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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 28, 2021

By   12 hours ago

• Bislimi and Petkovic to meet in Brussels, agreement on license plates expected (Koha)
• EU: Chief negotiators to come to Brussels soon (Klan)
• President Osmani meets heads of security institutions (media)
• KFOR’s proposal for resolving situation in the north accepted by Kurti but not by Vucic (Koha)
• KFOR meets Kosovo institution representatives and mayors of northern municipalities (media)
• NATO-led mission increases patrols on Kosovo-Serbia border (AP)
• Osmani’s office denies claims U.S. criticised Kosovo over actions in the north (Kallxo)
• Closing border point not to allow Albanians from Presevo movement deemed discriminatory (media)
• Milanovic: Kosovo responded to Serbia with same standards (media)
• Women candidates fight for gender equality in municipalities (BIRN)
• Court rejects university’s lawsuit against municipality regarding Orthodox Church building (media)
• COVID-19: Three deaths, 23 new cases (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 27, 2021

By   2 days ago

• Registration centres in Zubin Potok and Zvecan attacked on weekend (media)
• Kurti: Dialogue is the only way to find solutions (media)
• Kurti and Svecla hold press conference following attacks in the north (media)
• Kosovo’s Security Council convened in light of recent incidents (media)
• President Osmani cuts short New York visit following events in the north (media)
• Opposition leaders support Kosovo institutions in upholding rule of law (media)
• International community calls on Kosovo and Serbia to de-escalate the situation (media)
• Vucic to Stoltenberg: Serbia did not violate agreements or jeopardised peace (N1)
• CDHRF: Serbia’s objective is the destabilisation of the situation (media)
• Serbian troops on heightened alert at Kosovo border (France 24)
• Police: Reciprocity with license plates continues to be implemented at border crossings (RTK)
• Russian ambassador inspects Serb military troops near Kosovo border (media)
• Albanian PM Rama to visit Kosovo today (media)
• Court concludes ruling on registration of land to Decan Monastery is not enforced (media)
• COVID-19: Five deaths, 77 new cases (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 24, 2021

By   4 days ago

• US Embassy: Immediate steps needed to de-escalate tensions (media)
• Osmani, Djukanovic and Komsic concerned over latest developments (media)
• Montenegro President: Balkans, again an arena of geopolitical clashes (Kallxo)
• Serbian govt, state-affiliated media falsely accuse Kosovo police of brutality (Exit News)
• Serbian troops on alert on Kosovo border as tensions mount (AP)
• Reports of Russian nationals joining Serbs protesting in the north (media)
• Osmani: Kosovo is blessed with friends like President Clinton (media)
• Abdixhiku: Lack of governance can’t be compensated with actions in north (media)
• ‘Fake War Veterans’ case causes long-term recriminations in Kosovo (BIRN)
• COVID-19: 7 deaths, 173 new cases (media)
• Minister of Health announces new measures against COVID-19 (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 23, 2021

By   5 days ago

• EU High Representative statement on situation in north of Kosovo (media)
• Ethnic Serbs dig in for long protest over Kosovo ban (AFP)
• Kosovo Police refute report by Kosovo Online (media)
• Moscow: Kosovo police actions against Serbs, provocation (media)
• Presevo Valley Albanians to be compensated for license plates payment (media)
• Presevo Mayor supports Kosovo Government’s decision on license plates (media)
• Prime Minister Kurti meets Albanian Assembly Speaker Nikolla (media)
• Opinion: Is lawfulness always good? By Arben Idrizi (Gazeta Express)
• COVID-19: 5 deaths, 160 new cases (media)
• Ministry of Health launches electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (media)
• “New decision on start of school year to be made before September 26” (Kallxo)
• President Osmani meets President of Guinea Bissau Embaló (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 22, 2021

By   7 days ago

• Kurti: Reciprocity on license plates is not a provocation or discriminatory (media)
• Osmani: The region is increasingly being threatened by Serbia’s actions (media)
• EU: Kosovo and Serbia to resolve license plates issue through dialogue (Telegrafi)
• Kamberi: Decision on license plates is just, Presevo Valley citizens to be compensated (KP)
• CDHRF: Reciprocity on license plates does not violate human rights (Zeri)
• Albanian PM Rama comments on license plates measures (media)
• Basha: Relations between two independent countries rest on reciprocity (media)
• “Only Kosovo Police members involved in operation in the north” (media)
• Roadblocks near Bernjak and Jarinje border crossing points remain (media)
• Pyper poll: Over 79% believe reciprocity will have positive impact on Kosovo’s image (Telegrafi)
• Osmani outlines meetings at the sidelines of UNGA session (media)
• Grenell criticises President Biden over his UNGA speech (media)
• Kosovo delegation visits Specialist Chambers at The Hague (media)
• Kosovo War Crime Witness Asks Hague Court for Compensation (BIRN)
• COVID-19: Seven deaths, 173 new cases (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 21, 2021

By   1 week ago

• Osmani: Kosovo fully implemented agreements signed in Brussels (media)
• Bislimi: There is a tendency for further escalation (media)
• Quiet situation in Bernjak and Jarinje (media)
• Svecla: Decision on temporary license plates is legitimate (media)
• U.S. Embassy calls on Kosovo and Serbia to reduce tensions (media)
• Criminal groups of Radojcic and Veselinovic behind roadblocks (Kosovapress)
• Vucic says he discussed crisis in Kosovo with Lajcak (N1)
• Judah: Serbian military reportedly driving around close to Kosovo border (media)
• Stefanovic: License plates agreement expired, Vucic’s regime lying to Serbs (media)
• “Government decision to be followed up with requirement to fill in forms” (Koha)
• ‘Reciprocity principle’ in Kosovo license plate dispute with Serbia (Euronews Albania)
• Kurti responds to questions on the gas pipeline project (RTK)
• COVID-19: 6 deaths, 48 new cases (media)
• First witness at Kosovo guerrilla’s trial recalls brutal beating (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 20

By   1 week ago

• COVID-19: 10 deaths, 173 new cases (media)
• Government: 35% of adult population is fully vaccinated in Kosovo (media)
• Movement of vehicles with KS license plates to be banned as of today (media)
• Kurti: If we were to sign a final agreement, Serbia would have to change its constitution (euronews.al)
• President Vjosa Osmani insists on concluding dialogue with mutual recognition (euronews.al)
• U.S. Embassy: Discussions with Kosovo government on gas pipeline ongoing (media)
• Serbs consider a possible plan on the north of Kosovo to constitute a threat (Koha)
• President Osmani travelled for official visit to United States (media)
• Rama Links Kosovo’s Membership in ‘Open Balkan’ to Its ‘Dedication to Peace’ (Exit News)
• ‘Relations with Albania Are Cooling,’ Warns Kosovo President (Exit News)
• Albanian PM Rama accepts invitation of Kurti to visit Kosovo (Express)
• Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani: Principled, yet willing to take risks (DW)
• A group of Afghan citizens leave Kosovo for United States (media)
• U.S. Seeks Acceleration Of EU-Balkan Integration, Senior Official Says (RFE)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 17

By   2 weeks ago

• COVID-19: 14 deaths, 368 new cases (media)
• Lajcak expects opposition parties in Kosovo to support the dialogue (media)
• Konjufca: There is only one Kosovo archive and is among world’s most transparent ones (Klan)
• PDK’s Krasniqi: KLA had no archives, it’s world-known fact (media)
• Kosovo not blocking Serbian vehicles’ entry despite agreement expiry (BIRN)
• Human remains recovered at the Kizevak mass gravesite to return to Kosovo (Klan)
• EU deploys 22 long-term election observers to Kosovo (EO/Koha)
• Basha: It is Albania’s duty to support Kosovo (media)
• Death of woman whose family says died after vaccination being investigated (media)
• Two government officials arrested on bribery charges (media)
• Kosovo Urged to Give Syria Returnees More Financial Help (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 16

By   2 weeks ago

• COVID-19: 12 deaths, 410 new cases (media)
• Health Institute calls on political parties: Stop rallies with citizens (media)
• Kurti to Lajcak: Kosovo is an equal party in dialogue, not a topic (media)
• Outgoing US Ambassador to Kosovo: ‘Relations Stronger than Stone’ (BIRN)
• ‘Silenced’ Kosovo War Victims Given a Voice at Guerrilla’s Trial (BIRN)
• Kosovo won’t join ‘Open Balkan’, supports ‘Berlin Process’ (Exit News)
• “Germany, steadfast partner of Kosovo’s path to Euro-Atlantic integration” (media)
• Kosovo will be able to appoint liaison officer to Europol (media)
• Haxhiu: Vetting through constitutional amendments, if not Plan B (T7)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 15, 2021

By   2 weeks ago

• COVID-19: 24 deaths, 357 new cases (media)
• Kurti: Kosovo to introduce reciprocity with Serbia (media)
• Merkel: Open Balkans cannot replace the Common Regional Market (Exit)
• Kosovo’s Kurti lists four crucial elements to secure peace and stability in the region (Euronews.al)
• Gervalla: We made it clear to Merkel that Kosovo cannot go back before 2008 (Klan)
• President Osmani met with President of Germany Steinmeier (media)
• U.S. ambassador Philip Kosnett gives interview to Kallxo.com
• EU envoy Miroslav Lajcak visits Kosovo today (media)
• EFJ slams Albanian PM for ignoring questions of Kosovo journalists during press conference with Merkel (Express)
• Kosovo war crimes court begins first case (AFP/France 24)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 28, 2021

    By   6 hours ago

    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 28, 2021

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Situation in the north, Kosovo and Serbia meet tomorrow in Brussels (RTK)
    • Von der Leyen: Increase of tensions between Kosovo and Serbia, worrying (media)
    • US confirms Escobar will take part in Bislimi-Petkovic meeting in Brussels (Kallxo)
    • MEPs concerned over recent tensions at the Kosovo-Serbia border crossings (media)
    • Stano to Escobar: Dialogue is between Kosovo, Serbia and EU (Express)
    • Germany requests removal of special forces and barricades from north (Express)
    • Nehammer: Kosovo is acting carefully and positively (media)
    • Vetting proceeded to government (Express)
    • European Union election observers visit CEC (RTK)
    • COVID-19: Eight deaths, 68 new cases (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Covid – 19 in Serbian communities: 40 new case, three deaths (KiM radio)
    • Protests in northern Kosovo continue (RTS)
    • “Meetings just to have meetings, unnecessary” (KiM radio)
    • Dialogue depends on the situation in the north (KiM radio, RTS)
    • Group of Serbs attacked in South Mitrovica, ten suspects arrested (Radio KIM, Kontakt plus radio)
    • Drecun: If KFOR is stability factor, it should act like one (Tanjug)
    • Defence Minister Stefanovic: “KFOR arrived at the crossings according to the agreement between Vucic and Stoltenberg” (Blic, TV Pink)
    • North Mitrovica citizens on license plates reciprocity: We want the same thing Pristina wants – autonomy (KoSSev)
    • Selakovic: Serbia highly appreciates consistent stance of Mexico not to recognize Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
    • Borrell: EU, Western Balkans share responsibility for united Europe (N1)

    International:

    • Ordinary Serbs, Albanians Pay Price of Serbia-Kosovo Vehicle Row (Balkan Insight)
    • Are Serbia and Kosovo Ready to Open Their War Archives? (Balkan Insight)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 27, 2021

    By   1 day ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Kurti: No information that KFOR is preparing to intervene in north (Telegrafi)
    • KFOR confirms increased patrolling in the north (Koha)
    • Sources: Kosovo, Serbia chief negotiators could meet in Brussels this week (RFE)
    • Rama: Serbia must stop theatrical military maneuvers (RFE)
    • Over 10,000 provisional license plates administered since reciprocity (media)
    • COVID-19: Three deaths, 23 new cases (media)
    • Kosovo, Albanian governments to meet in late November (Klan Kosova)
    • EC President to visit Kosovo on Wednesday as part of Balkans tour (Express)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • The EU expects Kurti and Vucic by the end of this week in Brussels (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
    • Protests in north enter second week, positions unchanged (RTS)
    • KFOR members arrived at Jarinje (Kosovo-online)
    • Armored vehicles of the Serbian Army near Jarinje (N1)
    • Vucic: NATO to react within 24 hours if violence breaks out (N1)
    • Stefanovic and Mojsilovic accompanied by Russian Ambassador visit army units in Raska (RTS)
    • Brnabic on EU, current situation in northern Kosovo (TV Pink, media)
    • Brnabic met UN SG Guterres in New York, reacted to Rama’s statement on Kosovo recognition (Tanjug, RTS)
    • Gabriel Escobar in Brussels on the situation at the administrative crossings (Blic, Tanjug, RFE)
    • Zubin Potok municipality: Old installation possible cause of fire (KoSSev)
    • Vucic to meet Quint ambassadors today (RTS)
    • Europol: Balkan drug cartel broken up (N1)

    International:
    • Albania defends Kosovo sovereignty, criticizes Serbia’s military maneuvers (Exit)
    • NATO, EU call for deescalation in the north of Kosovo as tensions continue (EWB)
    • Can Selling Weapons to Serbia Create Peace in the Balkans? (The National Interest)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 24, 2021

    By   4 days ago

    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 24, 2021

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Bislimi: License plates decision is unrelated to Brussels agreement (media)
    • Tensions following reciprocity change dialogue’s course (Koha)
    • Court rejects SL’s claims that Kosovo Government’s formation was unconstitutional (media)
    • In Hungary, Speaker Konjufca criticises EU over visa liberalisation (media)
    • KSF and Kosovo Police conclude joint exercise with KFOR (media)
    • Committee approves national programme for implementation of SAA (Kosovapress)
    • COVID-19: Four deaths, 84 new cases (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Peaceful protest of Serbs in northern Kosovo continues (RTS, Kosovo-online)
    • One of three Serbs beaten by police in wood close to Brnjak speaks about attack; police denies local media report (KoSSev, media)
    • Elek: Beaten Serbs spent difficult night at hospital (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
    • Serbian PM tells Belgian counterpart Pristina perpetrating violence (N1)
    • Brnabic to address UN General Debate of world leaders today (B92)
    • Washington more strongly involved with the EU in renewing the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and calming the crisis in Kosovo (NMagazin, Beta)
    • Kosovo police removed poster “Welcome to ZSO” in Strpce (Radio KIM)
    • Vulin: ”We are not negotiating with a gun pointed at the forehead” (NMagazin, Beta, N1, TV Pink)
    • Former Greek ambassador: “In the end, we will recognize the so-called Kosovo” (B92)
    • Brnabic: We have much to lose if we fall for Pristina’s provocations (Tanjug)
    • Ursula von der Leyen to visit Belgrade on September 29 (Tanjug)
    • Commission for Missing Persons: Mortal remains of three Serbs taken over at the Merdare crossing (FoNet, Danas)
    • Kosovo Constitutional Court issues Decision on non-execution of its verdict which confirmed ownership of Visoki Decani Monastery (Danas)

    Opinion:

    • The Potemkin facade of Vucic’s rule (Kosovo 2.0)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 23, 2021

    By   5 days ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Tanin calls for reducing of tensions: Responsible leadership to be shown (media)
    • Kosovo Police rejects reports that its officers beat up three Serbs (media)
    • Svecla on situation in the north: We do not expect escalation (media)
    • EU with diplomatic commitment to reduce tensions in the north (RFE Albanian)
    • The situation in Brnjak, tense (Kallxo.com)
    • Serbian gendarmerie vehicles patrol near the Kosovo Police in Jarinje (Koha)
    • Police give details on situation in Jarinje and Brnjak (Express)
    • ARC has administered 6375 license plates after establishing reciprocity (media)
    • Police are not allowing anyone to cross the barricade leading to Brnjak (Klan)
    • Vucic sets four conditions to return to dialogue, Kurti sets one to remove reciprocity (Express)
    • Municipal mayors to discuss new anti-COVID measures with Health Minister (media)
    • PSD files charges against Minister Vitia (media)
    • Meeting of Assembly chairmanship fails, due to lack of quorum (media)
    • Geopolitics expert: Kosovo’s two messages to Brussels (euronews.al)
    • COVID-19: 7 deaths, 173 new cases (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • UNMIK chief: All sides to take steps to avoid tensions in Kosovo (media)
    • Protests at Jarinje and Brnjak continues (RTS)
    • Petkovic: Three Serbs beaten near the Brnjak crossing (KiM radio, Radio Mitrovica sever, TV Most)
    • Stefanovic: Combat readiness of Army of Serbia garrisons in Raska and Novi Pazar raised (RTS)
    • Vucic: No talks until Pristina withdraws forces from north Kosovo (N1)
    • Petkovic: Situation to return to the one prior to September 20 (Radio KIM)
    • Civil sector and media call for urgent de-escalation; discuss freedom of movement in Brussels (Radio Kontakt plus, KoSSev, RTK2, Kosovo Online)
    • Kosovo police arrest three Serbs over poster; Serbian officials condemned the act (N1, Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)
    • What message billboards “Welcome to ZSO” convey? (Radio KIM)
    • Selakovic to Borrell: Belgrade committed to dialogue, but doesn’t accept unilateral acts (media)
    • A book by Albin Kurti’s wife promoted in Belgrade (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
    • Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 24 new cases (KiM radio)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 22, 2021

    By   6 days ago

    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 22, 2021

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Kurti: We’ll remove measures on license plates, if Serbia does the same (media)
    • EU High Representative Josep Borrell meets with regional leaders (media)
    • Osmani: Kosovo met visa liberalisation requirements, EU must deliver (media)
    • President Osmani, Foreign Minister Gervalla meet NATO SG Stoltenberg (media)
    • Health Minister: 500,000 Pfizer doses will arrive by year’s end (media)
    • COVID-19: Five deaths, 160 new cases (media)
    • Nikola: Let’s come together so the world knows about Serbia’s crimes (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Varhelyi: Unilateral actions lead to unnecessary tensions and should be withdrawn (Kosovo Online)
    • Petkovic: Kurti plans to negotiate but with long barrels and armored vehicles goes against the bare-handed people (Kosovo Online)
    • Vulin: ”The situation in Kosovo and Metohija calm, but tense” (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
    • The Kosovo government discussing the situation in the north; no translation for Serbian media (KiM radio)
    • Number of people gathering at Jarinje increases, no incidents (Kosovo-online)
    • Covic: Now international community is on move (RTS)
    • Representatives of WB with Borrell at a working dinner in NY (media)
    • Tanjug: EU proposes Vucic-Kurti meeting in Brussels, aiming at reducing tensions (Kosovo-online)
    • Selakovic met foreign ministers of Tunisia, Estonia and Bolivia in NY (RTS)
    • EU-Western Balkans Summit in Slovenia in October (N1)
    • Serbian Government to set up health care centers in north Kosovo (N1)
    • Novakovic: Kurti introduced reciprocity because of local elections also (Kosovo-online)
    • NADA for more decisive response of Serbia over ROSU units in north (Kosovo-online)
    • The issuance of trial plates in Laplje Selo started today (KiM radio)

    Opinion:

    • Merkel’s Balkan Farewell More than Just Symbolic (Balkan Insight)

    International:

    • Restore trust and inspire hope, UN chief says in message to UNGA76 (news.un.org)
    • World leaders speak at United Nations General Assembly (Al Jazeera)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 21, 2021

    By   1 week ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • COVID-19: 7 deaths, 173 new cases (media)
    • Prime Minister Kurti received Quint ambassadors and Head of EU Office (media)
    • Kosovo Foreign Minister: Tensions are a unilateral action by Serbia (media)
    • Citizens can be provided with temporary license plates starting today (media)
    • Kurti: Cooperative security remains our main task and engagement (media)
    • Lajcak: Reduce tensions, allow freedom of movement (Express)
    • Civilian police officers are removing “KS” license plates in Prishtina (Koha)
    • Bislimi: Opening Serbia’s state archives helps locating mass graves (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • 34 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas (Kosovo-online)
    • Vucic says he refused Quint’s proposal for solution, demands withdrawal of troops from northern Kosovo (RTS)
    • At Jarinje and Brnjak calm; crossing possible only on foot (media)
    • Lajcak concerned over situation in northern Kosovo, calls for immediate de-escalation (Kosovo-online)
    • Vucic: I don’t see the point of dialogue at the moment (media)
    • Petkovic: Belgrade “fought in all ways“ to extend KS licence plates (N1)
    • Temporary RKS license plates: The origin story (KoSSev)
    • Mustafa: The reciprocity measure punishes Albanians in Presevo (Beta, NMagazin)
    • Brnabic and Selakovic at the General Session of the UN (B92, Tanjug)
    • Opposition in Serbia on the issue of Pristina’s reciprocity measure (media)
    • Trial plates still not issued in central Kosovo (Kosovo Online, KiM radio)

    International:

    • Protesters block Kosovo-Serbia border, tension still high (AP)
    • Kosovo: New restrictions on Serbian license plates spark protests (DW)
    • EU leaders accuse Biden of disloyalty to allies (politico.eu)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 20, 2021

    By   1 week ago

    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 20, 2021

    Albanian Language Media:

    • COVID-19: 6 deaths, 48 new cases (media)
    • License plates’ reciprocity, Svecla provides details on increase of police forces (RTK)
    • Citizens block the roads to Brnjak and Jarinje (media)
    • Kurti on action in the North: Serbia agreed to this as well (Ekonomia Online)
    • MIA: Do not use Brnjak and Jarinje border points (Koha)
    • The road to the Jarinje and Brnjak border points, continues to be blocked (Kallxo)
    • EU: Kosovo and Serbia to immediately reduce tensions (RTK/Klan)
    • KFOR: The situation in the North is stable (media)
    • Serbian media: Vucic to gather National Security Council following Kosovo decision on license plates (Express)
    • LDK’s Gashi: PM Kurti putting on a ‘show’ with license plates (Kallxo)
    • PDK and LVV clash over Kurti’s role in the KLA (Telegrafi)
    • Kurti to undertake U.S. visit in November (Kosovapress/Klan)
    • Albanian Assembly Speaker Nikolla to visit Kosovo (Koha)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • 38 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio kontakt plus)
    • Stano: Lower tensions immediately, sides to refrain from unilateral actions (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
    • KFOR on events in northern Kosovo: Security situation stable (Kosovo-online)
    • Vucic convened an emergency session of the Security Council (B92, Vecernje Novosti)
    • ROSU at Jarinje and Brnjak, confiscation of vehicle plates commenced, Rakic urges Vucic to react (RTS)
    • Simic called for the restraint of the citizens (B92, TV Prva, Tanjug)
    • Issuance of trial RKS vehicle plates has started (KiM radio)
    • Replacement of Serbian registration plates started in Gorazdevac (Radio KIM)
    • Andric: 9,500 vehicles with Serbian license plates captured in Kosovo (Beta, Danas)
    • Stefanovic: ”Explain to Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija how you ‘defend’ them ” (Kosovo Online)
    • Rada Trajkovic accuses Vucic of misinforming Serbs (Kosovo online)
    • Petkovic: Pristina to start issuing temporary license plates for cars with Serb plates as of Monday (KoSSev)
    • Milivojevic: By introducing reciprocity, Kurti practically abolishes dialogue (Kosovo-online)
    • Lajcak on two-day visit to Belgrade (Radio KIM)
    • Lajcak canceled a meeting with civil society in Belgrade (Kosovo Online, Danas)
    • Petkovic: Either Brussels agreement will be respected or it shall not exist (Radio KIM)
    • Vucic, Erdogan: Friendship with Turkey is guarantee of peace in region (N1)

    Opinion:

    • Janjic: Vehicle plates are just the beginning of Kurti’s measures of reciprocity, Lajcak does not understand, and that leads to war (Kosovo Online)

    International:

    • Tempers Flare At Serbia-Kosovo Border As Pristina Presses ‘Reciprocal’ Move Over License Plates (RFE)
    • Kosovo deploys police, Serbs protest amid border tension (AP)
    • Kosovo Deploys Police as Serbs Protest in Licence Plate Dispute (Balkan Insight)
    • Tensions as Kosovo begins removing Serbian licence plates at border (Euronews)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 17, 2021

    By   2 weeks ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • COVID-19: 19 deaths, 279 new cases (media)
    • Kosovo making preparations to issue COVID-19 digital passports (RFE/media)
    • Kurti: Reciprocity towards Serbia is not an act of revenge (media)
    • “Kurti to not debate Washington deal but insist U.S. appoints dialogue envoy” (Euronews Albania/media)
    • Rizvanolli: No decisions on gas pipeline without cost information (Koha)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • EU envoy Lajcak due in Belgrade on Monday (N1)
    • Lajcak met Serbian List’s representatives (Radio Mitrovica sever)
    • Two more people infected with Covid-19 in Gracanica (KiM radio)
    • Resignation after insulting president and prime minister (KiM radio)
    • Drecun: Lajcak attempts to give a dynamic to a died down dialogue (RTV Puls, Tanjug)
    • Petkovic to Pristina: Plans to conquer North doomed (KoSSev)

    International:

    • Kosovo Minister Blames Falsified COVID-19 Tests on Wrongly Licensed Labs (Balkan Insight)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 16, 2021

    By   2 weeks ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • COVID-19: 14 deaths, 368 new cases (media)
    • Kurti: Kosovo, North Macedonia governments’ meeting, a historic moment (media)
    • Kosovo and North Macedonia signed 11 agreements today (media)
    • Konjufca: Territorial integrity and independence are non-negotiable (media)
    • AAK’s Tahiri asks Lajcak to explain issue of KLA archives (Lajmi)
    • 117 Afghan nationals expected to fly out of Kosovo today (Radio Free Europe)
    • COVID-19 forces parties to avoid conventional campaigns (Indeksonline)
    • Rama on Open Balkan: No one can lecture Albania (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Three deaths, 29 newly infected with Covid-19 in Serbian communities (KiM radio)
    • “Epidemiological situation in Serb areas in Kosovo serious” (Radio Kosovska Mitrovica, KiM radio)
    • Petkovic: Pristina wants to go back ten years and bury the dialogue (RTS)
    • The hearing in the case of the murder of Oliver Ivanovic postponed again (KiM radio, Radio Mitrovica sever)
    • Petritsch: In Washington, the Balkans are increasingly seen as a problem of Europe (Kosovo Online)
    • Von der Leyen to visit Belgrade on September 30 (Tanjug)
    • Stojanovic: Citizens to decide on their own future (KiM radio)
    • Jevtic: Serbian List’s victory will be “defeat to the devil” (KiM radio)

    International:

    • For Kosovo officials, training means travel on taxpayer dime (BIRN)
    • European Parliament gives green light to IPA III worth 14.2 billion euro (EWB)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • FRONTEX: Illegal Migration Increased by Over 90% in the Mediterranean, Balkan & Western African Route (schengenvisainfo.com)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 15, 2021

    By   2 weeks ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • COVID-19: 12 deaths, 410 new cases (media)
    • Osmani: “Open Balkan” is dangerous (media)
    • Balkans towards insecurity without Merkel? (DW Albanian, media)
    • Minister Libur Aliu brings details about the Agreement in Belgrade (media)
    • Uran Ismaili hands over his MP mandate (media)
    • AAK decides to hold only five days of pre-election campaign (RTK)
    • Kurti testifies in court about threat he received from Haxhi Hoti in 2019 (Klan)
    • Special Prosecutor issues two requests for arrest warrant against three individuals (RTK)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic on Kurti’s announcement of reciprocity: You cannot influence irrational moves (KoSSev)
    • Selakovic: If Pristina launches its recognition campaign, we know what to do (RTS, Kosovo Online)
    • The EC president announced a visit to the Western Balkans by the end of the month (Danas, Beta)
    • The DFC continues to work with governments to promote economic opportunities in the region (VoA)
    • Bieber: Merkel has supported Serbia’s undemocratic regime to some extent (N1)
    • Petkovic: ‘’Everything is ready for the celebration of the National Flag Day on KiM’’ (TV Most)
    • Dacic on Kurti’s announcements: The time of the election campaign (RTK2, Nova S, TV Pink)
    • At the Merdare crossing, the reciprocity measure for the vehicle plates from Serbia not applied (KoSSev, KiM radio, RTK2)
    • Rakic: The Serbian list and the candidates for mayors received support from President Vucic (Kosovo Online)
    • Vucic: Elections to be held on April 3 or 17 (Tanjug)

    Opinion:

    • Leaders of dubious motives (KoSSev)

    International:

    • Kosovo’s Wartime ‘Commander Cali’ Emerges from the Shadows (BIRN)
    • Ex-rebel denies war crimes as Kosovo tribunal opens first trial (Reuters)
    • Relationship between Berlin Process and Open Balkan discussed during Merkel’s Tirana visit (EWB)
    • Serb Unity Day triggers worries across the Balkans (AP)

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