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Belgrade Media Report 17 May

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• Serbian Orthodox Church establishes full canonical communication with North Macedonia’s (Beta/Politika)
• Brnabic: Pristina’s CoE membership bid comes amid greatest violations of Serb rights (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Borell: Close ties to Putin regime no longer compatible with EU integration (Beta)
• Selakovic: Szijjarto called for offering Serbia EU membership immediately (Tanjug/RTV)
• Dacic: Pristina’s membership against international law (RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic, Bakoyannis discuss Kosovo (Beta/Politika)
• Vucic to Orban: Dear friend, Serbia will remain a reliable, loyal and sincere partner (B92)
• Serbia, France partners in implementation of Green Agenda (Tanjug)
• Is German Bundestag preparing resolution of support to Sarajevo (Politika)
• Berlin attacks Dodik, targets Belgrade (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Western Balkans meet Borrell in Brussels; Turkovic: No one mentioned reform of B&H Election Law but Croatian Minister Grlic Radman (FTV)
• B&H HoP fails to discuss proposal for reduced VAT rate and laws important for B&H’s path to EU (O Kanal)
• B&H CEC: We said all we had regarding matter of financing of elections; If funds are not secured by 19 May it is up to judicial institutions to act (Oslobodjenje)
• OHR: B&H CoM should fulfil its obligation and secure funds for holding elections (O Kanal)
• Kavalec: B&H CoM must secure funds for elections (FTV)
• Koenig: It is of outmost importance to secure fair, free and inclusive elections (Dnevni avaz)
• Varhelyi sent letter to Bevanda regarding funds for holding elections (Istraga.ba/O Kanal)
• Uebber calls for securing of free, fair and inclusive elections; Germany regrets agreement on electoral reform was not reached (Dnevni avaz)
• Radoncic: Milanovic did a good thing for Croats, he managed to get US Administration’s attention to their problems (N1/Dnevni avaz)
• Washington: Tegeltija calls on US officials to visit B&H to talk with political representatives of constituent peoples on all important issues; Tegeltija: US officials were the most interested to discuss the upcoming elections (BN TV)
• Milanovic: Hangnail of Croats in B&H is more important for me than entire Finland (N1)
• Plenkovic comments on Milanovic’s initiative that Croatia should block entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO until Election Law in B&H is changed (HRT1)
• Djukanovic with Dvorak: Full agreement on the necessity of geopolitical observation of the EU enlargement policy (CdM)
• Abazovic with the Ambassador of Finland: Montenegro supports Finland’s request to be a member of NATO (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• VMRO will hold a large protest on 18 June (Republika)
• Nikoloski: A serious number of EU countries are not convinced that Macedonia should be allowed to open its accession talks (Republika)
• Borrell sees 30 June as deadline to resolve the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria (Republika)
• Serbian church welcomed return of the Macedonian church to canonical unity, but did not offer full independence (Republika)
• Russian church endorses the Serbian response on the dispute with Macedonia (Republika)
• Countries that have embraced sanctions against Russia will benefit a wider political inclusion with the EU, dialogue Kosovo-Serbia should continue (Radio Tirana)
• Borell: EU should start negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia before the termination of the French presidency (Radio Tirana)
• Xhacka and Varhelyi: The decision for first inter-governmental conference should be taken in June (Radio Tirana)
• Applying for NATO membership, Ambassador of Sweden meets with Rama (Radio Tirana)
• The first round for election of President of Republic failed, both political sides did not propose names (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 17, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Kosovo among first to side with democratic world in sanctions (media)
• ESI: 47 again? Russia out, Kosovo in (media)
• Aliu: Important meeting of ministers from region in Prishtina tomorrow (Indeksonline)
• Vetevendosje MP sentenced to prison time for abuse of power (media)
• Caplan: I fear Kosovo and Serbia are heading toward a frozen conflict (Express)
• COVID-19: four new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Borrell hopes for a meeting between Vucic and Kurti before summer (KiM radio, Tanjug)
• Kosovo Minister of Culture announced Kosovo’s application to UNESCO for 2023 (Danas)
• Serbian PM Brnabic: Pristina’s CoE membership bid comes amid greatest violations of Serb rights (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Szijjarto called for offering Serbia EU membership immediately (Tanjug, media)
• Dacic with Bakoyannis on Kosovo’s accession to the Council of Europe (KiM radio)
• Vulin: Serbia being targeted by ‘special warfare’ (Tanjug)


• EU Foreign Affairs Council discusses the impacts of war in Ukraine on the Western Balkans (EWB)


• Serbian-Albanian friendship website launched (KiM radio)
• Record increase of prices in Kosovo (Telegrafi)
• More Illegal Migrants Caught at EU Borders, as Detections at Western Balkan Route Spike Up By 130% (schengenvisainfo.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 17, 2022

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• Borrell: We support visa liberalization for Kosovo (media)
• Baerbock: Kosovo, Serbia to be supported in normalization process (Koha)
• U.S. supports Kosovo’s CoE membership bid (Telegrafi)
• Op-ed: The time to incentivize the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue is now (BIRN)
• In U.S., Kurti meets students at Michigan University (media)
• Haradinaj: Demarcation issue cannot be closed by one side (media)
• Kosovo tightens sanctions against Russia (euronews.al)
• Croatian President: Kosovo is an internationally recognized state (media)
• Entry to US banned for several Afghan refugees in Kosovo (euronews.al)
• RTK plans to apply for EBU membership by year’s end (Nacionale)
• COVID-19: 7 new cases (media)

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