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Belgrade Media Report 19 July

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• Vucic: Request for Jasenovac visit first made in September (N1/Beta)
• Dacic says first session of new Serbian parliament next week (FoNet)
• Petkovic: Bislimi’s claims exchange of theses (RTV/Tanjug)
• Athens lodges official protest with Serbia over munitions plane crash (Beta/AP)
• Council of European Union extends Lajcak’s mandate (Beta)
• European path of B&H uncertain, Open Balkans blocked (Politika)
• Site of crimes is theater for them (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Cvijanovic: Decision of Croatian authorities is scandalous (RTRS)
• Dodik pays visit to Israel, honors victims of Holocaust, discusses improvement of cooperation with Lieberman (RTRS)
• B&H media receive confirmation that RS continues registering state property as its own (O Kanal)
• Russian Embassy: Russia remains guarantor of DPA and considers BiH friendly country despite all miserable intrigues of Western partners (FTV/Srna)
• Newly appointed British Ambassador submits credentials to B&H Presidency Chairman (N1/FTV)
• Plenkovic: Vucic will pay a visit when the time is right (Hina)
• Bozinovic comments on Croatia’s ban on Vucic’s visit (HRT1)
• Abazovic: We’re continuing consultations on Fundamental Agreement with Djukanovic today or tomorrow (CdM)
• Krivokapic: SDP to formalize request to shorten government mandate (MINA)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Kovacevski congratulates country’s start of negotiations, says the goal is to join EU by 2030 (MIA)
• Kovacevski thanks Kljusev, Gligorov, Trajkovski and Crvenkovski (Republika)
• Varhelyi: You are a successful model of a multi-ethnic society (Republika)
• Mickoski on the protocol: Macedonia will have to fulfill Bulgarian wishes (Republika)
• Zaharieva: Macedonian language is dialect of Bulgarian, historical issues are part of the negotiating framework (Republika/BNT)
• Brussels/ Rama: “The moment starts now!”; The historic moment of the opening of EU-Albania negotiations (Radio Tirana)
• Rama: Thank you to the Albanian people who never gave up and never stopped dreaming of following the European path (Radio Tirana)
• EC President, Ursula von der Leyen: Historic moment for Albania and North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)
• Borrell: Albania will be supported by the EU to face the hostile influences of third countries (Radio Tirana)
• Kovacevski: We are ready for the EU; I congratulate the citizens of Albania for the opening of negotiations (Radio Tirana)
• Negotiations/ Foreign friends congratulate Albanians; EU-OSCE: A new chapter opens! CDU/CSU Germans: We do not forget the criteria (Radio Tirana)
• Deputy Assistant Secretary of State meets with the head of SPAK: USA supports the new justice; Proud of the cooperation (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 19, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Borrell: European Union not complete without Western Balkans (Klan)
• Rama on accusations against KLA leaders: We want to tell the world that it was a masquerade (media)
• Osmani congratulates Albania, North Macedonia; calls for visa liberalisation (media)
• Haradinaj congratulates Albania and North Macedonia for accession talks (media)
• Krasniqi congratulates Albania, North Macedonia, calls for visa liberalisation (media)
• Analysts sceptical about the success of the dialogue under Lajcak’s mandate (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• The Special Prosecutor’s Office responded to Svecla’s statement on the case in Leposavic (RTK2)
• Serbian List and Petkovic reaction to Svecla’s statement about Radoicic (KiM radio, Kontakt plus radio, Kosovo Online)
• Vlajic: One-month detention to arrested person in Leposavic, charges on ‘attempted murder’ ungrounded (Radio KIM)
• President of Egypt visits Serbia (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic: Vucic never rejected dialogue (KiM radio, Radio Mitrovica sever, KoSSev)
• Dacic says first session of new Serbian parliament next week (N1)
• Rakic met the head of UNMIK: Permanent peace has no alternative (Radio Mitrovica sever, TV Most, Kosovo Online)


• Rapidly escalating COVID-19 cases amid reduced virus surveillance forecasts a challenging autumn and winter in the WHO European Region (who.int)
• Belgrade Bust: Behind the Parties and Plush Condos of Serbia’s Capital (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, July 19, 2022

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• Kosovo Deputy PM accuses Serbia of sabotaging dialogue (Koha)
• Svecla: Radoicic behind smugglers that attack the police (RFE)
• Kurti meets Swiss Ambassador Kolly, OSCE Ambassador Davenport (media)
• “AKI, Police working with KFOR to apprehend criminals in the north” (media)
• One month detention for suspect of attack against police in north (Kosovapress)
• Kosovo Cultural Heritage Sites Hit by Theft, Vandalism: OSCE Report (BIRN)
• US Judge’s Memoir Delivers Verdict on Justice in Kosovo (BIRN)
• Albania, North Macedonia, Brace for First EU Accession Talks (BIRN)

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