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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, 03 July

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• 73 new coronavirus cases in Kosovo in last 24 hours (media)
• Another two patients succumb to COVID – 19 (media)
• North Macedonia considering shutting down Kosovo border (media)
• Assembly President calls for new elections (Gazeta Express)
• Hoti: The Prime Minister represents the state in dialogue (media)
• EULEX: Mandate guaranteed by Kosovo and international laws (media)
• What is Council of Experts’ role in Kosovo – Serbia dialogue? (RFE)
• Vucic: To recognise Kosovo’s independence? Forget about it (

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, July 02

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• 113 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours (media)
• Von Cramon: Hopefully a mutual recognition agreement during fall (media)
• Palmer: U.S. remain committed to normalisation of relations (media)
• Heldt: Pandemics, dialogue and visa liberalization to be on focus (Koha)
• PM Avdullah Hoti to visit Tirana today (media)
• EU: Hoti took commitment on EULEX (Express)
• Selimi: Proposed indictment was announced intentionally (media)
• Koci: First indictment expected to be confirmed or denied in July (media)
• Tahiri: No discussions to include PDK in government (RTK)
• (Correction) Judah: Dialogue weakens if Thaci resigns (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, July 01

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• 79 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours (media)
• Health Minister: Situation with coronavirus is under control (media)
• EU intends to continue Kosovo – Serbia dialogue without Thaci (RFE)
• MEPs: Merkel to put visa liberalisation for Kosovo on EU council agenda (media)
• Grenell: US focus on economic normalisation motivated Europeans (media)
• Judah: Dialogue weakens if Thaci resigns (media)
• Wisner: Kosovo is in a very serious crisis after proposed indictment (media)
• Without EULEX, operation of Special Court becomes impossible (Koha)
• Hoti calls on Assembly to address budget with priority (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 30

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• President Thaci’s address to the people after proposed indictment (media)
• Hoti: We will react with dignity toward new developments (media)
• Rama starts his day by distributing his speech on defense of KLA (media)
• Vetevendosje’s Nagavci says Thaci’s address was scandalous (media)
• Haradinaj: A great power behind Specialist Chambers (media)
• Zeka: List includes other very powerful political actors (Klan Kosova)
• Abrahams: EU, US to seek justice in Serbia for Kosovo crimes (media)
• Kicmari: I think the President should’ve resigned tonight (T7)
• 136 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours (media)
• US State Department Country Report on Terrorism for Kosovo (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 29

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• 87 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours (media)
• Due to increased cases of Covid-19, EU borders remain closed for Kosovo (Koha)
• PM Hoti: We might have to reintroduce isolation measures (media)
• Osmani: Significant rise requires government’s urgent attention (media)
• Coronavirus spreads in the Assembly (Indeksonline)
• Assembly Presidency and committees should not meet, Council suggests (media)
• President Thaci to address the media on Monday (media)
• Specialist Chambers comment on accusations against Thaci (Klan/Telegrafi)
• Albanian PM Rama to visit Kosovo on Monday (media)
• EULEX work not affected by lack of letter exchange (Koha)
• Serwer: Shore up the Kosovo state (Peacefare.net/Koha)
• EU undercut the U.S.-led Kosovo–Serbia summit (National Review/media)
• Police detain then release two persons during St. Vitus celebrations (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 27

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• Hoti: Liberation war is sacred, territorial integrity will not be discussed (media)
• German Foreign Office: We support Specialist Chambers (Express)
• German MPs: Parliament not to give in to efforts to abolish special court (media)
• EU considers EULEX has legal mandate to continue mission (Koha)
• Schutz: Germany fully supports vital role of EULEX (media)
• Limaj calls for unity after indictment against Thaci and Veseli (media)
• “Any obstacle to Special Court and EULEX, grave consequences” (media)
• “Call for Justice” supports Specialist Chambers’ work (Kallxo)
• Cakaj after meeting Grenell: No plans for Kosovo partition (media)
• Serb “that threatens the situation” not allowed to enter Kosovo (Koha)
• 62 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours in Kosovo (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 26

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• White House meeting between Kosovo and Serbia postponed (media)
• Albanian FM Cakaj in Washington for Kosovo-Serbia agreement (Koha)
• Grenell reacts to NYT story on Washington mtg, says it has ‘lots of errors’ (media)
• Hoti: Now is the right momentum to conclude the dialogue (media)
• French Embassy: France, Germany expect dialogue to resume soon (media)
• President’s Office: EULEX’s mandate in Kosovo over (media)
• Haradinaj comments on indictment against Thaci, Veseli (Telegrafi)
• Former KLA fighter sent to The Hague (media)
• Kosovo PM to visit Tirana next week (media)
• Covid-19: 69 new cases over last 24 hours (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 25

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• Thaci, Veseli and others accused of war crimes by Specialist Prosecutor (media)
• Thaci cancels trip to Washington amid filing of war crimes charges (media)
• Hoti cancels Washtington trip (media)
• Veseli calls indictment against him ‘political’ and ‘groundless’ (media)
• Hoti: No one can be considered guilty without final decision of the court (media)
• Osmani calls for maturity and unity (media)
• Kurti: Indictment, new consequence of older mistakes (media)
• Mustafa: Hoti to decide himself if he will go to Washington (media)
• Haziri: There will be no White House meeting (Syri TV/Telegrafi)
• Collaku: Disgusting to try freedom fighters in the name of justice (media)
• Limaj: KLA fighters being politically persecuted (media)
• Konjufca: Dialogue to stop until Specialist Chamber completes its work (Koha)
• Ahmeti: Events ahead of White House meeting have no good intentions (media)
• EU does not comment on indictment against Thaci and Veseli (Koha)
• State Department: Indictment, step forward in justice and reconciliation process (VOA)
• Former SITP prosecutor comments on indictment against Thaci (media)
• Rama on indictment: Cannot find words to express indignation (RTK)
• Op-ed: A planned Kosovo-Serbia meeting at the White House is falling apart. It was always a bad idea. (WaPo)
• Weber: Specialist Prosecutor feared Thaci plans to negotiate amnesty (RFE)
• Serwer: Kosovo is in trouble (Peacefare.net/Koha)
• Op-ed: Anatomy of a Kosovo Summit Catastrophe (Foreign Policy)
• 95 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 24

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• 52 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Another patient succumbs to COVID – 19 (media)
• Air transport in Kosovo to resume on June 28 (media)
• Thaci: No land swap discussions in Washington (media)
• Hoti: Visits to Brussels doesn’t substitute meeting in Washington (media)
• Veseli: Kosovo’s negotiating position is very weak (Telegrafi)
• EU confirms continuation of Kosovo – Serbia dialogue in July (Lajmi)
• Stoltenberg: No one can dictate a solution for Kosovo and Serbia (Koha)
• Assembly fails to endorse international financial agreements (media)
• Internationals want Serbs to try Serb cases in Kosovo (Koha)
• U.S. Embassy calls on government to appoint experienced professionals (media)
• Vucic: We talked about things you cannot discuss publicly (media)
• Kosovo government declares Hezbollah a terrorist organisation (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 23

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• Covid-19: 47 cases reported over last 24 hours (media)
• Kosovo, Serbia leaders to meet in Brussels on Thursday (media)
• Hoti reveals details of upcoming trip to Brussels (media)
• Thaci: Washington meeting will be very difficult (RTK/Telegrafi)
• Borrell insists only “structured dialogue” is led by EU (Zeri)
• Lajcak in Belgrade: Dialogue to continue without delay (RFE)
• U.S. Ambassador Kosnett’s interview to Klan Kosova
• Haradinaj: Three key principles in dialogue with Serbia (media)
• VV MP: Thaci has violated Constitution, Hoti unprepared for dialogue (Klan)
• “Thaci’s another term in office believed to be damaging” (Koha)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 2, 2020

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 02, 2020

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Veliu meets Lajcak’s adviser, discuss dialogue with Serbia (RTK)
    • Grenell to set a date for the meeting at White House soon (Koha, Express)
    • Hoti talks to Kurz: Austria will support Kosovo’s EU integration (RTK)
    • UK Embassy signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kosovo institutions (media)
    • KLA war associations and former political prisoners to protest on 9 July (Koha)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Ten new Covid-19 infection cases registered in Serb-areas in Kosovo yesterday (Radio KIM)
    • Kesic: A more serious dialogue only after the American elections (Kosovo Online)
    • Bieber: Vucic party’s victory proves Serbia is undemocratic country (FoNet, N1)
    • Djuric: Citizens choose Vucic’s policy so Serbia can be strong (TV Most)
    • Alliance for Serbia says opposition front to be formed (BETA, N1)

    Opinion:

    • An unexpected pole position: The EU in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (EURACTIV)
    • The US and EU Have Both Failed Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
    • Winston Churchill of the Balkans? (Weltwoche.ch)
    • Media should focus on COVID-19, not political drama (Prishtina Insight)

    International:

    • Kosovo Ex-Guerrillas Vow Protests Against President Thaci’s Indictment (Balkan Insight)
    • Biden Compared Indicted War Criminal to “George Washington” (counterpunch.com)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • Kosovo Court Angers Unions by Blocking Salaries Law (Balkan Insight)
    • Coronavirus: Austria issues travel warning for six Balkan states (BBC)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 01, 2020

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Hoti: Dialogue has no alternative, I will lead it (Koha)
    • Haradinaj: Merkel understands Kosovo’s needs, visas will liberalise (Ekonomiaonline)
    • Bytyci: PDK is in opposition, involvement in government is speculation (media)
    • 111 patients with COVID – 19 at Infectious Clinic, four in critical condition (media)
    • 70 Prishtina doctors in self-isolation, 11 tested positive with Covid-19 (Kallxo)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic: I will not allow the ordered solution for Kosovo (media)
    • Dacic: Relations between Serbia and US positive, despite challenges (N1, Beta)
    • Germany takes over EU Presidency (Beta, N1)
    • Djukanovic: There is no solution for Kosovo without merging politics and economy (RTS)
    • EU to open its borders for Serbian citizens as of July 1 (Tanjug, B92)
    • Brnabic: Serbia too small to interfere with great powers (N1, FoNet)
    • Association “Support Me” to launch petition against ban to Arlov to enter Kosovo (Radio kontakt plus)
    • Agreement between KOSTT and ENTSO foresees licensing of Serbian operator (KoSSev)
    • Online classes to be continued in September? (B92, Tanjug)
    • DPM Rakic met French Ambassador, OMiK Head (Radio KIM)

    Opinion:

    • Trump Administration’s Bet on Kosovo’s Thaci Fails to Pay Off (Balkan Insight)
    • Kosovo’s Specialist Prosecutor begins ‘stirring the pot’ (Prishtina Insight)
    • Trans-Atlantic relations and the Western Balkans (moderndiplomacy.eu)

    International:

    • Kosovo president Hashim Thaçi vows to resign if war crimes trial goes ahead (The Guardian)
    • New Times, New Hope for Balkan Whistleblowers (whistleblowersblog.org)
    • Serbia’s ruling party just scored a landslide victory. Here’s why the opposition boycotted the election (The Washington Post)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • First joint human rights report by CSOs in Kosovo (media)
    • Serbian Government denies shortage of coronavirus tests (N1)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 30, 2020

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 30, 2020

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Rama: I am here to support Kosovo and its politicians (media)
    • PM Rama annuls his meeting with Haradinaj (RTK)
    • Orlando: We look forward to visa liberalisation for Kosovo soon! (media)
    • 111 patients with coronavirus currently treated at Prishtina Hospital (media)
    • Council reacts to Hoti and Zemaj on facemasks remarks (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Tanjug: The EU ‘took note’ of Thaci’s announcement (B92)
    • Mihajlovic: Thaci thinks he would manage to ‘cleanse’ his biography as Haradinaj did (Kosovo-online)
    • Kosovo police to assist municipal inspectors in enforcing new measures on Covid-19 (Radio kontakt plus)
    • Bieber: Enthusiasm for Serbia’s Vucic declining in Germany (Beta, Danas, N1)
    • German Ambassador: Serbia’s EU integration depends on progress in reforms (N1, FoNet)
    • DPM Rakic met Norwegian Ambassador Grondahi (TV Most)

    Opinion:

    • PDK’s lawsuit against BIRN can’t hide the truth (Prishtina Insight)

    International:

    • Kosovo’s president hits out at ‘fabricated’ war crimes charges (Politico)
    • Serbia’s Vučić: Kosovo talks must go on despite Thaçi indictment (Politico.eu)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • Coronavirus: Worst could be yet to come, WHO warns (BBC)
    • Live Blog: Central, Southeast Europe Responds to Uptick in COVID-19 Pandemic (Balkan Insight)
    • OpisMEDIJavanje: Fact-checking protects the journalist and the reputation of the media (KoSSev)
    • 60 organizations condemn Austrian embassy’s role in ‘illegal’ hydropower operation (Prishtina Insight)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 29, 2020

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Rama: Indictment, a stain of shame (media)
    • Selimi: Lack of transparency in dialogue, bad signal for the country (media)
    • Osmani denies allegations for KFOR protection and discussing special court with Ambassadors (Express)
    • Concerning spread of coronavirus in Kosovo (RFE, media)
    • Von Cramon: Macron does not want liberalisation of visas for Kosovars (media)
    • Hoti: Not wearing masks represents a criminal offence (media)
    • “Trump gives Grenell last chance for Kosovo-Serbia dialogue” (Klan Kosova)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic: If Trump wins, it will be easier for Serbia (Kurir, B92)
    • Vucic: Dialogue should resume despite indictment against Thaci (BETA, N1)
    • “The indictment in ‘carrot and stick’ fashion intended for Belgrade” (Tanjug, B92)
    • Antonijevic: Increase in the number of newly infected in Serbian communities (Kontakt plus radio)
    • New measures to curb Covid-19 in northern municipalities (KoSSev, Radio kontakt plus)
    • Djilas: Reconciliation of the people, but not with Vucic and Thaci (KoSSev, N1)
    • Serbs mark Vidovdan at Gazimestan Monument (KoSSev, N1)
    • Serbian List, Djuric condemned beating of Serbian men at Gazimestan (Kosovo-online)
    • Serb house in Gracanica robbed (Radio KIM)

    Opinion:

    • Nationalism May Well Haunt a Post-Pandemic Balkans (Balkan Insight)

    International:

    • Kosovo’s President To Address War Crimes Charges In Speech To Nation (RFE)
    • Germany: Merkel’s CDU eyes Western Balkans immigration curbs amid coronavirus (infomigrants.net, DW)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • Safe house opened in Zubin Potok (Radio Mitrovica Sever)
    • Crisis Staff session ended, new measures to be introduced (B92)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 26, 2020

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 26, 2020

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Thaci to deliver address on Sunday, following war crimes accusations (media)
    • Thaci: No one can rewrite Kosovo’s history (media)
    • Weber: Specialist prosecutors proved to be independent (DW)
    • British Embassy concerned over increased attacks against Kosovo Serbs (Klan)
    • Two new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Kosovo (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic from Brussels: I expect that Serbia will become a member of the European Union by 2026 (B92, Tanjug)
    • Vucic met von der Leyen, Varhelyi and Lajcak in Brussels (B92, media)
    • Deutsche Welle: Thaci hoped that Washington would save him? (B92)
    • Covic: It is completely clear now that EU, Germany and France work directly against Trump (Kosovo-online)
    • “There were indications they’ll sign an agreement, why meet at White House?” (Tanjug, B92)
    • Kosovo ambassador demands explanation from KSC; Hoti claims his government will not comment on KSC processes (KoSSev)
    • Fabrizi: Vucic’s visit to Brussels shows readiness for talks with Pristina (N1)

    Opinion:

    • Op-ed: Kosovo should suspend participation in dialogue (Koha)
    • Serwer: Kosovo needs to hedge (Peacefare.net)

    International:

    • After Kosovo President War Crimes Indictment, Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Uncertain (VOA)
    • Thaci Trial ‘Should Have Happened Before’, Victims’ Families Say (Balkan Insight)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • Kon: Situation with coronavirus is getting worse (Tanjug, B92)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 25, 2020

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Hoti from Brussels: Dialogue has no alternative (RTK)
    • Mustafa: Let us sit together once again prior to meeting Vucic (RTK)
    • Hoti: Government engaged in advancing democratic processes (RTK)
    • Osmani hosts a meeting with Quint Ambassadors, discuss latest developments (RTK)
    • Bildt not surprised if efforts to shut down Specialist Chambers intensify (Koha)
    • 106 patients with Covid-19 are being treated at Infectious Disease Clinic (RTK)
    • Der Standard: Thaci and Grenell were about to reach a ‘dirty deal’ (Koha)
    • Scandalous: The Specialized Prosecutor’s Office violated work regulations, professional ethics and its own laws (Indeksonline)
    • Association of KLA Veterans: We will ask abrogation of KSC Law in August (Koha)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • EU expects Belgrade-Pristina dialogue to resume in July (B92, Tanjug, RTS)
    • EC head says will meet Kosovo’s Hoti, Serbia’s Vucic as planned (N1)
    • Drecun: They wanted to “trade” in Washington to be excluded from indictments (RTS)
    • Two new cases of Covid-19 infection in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
    • Kandic: I expect the indictments to be confirmed, the first on the list is the Drenica group (N1, FoNet, KoSSev)
    • Former Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor Vukcevic on Thaci and Veseli’s indictment (KoSSev)
    • KLA graffiti and robbed house in Serb villages in Istok municipality (Kosovo-online)
    • Stefanovic: Kosovo issue can’t be resolved by agreement of those indicted for war crimes and autocrats (Danas)
    • “That was not fight for freedom, but brutal attack against Serbs” (RTS, Radio KIM)
    • Judah: Thaci’s legs have been cut off, Vucic has no equal with whom to talk (KoSSev)
    • Ahmetaj: I don’t expect resignations or protests (KoSSev)
    • Petritsch doubts US success in Belgrade – Pristina talks; Sooner or later elections in Kosovo (N1, Tanjug, B92)
    • Rakic and Popovic discussed strengthening of cooperation (TV Most)

    Opinion:

    • Two Decades on, Kosovo’s Guerrilla Boss Thaci May Finally Face Trial (Balkan Insight)
    • Kosovan president’s war crimes indictment puts West in a bind (Politico)
    • Presentation of Balkan barometer 2020: The shape of things to come (Regional Cooperation Council)

    International:

    • Kosovo scraps White House talks with Serbia after leader indicted (Reuters)
    • Kosovo: War Crimes Indictment Advances Justice (HRW)
    • Thaci Charges ‘Timed’ to Prevent Amnesty Deal in Washington (Balkan Insight)
    • Five Things Kosovo Must Know Before Doing a Deal with Serbia (Balkan Insight)
    • Kosovo president Hashim Thaçi indicted on war crimes charges (The Guardian)
    • EU-backed court wrecks US plan for Kosovo summit (EUobserver)
    • Telekom Srbija places 155 mln euro bid for Kosovo’s IPKO – Pristina mayor (SeeNews.com)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • COVID-19’s far reaching impact on global drug abuse (news.un.org)
    • WHO to N1: Classification of Covid-19 cases up to national authorities (N1)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 24, 2020

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 24, 2020

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Osmani: EU has not delivered on visa liberalisation promise (KP/Koha)
    • PDK submits request for creation of committee on privatisation (Klan)
    • Zemaj: We are trying to pursue mass testing for Covid-19 (Klan)
    • 85 coronavirus patients receiving treatment at Infectious Clinic in Pristina (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Serbia’s army among participants, Vucic among guests at Moscow parade (Beta, FoNet, N1)
    • Vucic: I spoke with Macron, I expect swift continuation of Brussels dialogue (Tanjug)
    • NGO: Concern over increase in incidents in Serb communities in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio)
    • Gracanica: First case of coronavirus infection recorded- unofficial (RTK2)
    • Godfrey: America offers Serbia and Kosovo a chance (Danas)
    • Grenell denies NYT report Trump will meet Vucic on June 27 (FoNet, N1)
    • Vucic after meeting Putin: “We discussed issues I cannot talk about in public” (B92)
    • Priluzje residents: Four people dead after ‘consuming suspicious brandy’; KP and Prosecution: Waiting for autopsy results (KoSSev)
    • Lajcak: Belgrade-Pristina talks in July, EU insists on implementation of deals (N1, FoNet)
    • Detention of Marko Rosic extended for two more months (Kosovo-online)

    International:

    • Serbia, Kosovo Leaders Expected in Brussels before Washington Meeting (Balkan Insight)
    • Kosovo talks to focus on economy, less likely to affect US military role (Stars and Stripes)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • Western Balkans coal power plants are still breaching pollution limits (emerging-europe.com)
    • Vucic: Claims on reduced number of dead and infected in Serbia hypocritical (BETA, N1)
    • Serbian anti-Covid-19 Crisis Team: Face masks mandatory in public transport (N1)
    • OpisMEDIJavanje: Public service broadcasters should reflect pluralism of society (KoSSev)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 23, 2020

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Grenell: We will try to build an economic zone between Kosovo and Serbia (media)
    • Hoti meets Thaci prior to his travelling to Brussels (media)
    • EU borders may remain closed for Western Balkans (media)
    • Osmani requests voting of international agreements (media)
    • Assembly has no quorum to vote on the million-dollar agreements (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic and Hoti at the end of the week in Brussels, but not about the dialogue (RTS)
    • Vucic: We are dealing with painful issues, compromise is not easy for Serbia (Tanjug, B92)
    • New round of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on June 25 in Brussels (N1)
    • Djuric: SNS in Kosovo won 86 percent of votes (KoSSev)
    • Returnee family robbed in the village of Veliko Krusevo (Kosovo Online)
    • MEPs: Mocking of democracy in Serbia, stop opening negotiating chapters (N1, EWB)

    Opinion:

    • Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s stabilocrat (DW)
    • Serbia’s Strongman Wins Big in Election Boycotted by the Opposition (The New York Times)
    • Serwer: Vucic’s victory convincing but stained (VoA, N1)

    International:

    • Serbia’s Vucic To Discuss Kosovo With Putin In Moscow On Wednesday – Ambassador (urdupoint.com)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • Number of COVID-19 hospitalisations peaks (Prishtina Insight)
    • Serbia’s anti-COVID-19 Crisis Team: Face masks mandatory in public transport (N1)
    • OpisMEDIJavanje: Sometimes a politician’s refusal to answer a question will be the answer (KoSSev)
    • Serbia Under-Reported COVID-19 Deaths and Infections, Data Shows (Balkan Insight)
    • SO2 emissions in Western Balkans coal plants six times above limit in 2019 (balkanenergynews.com)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 22, 2020

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Presidents Thaci, Vucic to lead delegations in Washington (Indeksonline)
    • Collaku: Economy and other issues that may arise to be discussed at White House (RFE)
    • Hoti’s cabinet: Mainly economic issues to be discussed in Washington (Klan)
    • Kosovo-Serbia final agreement to go through four stops (Klan Kosova)
    • Competition between EU and U.S. on Kosovo-Serbia agreement (Koha)
    • Weber: Kosovo and Serbia could get closer to final agreement by end of year (media)
    • Serbian man sentenced to 22 years in prison for war crimes (media)
    • One more coronavirus-related death reported in Kosovo (media)
    • Ministry of Health denies contact tracing will not be pursued anymore (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Kommersant: Vucic now must make a choice (Danas)
    • New REC data: 62.73 percent of electorate processed, 3 lists passed threshold (B92)
    • Vucic’s SNS scores landslide victory in Serbia’s general elections (media)
    • What kind of proposal does Lajcak bring to Belgrade today? (B92, Tanjug)
    • President Vucic: Let’s not be arrogant in forming government; experts say turnout 49 pct (N1)
    • OSCE: Final turnout in Kosovo was 55.178, respectively 57.88 percent of registered voters (Kosovo-online)
    • SzS: Fake elections have not succeeded, boycott did, turnout less than 50 percent (N1, BETA, FoNet)
    • Director of Factor Plus: Turnout expected, boycott failed (Prva TV, B92)
    • Varhelyi: “Important day for Serbia” (RTS, B92)
    • N. Macedonian President: Kosovo issue could lead to domino effect (RFE, N1, FoNet)
    • Newsmax TV founder: Trump is man who can bring peace to Balkans (Newsmax, N1)

    Opinion:

    • Serbia elections: Who’s left besides Vucic? (DW)
    • Wanted: EU-US cooperation on Kosovo (EUobserver)
    • ”Trump and the Kremlin know very well who they are dealing with” (KoSSev)
    • Kosovar politics needs rebellious women (Prishtina Insight)

    International:

    • Serbia President’s Party Scores Landslide in Election Boycotted by Opposition (Balkan insight)
    • Ruling Conservatives Set to Win Serbian Parliamentary Vote (VoA)
    • Serbian parliament left without clear opposition as the ruling party wins partially boycotted elections (EWB)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • BIRN Videos Tell Emotional Stories of Missing Fathers (Balkan Insight)
    • 22 years since kidnapping of Belacevac miners (TV Most)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 19, 2020

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 19, 2020

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Kosovo PM Hoti: Thaci knows I will lead the dialogue (Gazeta Express)
    • Grenell: Land swap was Bolton’s idea, not Trump’s (Fox News, RTK)
    • Von Cramon hopes visa liberalization for Kosovo during Germany’s presidency (Klan)
    • Pompeo congratulates Hoti for peaceful government formation (media)
    • Osmani demands visa liberalization from the EU (media)
    • Number of hospitalized with COVID-19 increases, 65 today (Koha)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic: Talks on Kosovo as “chess game”, we are ready for compromise (RTV)
    • “Without rule of law, any agreement is dead letter on paper” (Radio KIM)
    • Dacic thanks Lavrov for Russia’s support on Kosovo issue (N1)
    • European Parliament to debate report on Western Balkans (N1)
    • Lajcak to visit Belgrade on June 22 and 23 (FoNet)
    • REC adopted election instruction for Sunday elections in KiM (TV Most)
    • OSCE will implement practice established and applied in past during these elections (RTK2)
    • US Embassy in Pristina: We will not observe elections on Sunday (Kosovo-online, RTV KIM)
    • “If exchanging territories is the way…” (Kosovo-online, B92)
    • Vucic urged citizens to vote on Sunday’s elections (B92)
    • Pre-election silence in Serbia starts at midnight until Sunday evening (N1, FoNet)

    Opinion:

    • Race for Serbia-Kosovo Deal Betrays America’s Best Principles (Balkan Insight)
    • Five mounting challenges for China in the Western Balkans (ECFR)

    International:

    • Moscow’s Approval Necessary For Any Deal Between Serbia, Kosovo, Lavrov Says (RFE)
    • Serbia ready to sacrifice EU membership over Kosovo deal (Reuters)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • Balkan Countries Relax Guard Despite COVID-19’s Second Wave (Balkan Insight)
    • Media Literacy Project: Beware of hybrid objective journalism (KoSSev)

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