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Belgrade Media Report 19 May

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• Regional cooperation first priority of Western Balkan countries (Tanjug)
• Kovacevski: Open Balkans boosted trade with Serbia (Tanjug)
• Petkovic with Hill: Pristina persists in its efforts to close door to dialogue (Tanjug/RTV)
• Patriarch welcomes Macedonian church’s decision to restore unity with Serbian church (Beta)
• Michel: European geopolitical community should include Western Balkans as well (Politika/Tanjug)
• Dzaferovic attacks Serb ministers as well (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Tegeltija calls for preparations for elections not to be suspended: Unnecessary insisting on securing funds by a specific date brought us to this situation (Nova BH)
• Covic says that pressure on HDZ B&H is unfounded and that he is not afraid of sanctions (Nova BH)
• Djolnagic calls on HR Schmidt to resolve issue of securing funds for general elections (Hayat)
• Sepic: In the end, the OHR will solve issue of securing funds for general elections (Hayat)
• Hadzikadic expects that international community will engage more actively in issue of securing funds for elections (O Kanal)
• Dodik: I support idea to hold RS parliament session in order for RS to give its share of funds for elections (FTV)
• OHR: Citizens must be enabled to exercise their democratic right to free, fair and democratic elections (O Kanal)
• EU Delegation to B&H: Elections should take place on 2 October in accordance with law and Constitution (N1)
• US Embassy: HDZ B&H’s decision to block financing of elections is irresponsible and unjustified (Hayat)
• UK, German Ambassadors and OSCE comment financing of elections (FTV)
• Boskovic: International community is allowing that the elections are held in line with unconstitutional Law on Elections (Dnevni list)
• Dzaferovic’s claims about blockade of sanctions against Russia disprove accusations of RS opposition that Dodik allowed imposing of sanctions; Comments (RTRS)
• Milanovic calls on Plenkovic to follow Turkey’s example and get favor for B&H by blackmailing Sweden and Finland (AJB)
• FM: Finland and Sweden’s NATO aspirations have Croatia’s “unreserved” support (Hina/Croatian Radio)
• PM: Croatia looks forward to deepening political and economic ties with China (Hina/Xinhua)
• State Department: At this moment we have nothing to announce, and we are not discussing sanctions against politicians in B&H (Vecernji list)
• Djukanovic: Relations between Montenegro and Kosovo exemplary, we support political dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Serbian PM meets N. Macedonian counterpart, economic cooperation on focus (MIA)
• Macron intervention in the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria (Republika)
• Bulgaria dismisses Osmani’s statement that the ball is in their court – this is not a football match (Republika)
• Kovacevski blasts Bulgaria for holding Macedonia and Albania hostage (Republika)
• Election of the President/ The opposition will bring the names of candidates in the second and third round (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 19, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• President Osmani talks about challenges in energy and environmental sectors (Kallxo)
• Kurti’s cabinet reacts to Rama’s statement on Open Balkans (Paparaci)
• Finland expresses support for Kosovo’s CoE membership (media)
• Hovenier: Kosovo is a sovereign, independent, democratic state (media)
• Prime Minister Kurti meets USAID Administrator Power (ATV)
• Prime Minister Kurti meets Congressman Keating (media)
• PDK requests dismissal of the ERO board (Kallxo)
• Haradinaj: Demarcation will be closed, with corrections in certain sectors (media)
• President Osmani commemorates 23rd anniversary of Dubrava massacre (Koha)
• Assembly of Kosovo passes draft law on KSF Military Police (media)
• No classes in Kosovo on Friday, teachers on strike (Koha)
• COVID-19: 12 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbia, North Macedonia PMs welcome church reconciliation (N1)
• HLC, Robelli on verdicts to Haradinaj and Gucati (Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)
• Odalovic: Serbia searches for mass graves, Pristina unresponsive to Belgrade’s requests (Radio KIM)
• Vucic to meet Michel on Thursday (Tanjug)
• Scholz to visit Belgrade in mid-June (Tanjug)
• Petkovic: Kurti has no right to say what Serbs want (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic: Pristina impedes dialogue (Radio KIM)
• General Hodges: Serbia unsure of Western support (N1)
• Ambassador Hovenier: US support integration of Kosovo into Euro-Atlantic structures, including Council of Europe (KoSSev)


• Germany’s Scholz wants Western Balkans in EU (Reuters)
• EU Must Correct ‘Big Mistakes’ on Western Balkans – Manuel Sarrazin (Balkan Insight)
• Montenegro President Leaves Open Review of Border Agreement with Kosovo (BIRN)
• Serbian Police Source Fake Bomb Threats to Seven Countries (Balkan Insight)
• Serbia’s Olive Branch: Breakthrough or Trap for Macedonia’s Church? (BIRN)


• Kosovo bus crashes in Austria, passengers sustained no life-threatening injuries (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 19, 2022

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• Kurti: Kosovo joining Council of Europe, the right step (media)
• Bislimi with Djukanovic: Future of our countries is in the EU (media)
• Albanian PM Rama: Open Balkan will not stop (media)
• Turkey will support Kosovo’s membership in NATO (Koha)
• Inspectors review reports of discrimination against community students (media)
• Opposition leaders react to court decision against increased energy fees (media)
• Haxhiu says Specialist Chambers judges are of Serbian descent (euronews.al)
• Prishtina allocates €350,000 to easy stray dog problem (Prishtina Insight)
• Balluku: Durres-Prishtina railway project to start this year (euronews.al)
• COVID-19: 16 new cases (media)

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