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Belgrade Media Report 19 August

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• Petkovic: Working day and night to find a solution (RTS)
• Vucic sends message from Brussels (N1)
• Vucic calls meeting with Kosovo Serb representatives (Tanjug)
• Petkovic: Vucic to make no statements in Brussels, to speak on Friday (RTS/Tanjug)
• Borrell: No agreement today, discussions to be continued (Tanjug/RTS/Politika)
• Jeremic: Serbia should not give up on Kosovo (N1/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS officials react to Schmidt’s behavior during media address in Gorazde; Dodik: I understood that he said that it was them in FB&H and not us in RS (ATV)
• Dodik: Not all people died for B&H, Serbs died for RS; Komsic responds that Dodik tells falsehoods (Nova BH)
• HR Schmidt’s media appearance involving harsh criticism of politicians and situation in B&H sparks reactions; B&H officials say this was a good performance or anger because plans for electoral reform were revealed (O Kanal)
• Grlic Radman: HR Schmidt should correct mistakes of his predecessors so that reforms would be implemented to ensure equality of all peoples (FTV)
• Viskovic: The only formula for the survival of B&H is an agreement between the constituent peoples and institutions within B&H, without the interference of foreigners (Srna/ATV)
• Dodik confirms that he will visit Russia at end of September (ATV)
• Cvijanovic tells Kalabukhov that RS is committed to preserving peace and stability (ATV)
• German Ministry of Foreign Affairs: We will not allow security vacuum in neighborhood, internal situation in B&H is tense (Hayat)
• Pahor: I am exerting efforts so that the EU sees Western Balkans a chance and not as a problem (NAP.ba)
• HDZ B&H starts two-day meetings behind closed door in Vitez, participants focus on changes on Election Law, future development of political situation in B&H (Vecernji list)
• Croatia: We don’t have an opinion on the proposed EU travel ban for Russians (Hina)
• Deputies today on no confidence in the government (CdM)
• Abazovic: I am ready for a technical government (TV Adria)
• Scekic: It would be disgrace if Abazovic, who signed Fundamental Agreement, was to be dismissed (CdM)
• Brownout threat remains, as Albania helps Kosovo avoid being region’s first to cut supply (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 19, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo, Serbia chief negotiators to meet next week in Brussels (Kanal 10)
• Kurti: Spain should recognise Kosovo; Catalonia is not the same case (media)
• Haradinaj: EU should hand over to President Biden portfolio for final agreement (media)
• Kosovo’s Special Prosecution investigating “illegal organisations” from Serbia (RFE)
• 519 new cases with COVID-19, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• We are looking for a solution, Vucic to addresses the public on Sunday, said Petkovic (RTS)
• Hill: The Serbian side came to the talks in Brussels in a positive spirit (Tanjug, RTS)
• Petkovic: Vucic to make no statements in Brussels, to speak on Friday (Tanjug, media)
• Vucic sends message from Brussels (N1)
• Grenell: Kurti rejected every idea proposed by the EU and the US so far (KiM radio, N1)
• Bishop Teodosije with Hovenier about the problems of the Serbian Orthodox Church (KiM radio)
• In the neighbourhood of Suvi Do the flag of “KLA” and “Greater Albania” (KiM radio, Tanjug, Kosovo Online)


• Negotiations in Brussels, where is the room for compromise (RTS)


• Open Balkan initiative risks aggravating political problems in the region (DW)
• Twitter Suspends Accounts of Serbian Ruling Party MPs, Officials (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 19, 2022

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Serbia, Kosovo Leaders ‘Make No Progress’ at Brussels Meeting (BIRN)
U.S: We are closely monitoring the talks, use them effectively (Telegrafi)
Price: Secretary Blinken personally invested in breaking the deadlock (media)
Kurti presented chapters of General Framework of Agreement (media)
Vucic: I had a difficult day, I can’t say it ended successfully (Albanian Post)
Scholz and Macron contacted Kurti and Vucic before the meeting (RFE)
Palokaj: Meeting between Kurti and Vucic, best one so far (Koha)
Tuhina: There will be intensive talks by EU with Kurti and Vucic (RTK)
Kosovo Albanians and Serbs, hope dialogue will calm the situation (VOA)

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