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EU Ambassador-measures need to ensure media pluralism

November 10, 2023

European Union Ambassador Emanuel Giaufret told N1 on Friday that measures have to be in place to make sure that media pluralism is in place.

He said that Serbia has achieved progress in terms of the recently adopted media laws. We saw some positive steps in the laws such as the appointment of members of the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM) who should reinforce its independence, the codifying of the role of the Press Council, transparency, access to financing, those are all important steps forward, he said.

According to him, there are no rules in the European Union about the role of the state in the media with some countries allowing state ownership while others don’t. The important thing is to have measures to prevent an imbalance in media pluralism, he added.

He said the EU wants to see anti-monopoly regulations, competition and concentration control cleared up to secure editorial independence and media pluralism. Measures have to be in place to protect media pluralism whatever the circumstances, we want to see the role of the REM modified with the Press Council, as guardian of the code of ethics, playing a role in strengthening the measures.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/eu-ambassador-measures-need-to-ensure-media-pluralism/

State Department’s O’Brien to meet Western Balkan leaders in Paris

November 10, 2023

US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs James O’Brien will meet with Western Balkan leaders at the Paris Peace Forum, the State Department said.

“O’Brien will meet European leaders, including Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan, Kosovan Prime Minister Albin Kurti, Montenegrin President Milatovic, and North Macedonia Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski to discuss regional and bilateral issues,” the press release said.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is in Paris to attend the Peace Forum.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/state-department-s-o-brien-to-meet-western-balkan-leaders-in-paris/

Vucic in Paris for Peace Forum, visits monastery before trip

November 10, 2023

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in an Instagram post on Friday morning that he met with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo on the margins of the Paris Peace Forum.

“Good talk with Alexander de Croo about the strengthening of Serbia-Belgium bilateral relations and speeding up Serbia’s Eurointegration process bearing in mind that his country takes over the EU Council Presidency on January 1, 2024,” Vucic wrote in the post.

A press release from the President’s cabinet said that Vucic is on a visit to France at the invitation of President Emanuel Macron and that he will take part in the Paris Peace Forum but did not specify when he would speak. The Kosovo Prime MInister’s cabinet said in a press release that PM Albin Kurti would also take part in the Paris Peace Forum.

An Instagram post late on Thursday night said that he visited the Poganovo Serbian Orthodox Church monastery outside the southern Serbia town of Pirot. “I always feel special here, get new energy and great strength,” he wrote. Vucic was on a tour of southern Serbia on Thursday which the opposition claims means he is taking part in the campaign for the December 17 elections.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/vucic-in-paris-for-peace-forum-visits-monastery-before-trip/

Bosnia gained a new astronomical observatory

November 9, 2023

After a lot of investment and several years of work and preparation, the first (post-war) astronomical observatory in Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed its official opening. The new astronomical observatory located in the center of Visoko (on the terrace of the new shopping center and hotel "Vema") will be put into operation on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The entire procurement and assembly process of the telescope was carried out by a consulting team of experts from AD Orion.

The building of the former Vema department store will soon become the home of an imposing building that houses a hotel, a spa centre, a gym, numerous shops, an alpinist artificial rock and as a special attraction – a new astronomical observatory. The investor (Osman Susa) had the idea from the beginning of building the facility to place a dome with a telescope on the terraces of the building. The dome was installed five years ago, and in the meantime, interior and exterior work was being done on the building. Its diameter is 5.5 meters, allowing for several people's simultaneous stay in the area under the dome. Consultants from AD Orion have been in contact with Mr. Susa for the past few years. In December 2022, they officially signed a memorandum of cooperation and the establishment of astronomical observatories – which is called “VEMA Visoko Astronomical Observatory”.

During the past months, consultants from AD Orion got in touch with the German company Astroshop.eu, from which a telescope with accompanying equipment was ordered according to the established specifications, and a reflector telescope from the American company MEADE was chosen. (The telescope has a diameter of 35.5 cm, a focal length of 284.5 cm. The maximum useful magnification of the telescope is 710 times.) The telescope arrived in Visoko in mid-August, when first the mechanical assembly followed, and then the adjustment of the motors that rotate the dome and move a slide through which the sky is observed. The entire market research, acquisition and assembly of the telescope was carried out by the team from AD Orion, i.e. experts Jasmin Dolamic and Armin Hujic headed by Muhamed Muminovic.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/bosnia-gained-a-new-astronomical-observatory/

Kosovo opposition leader-Franco-German plan will enable Kosovo’s recognition by Serbia

November 9, 2023

Alliance for the Future of Kosovo leader Ramush Haradinaj said the Franco-German plan for Kosovo will enable Kosovo’s recognition by Serbia and its membership in NATO and other international organizations.

Haradinaj said that, at a meeting with US Ambassador to Pristina Jeffrey Hovenier, he confirmed the Alliance’s support of the Franco-German plan for Kosovo.

“I thanked Ambassador Hovenier for his commitment and for America’s continued support to Kosovo. I confirmed the Alliance’s stance in support of the Franco-German Plan by emphasizing that this plan should enable Kosovo’s recognition by Serbia, and its membership in NATO and other international organizations,” Haradinaj said in a Facebook post.

Haradinaj is the only Kosovo opposition leader who has also unconditionally supported the draft Statute for the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM) proposed by representatives of the European Union, US, France, Germany and Italy at their October 21 meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/kosovo-opposition-leader-franco-german-plan-will-enable-kosovo-s-recognition-by-serbia/

Serbian President again attends ruling party election campaign rally

November 9, 2023
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said the election ticket of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and its partners will not be attacking the families of political rivals because, as he said, it is fighting for a “decent Serbia, Serbia of normalcy.”
At this party’s election campaign rally in the Serbian city of Pirot Vucic said that, on December 17, “we are faced with the option of voting for those who would impose sanctions on Russia and have Serbia join NATO the very next day.”
“Not to mention the speed at which Kosovo would get a chair in the UN,” Vucic said, speaking before several thousand people in Pirot.
He said the SNS and its partners’ election ticket will not shrink from “thugs.”
“We will have elections and see who’ll get more votes. Whatever the results, we will accept them. If we win, all they’ll be able to do are headstands,” said Vucic.
A vote for any other election ticket “is a vote for (opposition Party of Freedom and Justice leader) Dragan Djilas,” Vucic reiterated.
“We will never touch their families but we will say that a vote for them is a vote for Djilas, a vote for the worst thieves who had shut down factories and left people impoverished, they left 500,000 people without food,” he said.
The Serbian President said the average monthly salary in Pirot was 333 euros 11 years ago, while it is now 688 euros.
“I am not happy with this either. In four years from now I want the average monthly salary in Pirot to exceed 1,000 euros, and the pension 600 euros. We can do this,” said the former SNS leader.
Serbian Prime Minister and SNS senior official Ana Brnabic said the December 17 vote “in not one on salaries, or pensions, or roads or hospitals,” but on the fact that Serbia “is a decent country, one that does not allow any harm to be inflicted on families, parents, children.”
“The continuous attacks on President Vucic’s family escalated in this campaign. That is not Serbia and never will be, that Serbia will never win,” said Brnabic.
Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/serbian-president-again-attends-ruling-party-election-campaign-rally/

3,684 COVID-19 cases reported in Serbia in the past week

November 9, 2023

The Serbian Health Ministry said on Thursday that, of the 17,459 people tested over the past seven days, 3,684 tested positive for Covid-19.

It added that there were no hospitalized cases, and no deaths.

A total of 2,579,886 people in Serbia have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the epidemic.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/3684-covid-19-cases-reported-in-serbia-in-the-past-week/

Groselj MEP-Latest EU report on Serbia the most negative so far

November 9, 2023

Klemen Groselj MEP told N1’s European correspondent that the European Commission 2023 Progress Report on Serbia is the most negative so far. He recalled that the discussion in the European Parliament showed that the perception of Serbia in European Union (EU) institutions is not very good at the moment.

“This report is the most negative so far. In previous reports the European Commission was more inclined toward Serbia, and there were positive messages. In this report, which I would describe as neutral, there are some points that have primarily to do with the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue. It is important to point out that the content of the Report and what the European Commissioner said in the European Parliament are two different things. Similarly, the debate in the European Parliament showed that Serbia does not have the best position in the European Union circles,” said Groselj.

The Serbian Government’s positive comments on the Report should be viewed in the context of the election campaign that has begun.

“I have to emphasize, for the Serbian public, that if there is no progress in chapters 23 and 24, which cover the areas of rule of law, human rights and media freedom, then there is no accession to the EU. And that is quite clear, regardless of the Serbian Government’s position,” stressed Groselj.

He cautioned that EU Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi’s positions on the state of the rule of law and media are different from the official EU position, as well as that Varhelyi is on good terms with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

“Let’s not forget that the EU Council has the last say. As far as I can see, the positions of most member countries are quite clear, and much more negative than those of Commissioner Varhelyi,” said Groselj.

He explained that the question posed in the European Union is whether Serbia is going toward the European Union, toward China or toward Moscow.

“The events in Banjska, Kosovo, also haven’t been forgotten. Depending on Serbia’s cooperation on this matter, the European Commission and European Union will decide on the next steps. Restrictive measures are still on hold, I won’t use the term sanctions, and it’s now quite clear that Kosovo has them. If Serbia fails to meet the expectations, there will be a radical policy of the European Union towards it,” said Groselj.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/groselj-mep-latest-eu-report-on-serbia-the-most-negative-so-far/

FM Dacic announces Serbia’s candidacy for UNESCO Executive Board

November 9, 2023

Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic announced at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris Serbia’s candidacy for the Executive Board of this UN organization, and pointed out the threats to the Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo.

A vote on the new members of the Executive Board will be held on November 15, while the other candidates include Russia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Uzbekistan and Albania.

In his speech at the UNESCO General Conference, Dacic said the Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo is threatened, despite being under the protection of UNESCO, because the international forces, tasked with protecting it, are deployed only on certain cultural sites.

He noted that “the Serbian cultural and historical heritage in Kosovo and Metohija, comprising 1,300 holy sites, is of immeasurable importance, not only when it comes to the national identity of Serbia but also because it represents part of the valuable European and world heritage,” but added that, “unfortunately, that legacy is constantly exposed to attempts at renaming it, the revision of undeniable historical facts, and physical desecration.”

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/fm-dacic-announces-serbias-candidacy-for-unesco-executive-board/

Bosnia’s Zeljka Cvijanovic meets with France’s National Rally members

November 9, 2023

BiH Presidency member Zeljka Cvijanovic is visiting France, where she met with a group of representatives of the National Rally in the National Assembly of France, on Thursday, led by far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

“During the long and very constructive meeting, I informed the interlocutors about the current political situation in BiH and we also talked about numerous other topics,” Cvijanovic said.

She also announced that she met with French senators Valérie Boyer, Olivier Cadic and Christian Cambon.

“I introduced the members of the upper house of the French Parliament in more detail with the constitutional structure and decentralized organization of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and expressed my strong opposition to the violent and anti-Dayton attempts to centralize it,” Cvijanovic stated on her Instagram account.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/bosnias-zeljka-cvijanovic-meets-with-frances-national-rally-members/

Commemoration of brutally murdered Sarajevans at Kazani

November 9, 2023

The delegations of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) entity, the Sarajevo Canton (KS) and the City of Sarajevo as well as the Movement for the Equality of the Serb People paid tribute Thursday to the citizens of Sarajevo who were brutally murdered at Kazani cliffs in 1993.

During 1992 and 1993, soldiers who refused to place themselves under the command of the General Staff of the then Republic of BiH Army brought and killed civilians who were then thrown into a pit. For this war crime, 14 former soldiers of the RBiH Army were sentenced to sentences ranging from 10 months to six years in prison, in 1996. The exact number of Sarajevans killed at Kazani is unknown, and the names of 17 Sarajevo citizens of Serb ethnicity were written on the monument.

FBiH President Refik Lendo said that they came to Kazani to honour all the victims from this area.

“It is the memory of what happened during the war, the memory of all the civilians who died through no fault of their own, no matter what their name is or what God they pray to. At the same time, we want to send an image of the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina, that there is and should be room for all its citizens in the entire BiH and that we all contribute together to getting on that train called the EU,” said Lendo.

Igor Stojanovic, the FBiH Vice President, said that the commemoration of the crimes at Kazani is a warning for the future not only of the victims at Kazani but of victims from all over BiH.

The KS Prime Minister Nihad Uk said that this is a brave act and that he is proud to have been part of the convocation that raised the monument at Kazani, even though the text is disputed.

Rajko Zivkoic, the president of the Movement for the Equality of Serb People, said that he is glad that this commemoration happened and that everyone remembers the victims who suffered in this place.

“I am glad that every year we commemorate this event and that the citizens of Sarajevo, not only of the Sarajevo Canton but also of Bosnia and Herzegovina, gather and evoke the memories of dear people who lost their lives here. At the same time, I am sorry that people died here, that they left their lives behind, that someone brought them here and threw them into this pit. We should all learn a lesson that things like this must never happen again, we must send a message that we must live together and in brotherhood and unity,” said Zivkoic.

The Mayor of Sarajevo, Benjamina Karic, said that it is everyone's duty every time they come to Kazani, to think about how pointless every war is.

“Today I can repeat the words on the monument: ‘Together we will remember our murdered fellow citizens with sadness and respect’. Today we are here to honor our neighbors who were innocently killed in our Sarajevo. Even today, Sarajevo sends a message that it strongly condemns the killing of any innocent victim, whether in Sarajevo, BiH or anywhere else. Sarajevo has always been on the right side of history and treated all victims equally. I would be proud to see such a monument in Prijedor. I think that the culture of memory is an obligation and duty of all of us in BiH,” said Karic.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/commemoration-of-brutally-murdered-sarajevans-at-kazani/

Ambassador Murphy-US has been Bosnia's strongest ally for past 30 years

November 9, 2023

The United States of America has been Bosnia and Herzegovina's strongest partner for 30 years. It is an ongoing commitment that has existed before me and will continue in the future. We want to see that Bosnia and Herzegovina is firmly anchored in the Euro-Atlantic institutions - NATO and the European Union, US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Michael Murphy said in an interview with FENA news agency.

He assessed that BiH authorities formed after last year's elections achieved some progress on some issues but that the public in BiH wants more progress and that this progress should go faster. And that is what the United States would certainly like.

”Therefore, there is still time in the mandate to achieve additional progress. We are ready to help the authorities achieve the goals they have set. And that brings me to the US policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I always repeat that we support the territorial integrity, multi-ethnic character, and sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina. And what does that mean, and what does it look like? It is a democratic, prosperous and safe BiH where the authorities at all levels are effective, efficient, and responsible, and serve the citizens of this country, the voters, regardless of whether it is at the state entity, cantonal or municipal level,” said the US Ambassador.

He added that this also means Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is integrated into the Euro-Atlantic institutions.

According to him, this country is already part of the Euro-Atlantic community of countries and has been part of the Euro-Atlantic community of countries for hundreds of years. It has a common history and culture with Europe and the transatlantic area.

”But to get there, we need to roll up our sleeves. The people and the authorities here have to work diligently. What we try to do is to help them go that way, and we do that in several ways. We support the strengthening of institutions that need to take the country there, such as the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the judiciary, and agencies that are key to law enforcement. We are working to help in the fight against corruption, which is a serious problem in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a threat to the country's democracy and economic prosperity, as well as its stability,” Murphy stated.

The Ambassador stated that they are also working to help citizens make their voices heard and hold elected officials and others in power accountable. He said the US works with civil society organizations and supports independent media.

”It is very important to defend the basic freedoms of media, expression, speech, and assembly. We also support institutions around the country that are engaged in areas such as culture. We recently announced a donation from the Ambassador's Fund to help rebuild the fortress in Travnik. It is part of the common heritage of this country. We also work with the young people of this country and give them opportunities for leadership and development, and we support young entrepreneurs. Finally, we support the diaspora and encourage them to invest in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The private sector will be the driving force behind the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its prosperity,” Ambassador Murphy said.

He said this can be summed up as follows: “We are your strongest partner. The United States of America has been your strongest partner for 30 years. That's an ongoing commitment that existed before me and will continue in the future. We want to see that BiH is firmly anchored in the Euro-Atlantic institutions – NATO and the European Union. We work on that every day here at the Embassy.”

Asked how the latest events in the world (Ukraine, Gaza, the Far East) can affect the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also whether the United States can maintain its focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina in this context, Ambassador Murphy said that we live in a more dangerous world than it is was the case 20 years ago.

These are serious security threats that not only affect the countries where they occur but have implications for global security. This is partly because we live in a more connected world than ever before.

”You cannot hide from this type of problem,” he noted.

He said that Bosnia and Herzegovina, like the United States, must take these issues seriously.

”This should be a message to the leaders in BiH that they have their problems and challenges here and they should focus on solving them in a way that will speed up the goals that the citizens of this country have, which is integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions, a democratic, prosperous, peaceful future. There are many challenges in BiH, from the autocracy that is increasingly imposing itself in Republika Srpska, efforts to take away basic freedoms and rights from people, then the terrible attacks from Republika Srpska on the Dayton Peace Agreement. Citizens of this country also face challenges related to corruption that need to be addressed and that affect the entire country. This should be the focus of what political leaders work on every day, i.e. creating the conditions for meaningful reforms that will ensure a better life for citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Murphy.

He said he is concerned when leaders in BiH want to use these security crises and tragedies happening in Ukraine, the Middle East, or anywhere else for their narrow, selfish interests to sow divisions within BiH which deepens the problems he has identified.

”This is not the right way to approach the security challenges that are happening globally. That's not a good way of thinking, it's dangerous. We don't need more divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the Ambassador said.

Speaking in this context about Russia's malignant influence in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region, Ambassador Murphy said that there is no doubt that Russia has malign activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Western Balkans, and beyond, globally.

”We see that every day. The terrible, brutal invasion of Ukraine is the most tangible manifestation of that malignant influence. I think that Mr. Dodik's embrace of Mr. Putin, after that barbaric invasion, is something immoral and short-sighted,” stated Murphy.

He emphasized that Russia's interests, as far as BiH is concerned, simply lead to troubles, problems, and divisions. They prevent necessary reforms for the country to move forward and enter the Euro-Atlantic institutions.

”They are not interested in investments, business agreements that will develop the private sector, create new jobs, develop business, but in corrupt investments and that is what makes their interest here so negative. This is contrary to what the US is trying to do here. What we support is that we want a peaceful, prosperous, democratic BiH within the Euro-Atlantic institutions, and this is also what the citizens of this country want. What we want every day in this Embassy is to achieve these goals, and these goals are also the goals of the citizens of BiH, regardless of whether they live in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar, Bihac, Trebinje or anywhere in BiH,” said Ambassador Murphy.

He emphasizes that this is not what Russia does and that it is terrible for any politician to accept the autocratic values of Vladimir Putin.

When it comes to Dodik's increasingly frequent threats to the sovereignty of BiH and his provocative statements, Murphy reiterated that the goals of the United States are the multi-ethnic character, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of BiH.

”We want a prosperous, peaceful BiH within Euro-Atlantic institutions. These are our interests. We don't want any conflict here, we don't want more divisions, we don't want problems in the wider region of the Western Balkans. And when we notice that politicians, parties or other actors are working against these interests that I just emphasized, which are common interests to us and the citizens of this country, we react and are very clear about it. Both publicly and privately we say the following: we will speak out loud about it when we see and observe something like that and we will act when we believe we should act through our sanctions, for example,” he said.

He warned that every politician and every party should expect that the USA will continue to work towards achieving the goals that he pointed out and which are “common to us and the citizens of this country, and they should expect that the USA will react if they notice that our interests and these goals are threatened by members of the political class or institution”.

In the end, he spoke about the fact that some of the officials that the United States put on the “blacklist” still hold high positions and continue the same policy.

He said the United States will continue to use all its resources to work to achieve goals and promote interests, including sanctions.

”Sanctions are one way we hold individuals or business entities responsible for anti-Dayton and anti-democratic behavior. We will continue to use it,” said Murphy.

As he said, in an ideal world, local actors – law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, courts – should hold these individuals accountable. This is also their responsibility.

”This does not mean we will not act when we consider it appropriate. And we indicate very clearly what motivated our actions. We do not want to see these people in public positions. We would like to see a leader of a political party dedicated to the fight against corruption say that this is his commitment and that he will not put people under sanctions in the leadership or at the head of a political party, as the SDA did recently. As for Euro-Atlantic integration, actions related to Dayton, we don't want to see people like Marinko Čavara hold the public positions they do,” he said.

He also responded to the claims of the former Prime Minister of the Federation of BiH, Fadil Novalić, that he was sanctioned because someone from BiH politics asked the US Government to do this.

”That's not the case. We make personal decisions based on the evidence we have, and Mr. Novalić was sanctioned for his behavior. That is corruption. It's not a secret. We were very clear about that. If there is concern about that, the answer is because he is corrupt,” Ambassador Murphy concluded in an interview with FENA.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/ambassador-murphy-us-has-been-bosnias-strongest-ally-for-past-30-years/

Kosovo parliament support EP resolution

November 9, 2023

The Kosovo Parliament adopted a declaration on Thursday in support of the European Parliament Resolution on the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue.

The declaration expressed “appreciation for all the political views of the European Parliament on the violations of (Kosovo’s) territorial integrity by Serbia, strongly supports calls to hold Serbia responsible internationally and an international investigation”.

MPs also support the European Parliament demand for the extradition to Kosovo of the people who planned the Banjska armed incident and everyone associated with it.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/kosovo-parliament-support-ep-resolution/

Ecology group says government going ahead with Rio Tinto project

November 9, 2023

The Ecological Uprising organization said on Thursday that the Serbian government had engaged an American company to lobby in favor of Rio Tinto’s Jadar project.

The project drew mass protests forcing the government to change spatial plans for the Jadar area, effectively preventing the plans to mine lithium in western Serbia.

Ecological Uprising released documents in English and Serbian which it claims prove that the Jadar project has not been stopped. The documents are alleged to be from the Randon Group whose owner John Randon is experienced in handling strategic projects and restoring politicial and relations between mining companies and the public.

The organization is demanding confirmation or denial of its claims about the Randon Group from President Aleksandar Vucic and the Serbian government.

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic denied knowing anything about Randon Group’s engagement. “I have no information about that. I don’t know the man,” she told a news conference.

The Intelligence Online portal said in June 2023 that “John W. Rendon, head of the eponymous public relations firm Rendon Group, has been helping the Serbian government in its negotiations with Kosovo and relations with Russia”.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/ecology-group-says-government-going-ahead-with-rio-tinto-project/

Brnabic denies claims by opposition MP

November 9, 2023

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic denied claims by an opposition MP Djordje Miketic about the registration of a resident he does not know in his home.

Brnabic told a hastily called news conference that Miketic’s claim to have reported an unknown person registered as resident at his home without his knowledge was “a brutal lie”. According to her, the report to the Internal Affairs Ministry (MUP) did not come from Miketic but from a family member who owns the apartment.

She claimed that the unknown person was not reported to the MUP. “That is information from the records which is easily checked and which can’t be changed,” she said.

Brnabic accused United Group media outlets of reporting false information.

The opposition has claimed several times prior to earlier elections that the authorities were registering voters in places where the ruling parties stand to lose elections.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/brnabic-denies-claims-by-opposition-mp/

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