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Belgrade Media Report 31 August

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic with Peach: Determined for intensification of Serbian-British cooperation (RTS)
• Serbia making efforts to reach sustainable deal with Pristina, Vucic tells Turner (RTV/Tanjug)
• Albanians didn’t corner us, we didn’t even have a corner, but Vucic came and created a corner (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Petkovic: Pristina is using the fate of the missing for a political showdown with Belgrade (RTS)
• France welcomed the agreement on the freedom of movement of Belgrade and Pristina (Tanjug)
• Lajcak: We have two months to find a solution for the plates (Tanjug)
• Borrell: Prevent Russia’s attempt to destabilize the Western Balkan region (Beta)
• KFOR: We are closely monitoring the situation, we are staying in Jarinje and Brnjak (RTS/Kosovo Online)
• Disclaimers on IDs placed at administrative checkpoints in Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)
• Vulin denies preparing extradition of former Ukrainian secret service chief to Russia (Nova/Beta)
• Lavrov dismisses Minister Mihajlovic’s claims about abusing Serbia’s friendship (Beta)
• Mihajlovic: Lavrov making Serbia’s position even more difficult (Beta)
• Jovanovic to head parliamentary Defense Committee (Tanjug/RTS)
• Becic to head parliamentary Security Services Control Committee (Tanjug/RTS)
• Slovenia appoints Anzej Franges as Special Representative for Western Balkans (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HR Schmidt, Escobar participate in panel discussion on Western Balkans within 17th Bled Strategic Forum (N1)
• Turkovic addresses 17th Bled Strategic Forum: Many things are slowing down B&H on European path, such as recent blockade of institutions, pro-Russian influence and fact that country did not receive candidate status (BHT1)
• Turkovic openly advocates civic B&H, accuses Serbia and Croatia of interfering with B&H Election Law at 17th Bled Strategic Forum (RTRS)
• Dodik: I will declare independence if certain constellation of relationships coincides in world, Europe and America (ATV)
• Sarrazin, Peach: B&H in most serious crisis since 1995 (Dnevni list)
• Covic: HR Schmidt will have to impose a decision (Nova BH)
• Komsic: Schmidt is under pressure and he will impose changes to B&H Election Law that benefit HDZ B&H (Hayat)
• Magazinovic: Schmidt should not impose any decisions at this moment (O Kanal)
• Forto and Cudic arrive in official visit to Ukraine as part of ALDE Party delegation (N1)
• Grlic Radman, Plenkovic wants HR Schmidt to use Bonn powers to secure equality of peoples in B&H (Dnevni list)
Croatia
• War Veterans Minister says Serbia not cooperating in search for war missing (Hina)
Montenegro
• DPS: Two years since our country started to collapse, elections to be organized ASAP to change the worst govt ever in Montenegro (CdM)
• Mandic: DF ready to take responsibility for Montenegro and comply with undertaken international obligations (CdM)
• Medojevic: In order to reset the winning majority, it is necessary for Abazovic and Djurovic to resign (CdM)
• Krivokapic: It is naive to expect that only the European Union has a policy of expansion into the Western Balkans (CdM)
• Lajcak: The EU is watching how Montenegro will find the compass lost two years ago; Escobar: There is no alternative to EU integration (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• VMRO-DPMNE confirms that active blockade continues, they will not go to coordination with Xhaferi (MIA)
• Mickoski meets Felix Schreiner, member of the German Bundestag (Republika)
• Szijjarto: Europe will have new strategic problems if it does not integrate the Western Balkan countries (Republika)
Albania
• Rama meets his Slovenian counterpart, Golob (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 31, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani hosted by the president of the Czech Senate (media)
• Specialist Chambers judge Mihael Bolander resigns (media)
• Thousands participate in the protest after the rape of the 11-year-old (media)
• Director for Treatment of Prisoners and Juveniles resigns (media)
• The saga of the Serbs towards the Kosovo documents (RFE, media)
• COVID-19: 191 new cases and two deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic met US Congressman Turner (Tanjug)
• Belgrade, Zagreb, Pristina trade blame over missing persons (N1)
• Disclaimers on ID cards placed at administrative crossings towards Kosovo (RTS)
• KFOR: We are closely monitoring the situation, we are staying at Jarinje and Brnjak (RTS, Kosovo Online)
• Lajcak: Two months to find a solution for the vehicle plates, some ideas proposed (RTS, Tanjug)
• Mihajlovic: Lavrov makes Serbia’s position even more difficult (NMagazin, Beta)
• Nine Covid-19 cases in Serbian areas (KiM radio)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 31, 2022

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Escobar: European integration, only alternative for Western Balkans (Kosovapress)
Gervalla: We are not asking for privileges or shortcuts to join EU (media)
Opposition leaders want Kurti to focus on final settlement, not technical issues (RFE)
Kosovo protesters demand action after rape of 11-year-old (BIRN)
Kosovo Police Director resigns (media)
Dugolli: GDP rising, but talks with Serbia at an impasse (The Washington Diplomat)
Slovenia appoints Anzej Franges, emissary for the Western Balkans (RTK)
Tuhina: Now the pressure can be directed towards Kosovo (RTK)
Kosovo Urged to Take ‘Inclusive Approach’ to War Memorialisation (BIRN)

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