RS are result of West’s lack of power to control processes in Balkans (RTRS)
• Ruling parties in RS condemn Arnautovic’s statements and Dzaferovic’s address before UN SC (ATV)
• Viskovic: RS government’s reports to UN SC on situation in B&H changed stereotype about B&H, which was represented by OHR and some other centers of power (Glas Srpske)
• Avdovic: Schmidt did not convey any strong messages or political instructions to independent political institutions in B&H, such as B&H CEC (FTV)
• Brussels and EU administration confirm that there are no plans to open new round of negotiations on changing B&H Election Law (Dnevni list)
• Covic with HDZ of HNC: HDZ B&H must convincingly get the trust in general elections in Croat majority areas (Dnevni list)
• Cavara; Agreement on electoral reform is possible if good will exists, despite the fact elections are announced; HNS conclusions remain in force (Oslobodjenje)
• Members of B&H CEC Bjelica-Prutina and Rogic distance themselves from views of Arnautovic, emphasizing that many issues he raised were not discussed at B&H CEC Collegium and at CEC session (Nezavisne)
• Borrell organizes informal dinner for leaders of Western Balkans in Brussels; Dodik among participants of event (N1)
• Milanovic reiterates he will veto NATO membership of Finland with aim to protect Croats in B&H (N1)
• Economy Minister: Croatia wants stability and progress of B&H (Hina)
• Djukanovic: We desperately need message that all WB countries have a place in EU (CdM)
• Djukanovic: More intensive integration is the only answer that the Balkans would not be a source of instability due to influence of anti-European policy (CdM)
• Djukanovic met with Lajcak in Brussels (CdM)
• Djukanovic met with Vucic, Varhelji, Rama… (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Misajlovski: Parliament blockade is only way to raise awareness to crises we are facing (Republika)
• Mickoski offers an immediate vote to amend the electoral model (Republika)
• VMRO-DPMNE will win 61 seats in next elections, and will not allow DUI to control Macedonian politics any longer (Telma TV)
• Rama meets Borell before informal dinner in Brussels (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 12, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 12, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo Government approves initiative for membership in CoE (media)
• Rama on CoE membership bid: We are sorry for Serbia, we support Kosovo (Klan)
• Gervalla’s announcement after Kosovo’s application to the Council of Europe (media)
• Osmani: Kosovo’s membership in NATO, security for the region (RTK)
• Defence Minister Mehaj travels to U.S. (Zeri)
• Opposition welcomes Kosovo’s application to the Council of Europe (Koha)
• COVID-19: 22 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic says Belgrade prepared for Kosovo CoE application (N1, RTS, Blic)
• Member of the SNS presidency: “I do not want to be ominous, but I think that Kosovo will join the Council of Europe” (Beta, Danas, NMagazin, TV Pink)
• Djordjevic: Accession of Pristina to Council of Europe agreement of Vucic and West (Danas)
• Antonijevic: Pristina violates Washington agreement, there will be consequences on dialogue (Kosovo-online)
• Civil society organisations present report on human rights in Kosovo, note numerous problems (Radio KIM)
• Brussels: Leaders of the Western Balkans reaffirmed commitment to EU path (RTS, Tanjug)
• EU Council President Charles Michel in Serbia next week (RTS)
• Kosovo Assembly elects Kabasic and Miletic members of Judicial Council (Radio KIM)
• FM Selakovic says fighting terrorism is Serbia’s priority (N1)


• Prpa: This is not our game; if we opt in a divided world, we will be losers (NMagazin, N1, Danas)


• Kosovo hopes to join Council of Europe after Russia’s exit (Reuters)
• BIRN Fact-Check: Is Kosovo Set to Join the Council of Europe? (BIRN)
• Kosovo’s membership in the Council of Europe and the comeback of the Washington Agreement (EWB)
• ‘This game is up’: Serbia urged to take a stand on Ukraine’s war (AlJazeera)


• Kosovo choking in garbage (DW, KiM radio)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 12, 2022

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• Kosovo to formally apply for CoE membership today (Koha/RFE)
• Borrell: Western Balkans, EU’s most important foreign policy (media)
• Gervalla-Schwarz: Kosovo delegation ready for dialogue results (media)
• Osmani attends dinner hosted by House Speaker Pelosi; travels to Lithuania for official visit (media)
• Kurti: Kosovo to be put on the global map of information technology investments (media)
• AAK leader Haradinaj meets U.S. envoy to Western Balkans Escobar (media)
• Kosovo FM on moving embassy to Jerusalem: ‘We keep our promises’ (i24News)
• Kosovo and France police directors meet in Zagreb (Kosovapress)
• COVID-19: 14 new cases, one death (media)

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