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Belgrade Media Report 30 August

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• Vucic decorates Rodriguez Parrilla with Order of Serbian Flag, First Class (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Vucic: They will try to change plates as of 1 September, we are not thinking about change of policy towards Russia; no Europride (RTV/Tanjug)
• Moscow welcomes the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina, the unresolved fundamental issue of the Community of Serb Municipalities (Tanjug)
• Orlic with Hill on the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina: Sincerely committed to seeking a solution that preserves peace (RTS)
• Orlic: A special session of the parliament on Kosovo and Metohija probably on 13 September (RTS)
• Escobar: Vucic is fully committed to regional stability (Tanjug/Euronews Serbia)
• MEPs meet Brnabic to discuss Europride (N1/FoNet/Nova.rs)
• Odalovic: Almost 10,000 persons missing, around 4,000 bodies waiting for identification (RTS)

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H HoP adopts initiative to remove Turkovic from post of B&H Minister of Foreign Affairs (FTV)
• Dodik: Turkovic has been doing everything to break B&H’s foreign policy into pieces; She does not deserve to wait for the end of her mandate as the B&H FM (ATV)
• Scholz supports enlargement of EU to Western Balkans (FTV)
• Zvizdic: B&H needs democratic solutions which will not mean further discrimination and further ethno-territorial divisions (O Kanal)
• Court of B&H dismisses lawsuit against decision of B&H parliament on appointment of members of B&H CEC (O Kanal)
• Latest statement of Croatian President Milanovic sparks reactions (Hayat/ATV/O Kanal)
• Pahor urges Von der Leyen for B&H to receive EU candidate status in 2022; Von der Leyen: We must support democracies that are most exposed to foreign threats (AJB)
• Bled Strategic Forum: Plenkovic, Grlic-Radman talk with HR, support imposing of changes to B&H Election Law (N1)
• Krivokapic: Constructive partnerships conditioned by the indisputable Euro-Atlantic course (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Bulgaria will not be able to abuse the membership: The German Chancellor announces cancellation of the right of veto in the EU (Republika)
• Osmani thanks Boone over Macron’s engagement to overcome Euro-integration blockage (Republika)
• Petrovska: Despite being most recent NATO member, Macedonia has proven it can serve as model that actively contributes to region’s stability and security (Republika)
• Rama from Slovenia: It is a great shame that the citizens of Kosovo cannot move freely, but are held hostage by the EU (Radio Tirana)
• Rama: EU should not make the shameful mistake as it did during the pandemic, by not donating vaccines (Radio Tirana)
• Rama: We don’t need Russian gas (ADN)
• Von der Leyen: The opening of negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia was a success (Radio Tirana)
• Rama urges finding reason why Russian ‘spies’ come to Albania (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 30, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• President Osmani travels for an official visit to the Czech Republic (media)
• Gervalla participating at Bled Forum (Telegrafi)
• Kurti: Archives in Belgrade should open so truth about our loved ones can be found out (Klan)
• Osmani, Kurti, Hovenier pay tribute to the disappeared (media)
• UNMIK in support of the families of persons missing from the war in Kosovo (Klan)
• EULEX: In one year, three missing persons were identified, hundreds over years (Koha)
• PSD calls the agreement on ID cards “legalization of parallel structures” (Koha)
• Government to establish a Professional Committee after rape of the 11-year-old, (Klan)
• COVID-19: 91 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• SRSG Ziadeh: Pristina and Belgrade cooperation crucial for progress on the issue of missing persons (Kontakt plus radio)
• “It turns out to be a miracle that pain united us” (KiM radio, KoSSev)
• Vucic: The problem with the vehicle plates will not be solved before September (NMagazin, Beta)
• State Department: The agreement between Serbia and Kosovo is a step towards the normalization of relations (Beta, N1, VoA)
• Serbian FM Selakovic met Cuban FM Parrilla (Tanjug)
• Serbian Parliament Speaker Vladimir Orlic met Ambassador Hill (Tanjug, media)
• Citizens on the ID agreement: Not supported by the majority “because it is not beneficial to both sides” (KoSSev)
• Hrnjaz: Serbia did not recognize Kosovo with the new agreement, it does not mean it has not been moving towards it politically for 10 years (KoSSev)


• Germany’s Scholz Backs EU Expansion To Include Western Balkans, As ‘Center Of Europe Is Moving Eastwards’ (RFE)


• New Book Tells Stories of Kosovo’s Child Casualties of War (Balkan Insight)
• Greece increases electricity exports to neighboring Balkan countries (balkangreenenergynews.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 30, 2022

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Borrell: Issue of license plates, more difficult to resolve (RFE)
Kosovo-Serbia deal on IDs raises implementation question, expert says (BIRN)
Recognition of documents does not mean Serbia has recognised Kosovo (Koha)
PDK leader Krasniqi says no to PM Kurti’s invitation to meet (media)
LDK leader Abdixhiku agrees to meet PM Kurti on dialogue (media)
Escobar: Vucic committed to regional stability; good will from both sides (media)
East and West clash in a proxy conflict over Serbia, President Vucic says (Reuters)
It’s Never Too Late to Find the Kosovo War’s Missing Persons (BIRN)
Kosovo leaders call for deserved punishment for raping of minor girl (media)

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