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Belgrade Media Report 3 October

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Serbia to align visa policy with EU by end of year (Tanjug/RTS)
Brnabic: Serbia committed to principles of freedom, respect for international law (Politika/Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic to German envoy: There will be no independent Kosovo as Berlin plans (Beta)
• Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector put into operation (Tanjug)
• Serbia remains committed to European path, values (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic speaks with Donfried (Tanjug/Politika)
• Brush: All ambassadors were disappointed with Vucic; Brnabic: that statement shows that Serbia changed (VoA/RTS/Politika)
• Petkovic: Single-digit number of re-registered vehicles in one month (RTS)
• Serbian opposition in Washington: Serbia needs to align foreign policy with EU’s (Beta)
• Hill: Serbia too dependent on Russian energy (Nova S)
• Konrad: Serbia should join sanctions against Russia (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Schmidt imposes amendments to B&H Election Law to prevent blockades in formation of authorities and to ensure functionality of FB&H (FTV)
• EUD comments Schmidt’s decision: Strengthening of functionality of B&H institutions is key priority on EU path (Dnevni avaz)
• US Embassy firmly supports Schmidt’s decision: This solves issues which have been burdening FB&H for years (Dnevni avaz)
• Ambassador Reilly: We support Schmidt’s decision, functional authorities are crucial to ensure progress and stability (Dnevni avaz)
• Plenkovic welcomes Schmidt’s decision to impose changes to B&H Election Law (Klix.ba)
• B&H politicians react to HR’s decision (Klix.ba/Dnevni avaz)
• B&H CEC publishes preliminary data on midnight; Becirovic, Komsic, Cvijanovic to enter B&H Presidency: Trivic and Dodik both declared victory (Oslobodjenje/Glas Srpske)
• Becirovic addresses public expressing gratitude for support (Oslobodjenje)
• Niksic: For first time Bosniak member of Presidency is not from ethno-nationalistic party (Oslobodjenje)
• Izetbegovic admits defeat, says SDA improves its scores (Oslobodjenje)
• Komsic declares victory (Oslobodjenje)
• B&H CEC: Dodik has the most votes for the president of the RS (Nezavisne)
• Kristo: Election results from local communities with Croat majority show that HDZ B&H convincingly won the elections; Cavara insists Kristo is legitimate representative (Oslobodjenje)
• Sarovic admits he lost race to Cvijanovic; Cvijanovic: My victory demonstrates support of citizens to SNSD (Glas Srpske)
• Arnautovic: I am pleased how election day has passed, I hope irregularities will undergo adequate sanctions (Hayat)
• Media on irregularities registered in Doboj including incident with OSCE observer (ATV)
• International, regional officials on general elections 2022 (ATV)
Croatia
• Croatia’s foreign ministry condemns Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian regions (Hina)
Montenegro
• Shortest session ever! Djukanovic did not get a word (Kurir)
• Djukanovic: I won’t dissolve the parliament, re-examination on proposed PM-designate is unconstitutional (VoA/CdM)
• Djurovic: Parliament shows it works, Djukanovic shouldn’t creatively interpret Constitution, I won’t resign (CdM)
• Djurovic responded to former ruling majority concerning their initiative for Djukanovic’s dismissal (CdM)
• Radunovic: We have majority for new govt, Djukanovic should invite Lekic for consultations (CdM)
• Djukanovic: I defeated many more serious opponents than Dritan Abazovic (CdM)
• Djukanovic: Goal is to return Montenegro to Greater Serbia, Abazovic a contractor (MINA)
• Djukanovic: Montenegro strongly condemns any attempt to appropriate parts of Ukrainian territory (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Bulgarian President Radev reminds of the bilateral obligations (MIA/Telma)
• Sofia’s rhetoric toward Skopje calmer now, Pendarovski says after meeting Radev (MIA)
• EC Head: I welcome positive momentum between Bulgaria, North Macedonia (MIA)
• Pendarovski and NATO’s CEE presidents reject Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian
• Land (MIA)
Albania
• President Begaj reacted to the annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia (Radio Tirana)
• UN, Albania-US resolution against referendums in Ukraine, Russia vetoes (Radio Tirana)
• Senator Jeanne Shaheen meets President Begaj, Rama and govt & opposition representatives (Radio Tirana)
• American senator: We greatly appreciate Albania’s support regarding the war in Ukraine and the help to resettle Afghan refugees (Radio Tirana/VoA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 3, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Spokesperson: Government won’t pay September salaries for teachers (Klan Kosova)
• Delays in payments; Kusari: Law is clear – no compensation for strikers (Telegrafi)
• Education Union leader reacts to delay in payment of salaries for teachers (Nacionale)
• Kosovo Assembly to discuss situation in healthcare sector on Friday (EO)
• Qalaj: No Europol or Interpol membership without progress in Brussels dialogue (EO)
• Political discussion in Indonesia on recognition of Kosovo independence (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian List: Pristina implements planned and institutional violence (RTS)
• Vucic to German envoy: There will be no independent Kosovo as Berlin plans (N1)
• Vucic meets Mitsotakis, expresses gratitude for Greece’s understanding of Serbia’s position (RTS)
• Theophylactou: Cyprus maintains position not to recognize Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Hill: Putin absolutely does not care about Kosovo (Nova S, KoSSev)
• State Secretary Starovic: EU cannot change rules of game during match (Beta, N1)
• Orban, Nehammer and Vucic met in Budapest (N1)
• Vucic: Serbia to align visa policy with EU by end of year (Tanjug)

International:

• Prosecutors remove one allegation from indictment of Kosovo’s Thaci (BIRN)
• Bosnia Elects New Leaders as OHR Imposes New Election Rules (Balkan Insight)
• Dodik Eyes Victory in Bosnian Serb Entity’s Presidential Race (BIRN)

Humanitarian/Development:

• New academic year starts today, around 1.000 freshmen at University in Mitrovica North (KoSSev)
• People gather in Belgrade to show support for Iranian women (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 3, 2022

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• Education Union suspends strike until January 2023 (media)
• Krasniqi: Government made teachers start school year with heads down (media)
• Kosovo to participate for in inaugural meeting of new European forum (RTK)
• Svecla calls on Serbs to change plates to RKS, highlights benefits (media)
• Petkovic: Kurti, Svecla videos about license plates do not scare Serbs (Koha)
• Kurti invites Albanians living in Serbia to participate in census (RTK)
• Sarrazin: We won’t accept creation of a “Republika Srpska” in Kosovo (media)
• Konrad: Ukraine and Kosovo, two completely different situations (media)
• “If visa liberalisation happens, a merit of all citizens and govts” (Indeksonline)
• Serbs in the north also part of the population census in 2023 (Klan)

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