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Belgrade Media Report 8 August 2022

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 8 August 2022


• Brnabic: Serbia cherishes remembrance of its victims (RTS)
• US strongly supports Belgrade-Pristina dialogue with EU mediation (Tanjug/RTS)
• Serbia committed to stronger cooperation with Colombia (Politika/Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Principled position of Paraguay, Brasil and Salvador regarding Kosovo and Metohija (RTV/Tanjug)
• Selakovic attends inauguration of Colombian President (Tanjug)
• Petkovic: Serbs want ZSO, not documents of false state of Kosovo (Tanjug/RTV)
• Petkovic: I hope Pristina will take following dialogue seriously (RTS)
• Brnabic: SNS consultations on PM designate, government to begin on Monday (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Escobar: Talks on formation of Community of Serb Municipalities must begin (Tanjug)
• Mojsilovic visits Mrce Base in Ground Safety Zone (RTS)
• People’s Party requests extraordinary parliament session on Kosovo (FoNet)
• Russian journalist detained in Kosovo for espionage released from custody (N1)
• Detention of Russian journalist Aslamova in Kosovo and Metohija is a provocation (Sputnik/Tanjug/RTV)
• Shots fired towards Zubin Potok (N1/KoSSev)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Escobar briefs press about relations between Kosovo and Serbia; Escobar says US will support B&H government formed after free elections; Escobar says US supports OHR and changes to Election Law imposed by Schmidt (AJB)
• Six US senators suggest adoption of law to enable NATO to deploy military mission to B&H in case Russia blocks extension of EUFOR’s mandate in November this year (O Kanal)
• Dodik: Initiative of US senators to ensure that NATO deploys military mission in B&H is occupation and unnecessary escalation of tensions (ATV)
• 2022 General Elections (BHT1/Oslobodjenje)
• Kristo meets Plenkovic, general elections in B&H was one of special topics of the meeting (Dnevni list)
• Covic congratulates Oluja anniversary (Dnevni avaz)
• Croatia marks Day of Victory and Patriotic Gratitude, Day of Croatian Veterans and 27th anniversary of Operation Oluja (HRT1)
• Prime Minister and President dismiss Serbian insults after 5 August celebrations (HRT1)
• Izetbegovic: We will not succumb before pressures and blackmails (Jutarnji list)
• Noah Gal Gendler: State of Israel supports proposals of Croat side regarding electoral legislation changes (Vecernji list)
• Agreement with the Church of Serbia legally void, says Vujanovic (Gradska RTV)
• EU Delegation in Montenegro: Every act of broad public interest should be the subject of adequate consultations (Antena M/Pobjeda)
• Nikolic: Government has to fall in order to unblock EU integration process (RTCG)
• Montenegro supported the new package of EU sanctions against Russia (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Escobar: North Macedonians are Europeans, historically they are Europeans, culturally they are Europeans (MIA)
• Work for citizens of countries of Open Balkans without visas and work permits (MIA)
• IPSOS poll: VMRO-DPMNE will win early elections by a margin of nearly 200 thousand votes compared to SDSM (Republika)
• Begaj meets China’s Ambassador to Albania Zhou Ding, exchanging views on Chinese-Albanian relations and bilateral cooperation in various fields (Radio Tirana)
• EU Ambassador in Tirana: Albania has started a new chapter towards the EU! The opening of negotiations offers great opportunities (Radio Tirana)
• Analyst Richard Kremer: Albania and North Macedonia part of the European family in 2030 (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 8, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 8, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• PM Kurti for RFE: Situation in north could have escalated into armed conflict
• PM Kurti interview with La Repubblica
• Joseph: Open Balkan undermines the Berlin Process (Deutsche Welle)
• Turkish President Erdogan to visit Balkans next month (Klan Kosova)
• Two deaths and 331 new cases with COVID-19 in last 24 hours (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Pristina claims licence plates not topic of 18 August meeting, Escobar, journalists think otherwise (KoSSev)
• I expect Brussels meeting to be constructive, Brnabic tells Hill (Tanjug)
• Peoples’ Party (NS) demands extraordinary Parliament session on Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Russian journalist declared ‘persona non grata’, banned from visiting Kosovo (KoSSev, Kosovo Online)
• Serbian List: Do not fall for Pristina’s provocations (RTS)
• Rohde responds to Petkovic (Kosovo Online)
• Insulting graffiti and swear-words written in Donja Brnjica (Radio KIM)
• State Secretary Starovic: Kurti’s behaviour pattern unlikely to change (N1)
• Selakovic attends inauguration of new Colombian President (N1)
• Global Firepower: Serbia ranks 61 on Global Firepower index (N1)
• Brnabic: SNS consultations on PM designate, gov’t to begin on Monday (N1)


• ‘Spying’ Russian Journalist Rejected by Kosovo Back in Serbia (BIRN)
• ‘It’s a privilege to represent my country’: Dua Lipa is made an Honorary Ambassador of Kosovo by President Vjosa Osmani (Daily Mail)
• Wild east: five Balkan countries to discover for your next holiday (The Guardian)
• Bangs for Bucks: Serbian Arms Dealer Makes Mockery of US Sanctions – Again (BIRN)


• Broken dreams’ of Murdered Women Become Mural in Prishtina (Prishtina Insight)
• Joksimovic: EU approves 223.7 million Euro grant for projects in Serbia (N1)
• Saudi Arabia approves meat, milk imports from Serbia (Tanjug)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 8, 2022

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• Borrell confirms invitation to Vucic and Kurti to discuss way forward (Koha)
• Kosovo pledges no talks with Serbia two topics that activated the north (Koha)
• PM Kurti says “criminal gangs” behind attack against police in north (media)
• EULEX chief condemns attack against police in the north (media)
• Interior Minister Svecla visits Bernjak border crossing (Kallxo)
• Russian reporter Daria Aslamova declared persona non grata in Kosovo (media)
• Kandic: Regions where Delic operated, over 2,000 civilians killed (RTK)
• Dua Lipa Thrills Fans Performing on First Day of Sunny Hill (BIRN)
• ‘Sunny Hill was kept where it belongs’, Kurti receives Dua Lipa (euronews.al)
• 618 new cases, one death from COVID-19 in last 24 hours (media)

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