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Belgrade Media Report 25 August

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• Vucic: Name of PM designate to be announced on Friday or Saturday (Tanjug/RTS/B92)
• Members of northern Kosovo local assemblies back Vucic to find solution (Tanjug/Politika)
• Hill entertains hope of war in Ukraine bringing Serbia closer to EU, US (Beta)
• Lajcak, Escobar meet Kosovo Serb representatives (KoSSev/FoNet/N1)
• Lajcak: Vucic-Kurti meeting in Brussels not in vain (BBC/Beta)
• KFOR in regular contact with Serbian Armed Forces representatives (Tanjug/RTS)
• Orlic: Important information to be disclosed at September session (Beta)
• Stefanovic: Milanovic protects child killers, not showing a shred of humanity (Tanjug/RTV)
• Council of Europe Serbia’s partner in drafting judicial laws (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Cavara presents names of new FB&H Constitutional Court judges (FTV/O Kanal)
• Dodik files criminal report against Dzaferovic; Dzaferovic: criminal report against me is ungrounded (AJB)
• Dzaferovic and Komsic vote against all five agenda items proposed by Dodik; Dodik: I will obstruct projects in FB&H in response to obstruction of projects in RS (RTRS)
• Russian Embassy: Russia regrets aspirations of certain Bosniak political representatives to join illegal anti-Russian restrictions (RTRS)
• Israeli PM Lapid reprimands Israeli Ambassador to Albania and B&H over his support to HDZ B&H’s proposal of electoral reform in B&H (Hayat)
• Covic: HR Schmidt should impose changes to Election Law and complete the process (Dnevni list)
• Ljubic: I expect that High Representative will make appropriate decisions which will enable legal implementation of indirect elections for House of Peoples, which includes legitimate political representation (Oslobodjenje)
• Conference of Croatian ambassadors, consuls and military envoys to be held, improvement of status of Croats in B&H one of foreign policy priorities of Croatia (HRT1)
• President: Serbia has no right to issue indictments against Croat commanders (Hina)
• Croatian FM: I expect Russia to withdraw from Ukraine (Hina)
• New decision: Elections in Podgorica and Zeta on 23 October (CdM)
• Picula: Montenegro should decide where it wants to go – in the EU or in the orbit of the Russian-Serbian world (Nova M)
• Abazovic: Montenegro stands with the Ukrainian people (CdM)
• Abazovic: Montenegro continues to act in order to support the Ukrainian people for the sake of establishing peace and stability (CdM)
• Djukanovic: Montenegro stands by Ukraine and the brave Ukrainian people; Djurovic: Montenegro calls on Russia to stop hostilities (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• In order to start negotiations on chapters, constitutional amendments are needed that will include parts on other nations (Libertas)
• Russia’s note on the event in Gramsh, MFA: We acted according to the Vienna Convention, the Russian detainees did not request contact with them (Radio Tirana)
• Rama at “European Alpbach” Forum: The war in Ukraine, a chance to use green energy (Radio Tirana)
• Independence anniversary/ Xhacka: Proud of everything Albania has done for Ukraine and its people (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 25, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Lajcak in Mitrovica North: There can be no more barricades (RFE)
• Escobar from the North: We take into account the concerns of Serbs (Albanian Post)
• France calls for talks in spirit of compromise, implementation of agreements (Express)
• Citaku: Kurti in dialogue should convince Washington and Brussels, not Vucic (media)
• New graffiti in the north: “NATO go home, this is Serbia!” (Nacionale)
• Strike in public sector in Kosovo begins today (Kosovapress)
• Confirmed: Ministry of Finance will not pay a salary to anyone who protests even for 1 hour (Klan)
• COVID-19: 203 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Lajcak: All important topics were discussed with Serbian List; Escobar hopes to announces more details later in Belgrade (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: KFOR should protect Serbs, not remove barricades (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Petkovic: Kurti’s series of falsehoods again, Pristina unlawfully and unilaterally abolished KS plates a year before the deadline (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Batuse village: The name in Serbian crossed out, graffiti of the KLA written (Kosovo Online)
• Office for KiM: Organized and planned intimidation of the remaining Serbs south of the Ibar (Kosovo Online)
• Wisner advises Pristina to drop the recognition request (Radio Mitrovica sever, Kosovo Online)
• KFOR in regular contact with Serbian Armed Forces representatives (Tanjug, media)
• 18 new coronavirus cases in Serbian areas (Kontakt plus radio)


• Muharremi: Association helps wield sovereignty throughout Kosovo (Klan Kosova)


• ‘Time Is Ripe’ for Final Deal With Serbia, Kosovo Premier Says (Bloomberg)
• Picturing War: Fleeing Roma Find Refuge at Montenegro Tent Camp (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 25, 2022

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• Escobar, Lajcak received assurances there won’t be violence on Sept 1 (media)
• Lajcak: Talked with Osmani to avoid any tension in the north (Albanian Post)
• EU, U.S. envoys attempt to break Kosovo-Serbia deadlock (BIRN)
• US, EU envoys meet Kosovo PM in effort to avert tensions (AP)
• PDK’s Krasniqi calls for final agreement that brings mutual recognition (media)
• Wisner: More important issue than IDs and license plates is at play (Koha)
• Kosovo govt, NATO forces are committed to guaranteeing security (media)
• Serbs adopt declaration to leave institutions if solutions are not found (media)
• Shea: NATO guarantees security in Kosovo, not Belgrade (RFE, media)
• Vucic opposes KFOR’s position that it will not allow barricades in north (RFE)
• Cause for optimism in the most recent Kosovo-Serbia crisis (Breaking Defense)
• Kosovo government building illuminated with colors of Ukrainian flag (media)

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