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Belgrade Media Report 29 August

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• Brnabic says it will be easy to write her PM’s exposé: Goals are clear, Kosovo and energy are priorities (RTS)
• Agreement on identity cards for normal life of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija (TV Prva)
• Vucic: We fought for Serbian statehood in Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)
• Vucic: Brnabic to be put forward as PM designate (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Solution for license plates must be same as for IDs (Tanjug/RTV)
• Petkovic: We kept Serbian IDs, we will not give up from KM license plates (RTS)
• Agreement reached regarding freedom of movement and Serbian documents in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
• Borrell: We have an agreement on documents; Lajcak: Thanks; “It will calm tensions” (B92/Kosovo Online)
• Selakovic with Parila: Cuba’s active support regarding Kosovo and Metohija (RTV/Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS officials congratulate Brnabic for appointment as Serbian Prime Minister (RTRS)
• Consultations on amendments to B&H Election Law under baton of OHR continue (BHT1)
• HNV encourages HR Schmidt to focus his decisions on preventing abuses and blockades during implementation of election process, as well as election results, despite political pressure from different sides (Nova BH)
• Izetbegovic: There will be no imposing of election law (Oslobodjenje)
• SB&H prepares lawsuit against EU, Schmidt and Republic of Croatia (N1)
• HDZ B&H urges FB&H VPs not to block appointment of FB&H CC judges (Nova BH)
• Murphy: USA, EU and NATO will not leave B&H to Russia; Russia does not decide on your EU or NATO accession (RFE/Dnevni avaz)
• Dodik welcomes statement of Ambassador Murphy on NATO path (ATV)
• Russian Embassy in B&H; Russia has its national interests that it defends, but unlike Western countries, trained in hypocritical rhetoric, it prefers open and friendly dialogue with its partners in B&H (FTV)
• Germany harshly reacts to failure of B&H Presidency to accept accreditation of new German Ambassador (N1)
• B&H Ministry of Foreign Affairs requests meeting with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany to clarify situation related to rejection of agrement for future Ambassador of Germany to B&H (BHT1)
• Dodik: I am not concerned about announcements from Germany (N1/ATV)
• Milanovic: Croatia has powerful instruments at its disposal, Dayton Agreement must be respected (Dnevni list)
• Abazovic welcomed the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina: Dialogue is the solution to overcome any crisis (CdM)
• Sehovic: We don’t need new experiments, rather elections and govt to prepare them (Pobjeda)
• Montenegro exposed to new series of organized cyber-attacks on government’s servers (CdM)
• Abazovic hosts dinner for Patriarch Porfirije (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Maricic is pushing for the opening of the Constitution (Kanal 5)
• Osmani visiting Macedonian minority in Albania (Republika)
• Osmani: French proposal pulled country out from Balkans’ whirlpool at the last moment (Republika)
• Kosovo-Serbia agreement/Rama: Good news, the solution to the issue of free movement through dialogue; President Begaj: The agreement is in the best interest of all citizens (Radio Tirana)
• Rama at the press conference with Bettel: The negotiation process is for ourselves, not for the EU. It helps us to fulfil criteria (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 29, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti invites opposition leaders to meet on Tuesday (media)
• Haradinaj responds positively to Kurti’s invitation for a meeting (media)
• Murati: Government will proceed with salary law, educational staff should start work (media)
• Kurti: Kosovo has provided shelter for 1798 Afghans (RTK)
• Lavrov: The West is ready to recognize independence declared illegally (media)
• Tahiri: Why isn’t the text of the agreement on ID cards being published? (Klan)
• COVID-19: 89 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Agreement with Pristina makes it easier, not harder, for everyone (media)
• Opposition on the BG and PR IDs agreement (media)
• Stoltenberg welcomes the agreement on IDs: NATO and KFOR will remain vigilant (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Michel, Varhelyi, Rohde, Rama welcomed the agreement reached on IDs (media, Twitter)
• OPEN initiative seeks the C/ASM to be formed (Kosovo Online, KoSSev)
• NGO Aktiv: 51 incidents recorder in the first six months of 2022 (KoSSev)


• In the history of international law, it never happened that a state recognizes another through license plates or identity cards (Danas, N1)
• Unbalanced Vucic-Rama Double Act Benefits Only Serbia (Balkan Insight)


• Afghans adrift on US ‘lily pad’ in Kosovo (DW)
• ‘Everyone loved each other’: the rise of Yugonostalgia (The Guardian)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 29, 2022

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Borrell: Deal reached on freedom of movement between Kurti and Vucic (media)
Borrell: If no agreement, there could’ve been a crisis on Sept 1 in north (media)
Osmani: Freedom of movement, foundation of democratic societies (media)
Kurti: Reciprocity is spirit of principled and just solution (media)
NATO SG welcomes agreement on free movement (media)
Kurti: Full reciprocity until agreement on mutual recognition is reached (Kallxo)
Kurti’s warning for a government reshuffle seen as an urgency (Koha)
Kurti: Energy price always on the rise; we need to save (Telegrafi)
COVID-19: 89 new cases, two deaths (media)

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