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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 22, 2024

By   17 hours ago

Albanian Language Media:
• Govt: Association isn’t an umbrella to legalize illegal structures (media)
• Kurti: In less than 2 weeks, 313 Serbs converted their driver’s licenses (media)
• Kurti meets coalition partners, non-majority communities representatives (media)
• U.S. concerned about minorities’ treatment, “leaders to listen to partners” (RFE)
• KFOR said it was notified about operation in north, but did not take part in it (RFE)
• Osmani meets Szunyog, talks need to remove measures against Kosovo (media)

Serbian Language Media:
• Ziadeh: Kosovo Police action in the north may lead to an escalation (Kosovo Online, KoSSev)
• EU concerned over Kosovo police raids on bank branches (N1)
• Hovenier and Chulik: Yesterday’s KP action was not coordinated with international partners, Kosovo government has to address the basic needs of all citizens (KoSSev)
• British Embassy: Police action in the north poses a risk for escalation of tensions (Kosovo Online)
• KFOR: We expect timely consultations on any action by the Kosovo Police or the KSF (Kosovo Online, KiM radio, KoSSev)
• Vucevic met Konrad, further cooperation, Serbia’s European path, and the position of Serbs in Kosovo discussed (Tanjug)
• Petkovic spoke with the Spanish ambassador about the situation in Kosovo (Tanjug)
• Miljan Jovanovic from Leposavic arrested by the Kosovo police for the second time – by mistake (Beta, NMagazin)
• SL: The state has done everything to protect all Serbs who receive income from the budget of the Republic of Serbia (Radio Mitrovica sever)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 21, 2024

By   2 days ago

Albanian Language Media:

Osmani: Every success of Kosovo also bears seal of USA (media)
Kurti meets Chulick, discuss the north and Presheva Valley (media)
U.S. Under Secretary of State: We are deeply committed to security of northern Kosovo (Klan)
Kusari-Lila: EU draft for Association is unacceptable for Kosovo (Koha)
Police close six units of Postal Savings Bank in the north (Koha)
Svecla after closure of Savings Bank units in the north: Rule of law and order, our goal (Koha)
1.6 million euros and over 74 million dinars confiscated in branches of Postal Savings Bank (Koha)
RTK held public debate with journalists and civil society of Serb community (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

Postal Savings Bank offices, Treasury Management Office closed in northern Kosovo (Tanjug, Kosovo Online, KoSSev, media)
Reactions to Postal Savings Bank offices closure (N1, Tanjug, Kosovo Online, media)
EULEX on Kosovo police action: We were not informed in advance (Kosovo Online)
Vucic arrives in New York (Tanjug)
Vucic extends condolences to Iran over Raisi’s death (Tanjug)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 20, 2024

By   3 days ago

Albanian Language Media:
• U.S. Under Secretary Allen meets Kurti (media)
• U.S. Under Secretary meets Osmani during Kosovo visit (media)
• Hovenier hails agreement on countering foreign information manipulation (media)
• Lajcak ready to host another meeting if parties willing to reach agreement (media)
• Kurti: Our govt is eliminating discriminatory criteria for social assistance (media)
• New contingent of Croatian army to join KFOR (media)

Serbian Language Media:
• Public discussion today on the report of RTK’s work, Rakocevic: Evident enormous pressures (Kosovo Online)
• On Patrol with Turkish KFOR soldiers above Banjska (Kosovo Online)
• Dacic: Only votes for and against are counted when adopting the resolution on Srebrenica (FoNet, TV Prva, N1)
• Andric Rakic: Everyone is ready for elections except Kurti, who is unwilling to resign (Kosovo Online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 17, 2024

By   6 days ago

Albanian Language Media:

Scholz, Macron and Meloni letter to Kurti: We support Lajcak’s draft (media)
Stano: We cannot assess Association draft, without knowing content (RFE)
Presidency: Government’s letter sent to CoE, without consultation with Osmani (RTK)
Knaus: European trio’s letter was sent before Kosovo government’s letter (RTK)
President Osmani met ambassadors of U.S., Germany and UK (ekonomia)
Prime Minister Kurti met with Prime Minister of Montenegro (ekonomia)
U.S. Ambassador to NATO: Issue of four Alliance countries that do not recognize Kosovo, must be addressed (Reporteri)
Abdixhiku on Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ letter: Spectacular failure, international shame (media)

Serbian Language Media:

Vucic, O’Brien discuss situation in region, Kosovo (Tanjug)
Civil Society Report on Human Rights in Kosovo in 2023 presented (Radio KIM, social media)
Andric Rakic: Kosovo must submit draft CSM statute prepared by EU to Constitutional Court (Kosovo Online)
Mijacic: Any advice to Pristina at expense of existing EU demands won’t lead Kosovo to CoE (KoSSev)
Stano: Content of CSM draft statute proposed by Kosovo government unknown, it was discussed neither with EU nor Serbia (Kosovo Online)
War crimes indictments raised against two Serbs (Radio KIM)
203 requests to switch Serbian to Kosovo driver’s licenses submitted thus far (KoSSev)
Djuric to visit Hungary Friday (media)

International:

Western Balkan Leaders See EU Development Plan For Region As Sign Of Bloc’s Commitment (RFE)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 16, 2024

By   7 days ago

Albanian Language Media:
• Another failed meeting between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels (media)
• Kurti travels to Montenegro for Western Balkans – EU leaders’ summit (media)
• Hamza: PDK will vote in favor of international agreements (Nacionale)
• Haliti does not rule out a coalition between Vetevendosje and PDK (KTV)
• Abdixhiku calls on Kurti to resign: Set the date for new elections (Kosovapress)
• Haziri: For dissolution of Assembly, Vetevendosje has the LDK votes (media)
• Kurti open EXPOKOS 2024 in Pristina, “let’s explore new partnerships” (media)
• Reactions to graffiti painted on walls of orthodox church near Peja (media)
• Kosovo leaders react to assassination attempt on Slovak PM (media)

Serbian Language Media:
• Stano and Lajcak: No willingness of Belgrade and Pristina to find a compromise agreement (NMagazin, Beta, media)
• Petkovic: Pristina rejected all six of our proposals, we will not give up (Tanjug, media)
• UNS protest due to the lack of translation at the Svecla’s and Hoxha conference (KiM radio, KoSSev)
• Protest of drama artists in Serbia due to the ban on entry to Kosovo of actor Nenad Jezdic (KiM radio)
• Vucic shocked by Fico assassination attempt (Tanjug)
• Vucevic met Russian ambassador to Belgrade; Azerbaijani Ambassador (Tanjug)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 15, 2024

By   1 week ago

Albanian Language Media:

Kosovo Police seize large weapons cache in north (media)
Kosovo, Serbia negotiators to meet in Brussels today on Serbian Dinar (media)
Quint, EU concerned over Kosovo govt decision not to allow Porfirije visit (media)
EU reacts to ban on Porfirije’s visit: Violation of 2014 agreement (Koha)
UNMIK chief closely following denial of Patriarch’s entry to Kosovo (Albanian Post)
LDK calls for Kurti’s resignation before early parliamentary elections (media)
Svecla: Regional cooperation resulted with closure of 35 illegal routes (Koha)
Osmani says “Serbia is helping Russia open a new front against West” (media)
Rrustemi: Vetevendosje ready for early elections; will over 51 percent (Dukagjini)
Ahmeti: CoE is being used to pressure Kosovo to accept Lajcak’s draft (media)
Kurti: Made in Kosova platform represents Kosovo’s potential (media)
Turkish KFOR units conduct crowd riot control training at Camp Bondsteel (media)

Serbian Language Media:

During transition period without solution for dinar, uncertainty and anxiety of citizens increasing (Kosovo Online)
UNMIK carefully follows SOC Patriarch’s entry denial (Nova, Blic, RTV, Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
SOC Assembly: Ban on Patriarch, as if Pope is banned from going to Vatican, and Pristina wants to join Council of Europe (KoSsev, media)
Sentic on Patriarch’s entry ban: Decision-makers should carefully consider consequences of their actions (Kosovo Online)
Svecla and Hoxha in a conference in Mitrovica North without translation into Serbian language provided, journalists react (KoSSev)
Serbian List on entry ban to theater play The Book of Milutin crew: How far madness of Pristina will go? (Rad

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 14, 2024

By   1 week ago

Albanian Language Media:

Kurti: We must discuss with all parties about date of elections (media)
Krasniqi after meeting with Kurti: Kosovo is in agony, elections are necessity not desire (Koha)
Scholz reminds Vucic of importance of implementing Ohrid Agreement (media)
U.S. Undersecretary of State to visit Kosovo, will meet Osmani and Kurti (media)
Bislimi begins his visit to Hungary, meets head of Committee for Foreign Affairs (media)
French Embassy: Uncoordinated implementation of CBK regulation presents difficulties (Klan)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejects Serbian patriarch’s request to visit Kosovo (RTK)
Two Russians detained in north Kosovo, sentenced and deported (Koha)
Haradinaj: AAK supports dissolution of parliament only if Kurti resigns or is dismissed (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

Pristina authorities banned Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch from entering Kosovo (Tanjug, media)
Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Porfirije react to Pristina’s ban (media, social media)
Reactions to decision of Pristina authorities to ban Serbian Patriarch Porfirije from entering Kosovo (media, social media)
Lajcak: Solution to dinar issue in Kosovo can be reached with compromise from both sides (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
Vucic meets with Kuleba (Tanjug, media)
Vucic receives letter of gratitude from Xi (media)
Vucic: I am heading to New York to respond to those wishing to accuse Serbia (Tanjug, media)
After switching to Kosovo driver’s license, hole is punched in Serbian one, 77 requests for replacement submitted so far (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 13, 2024

By   1 week ago

Albanian Language Media:
• Kurti invites opposition leaders to a meeting today (media)
• Chief negotiators to meet this week on the Serbian Dinar in Kosovo (media)
• One month detention for Serb suspected of hooliganism in north (RFE)
• Osmani visits Texas Guard; expresses deep gratitude for U.S. Army (media)
• Kurti: Presevo Valley Albanians have unwavering support of Kosovo govt (media)
• Quni: Serbia, Russia can repeat Banjska to create political disadvantages (KTV)
• “The discrimination of Albanians in Gracanica” (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:
• Serbian Finance Minister: EU our most significant partner, China an opportunity not to be missed (N1, Beta)
• The dinar: Media announced punitive measures as transition period “ends”, CBK silent, KP has no orders (KoSSev)
• Svecla with kayakers rowed from Radoicic’s pontoon on Lake Gazivode (KoSSev)
• Krivokapic: Slobodan Miletic has been detained for one month (Kosovo Online)
• Office for KiM: S. M. detained as a victim of betrayed and empty promises of the international community (Kosovo Online, Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Editor of Vreme: Vucic and Thaci could have reached an agreement (N1)
International Media:
• North Macedonia’s First Female President Sworn In, Declines To Use ‘North’ (RFE)
• Greece reacts to North Macedonian president’s swearing-in speech (ekathimerini.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 10, 2024

By   2 weeks ago

Albanian Language Media:
• Kurti on Europe Day: Kosovo should join EU to contribute even more (media)
• Kastrati: Kosovo expected to have 1.5 million residents (KTV)
• Rohde: Kurti was aware of our positions on the Association (media)
• Reuten: Kosovo deserves to become a member of the Council of Europe (media)
• UK Ambassador to OSCE calls for establishment of Association (Klan)
• Knaus: The text is next week. Will Germany fail it? (media)
• Serwer: Farewell to failure (media)

Serbian Language Media:
• Europe Day marked in Belgrade (Tanjug, media)
• Serbia marks WWII Victory Day (Tanjug)
• Lajcak met Guterres, discussed situation in Western Balkans (Kosovo Online, social media)
• Djuric: Strengthening ties with US among Serbia’s foreign policy priorities (media)
• Djuric thanks his Cypriot counterpart for consistent stance on Kosovo (Kosovo Online, media)
• Brnabic: Xi’s visit additional impetus to relations with China (media)
• FSS: Serbia and Albania jointly applied to host European Championship for junior football players (Kosovo Online, B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 9, 2024

By   2 weeks ago

Albanian Language Media:
• Escobar: There are concerns Kosovo might not have votes for CoE (RFE)
• Italy: Only sending draft to court includes Kosovo on Committee’ agenda (Express)
• Association – an obstacle on Kosovo’s path toward CoE (Radio Free Europe)
• O’Brien, Escobar and Lajcak coordinate strategies for Kosovo and Serbia (Koha)
• Osmani: Kosovo, success story of values of freedom and democracy nurtured by U.S. (media)
• Osmani meets Bush, “staunch champion of Kosovo” (media)
• Online platform for communities inaugurated (media)
• Kurti: Reducing administrative burden, important step for all citizens to have equal opportunities to benefit from government services (media)

Serbian Language Media:
• Italian ambassador: Not the time for Kosovo to join the Council of Europe; the A/CSM is condition (N1, Tanjug)
• O’Brien, Escobar and Lajcak: USA supports dialogue leading to productive relations (Kosovo Online)
• Switching to Kosovo driver’s licenses: Additional costs, Serbian health certificate unacceptable (N1, KoSSev)
• Vucic: China to back Serbia on all issues raised in UN (Tanjug)
• Vucic, Xi sign joint statement, 28 agreements on cooperation exchanged (Tanjug, media)
International Media:

• Gabriel Escobar Unveils The Message Miroslav Lajcak Will Convey To Belgrade And Pristina From Foggy Bottom (thepavlovictoday.com)
• Kosovo PM Hits Out At ‘Conditions’ To Join European Rights Body (barrons.com)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 22, 2024

    By   10 hours ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Central Bank: Activity of financial institutions without licenses is illegal (media)
    • Haxhiu: Actions in north for sovereignty, internationals should support us (Zeri)
    • NATO PA to discuss Kosovo’s status as associate member (media)
    • Pacolli: We’re waiting for opposition to coordinate on elections date (EO)
    • Two PDK MPs don’t rule out coalition with Vetevendosje (Indeksonline)
    • Musliu-Shoshi: We asked for Assembly dissolution, but AAK, LDK against it (EO)
    • Tahiri: AAK doesn’t support dissolution of Assembly (Gazeta Metro)
    • PDK met Haradinaj to convince him on Assembly dissolution (Albanian Post)
    • Escobar: Kosovo has had a better relationship with U.S. in the past (media)
    • Kosovo institutional, political leaders commemorate Dubrava Massacre (media)
    • Osmani congratulates Montenegro on Independence Day (media)
    • NGO calls for menstrual products to be exempt from customs tariffs (media)
    • Rama, Cameron discuss “strategic project for Albania and Kosovo” (Indeksonline)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • State Department for KoSSev: Pristina to return to dialogue, actions undermine the perception of good faith in resolving open issues (N1, NMagazin)
    • Petkovic’s letter to Lajcak: Report credibly to the EU about the destabilizing actions of Pristina (RTV, Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
    • A call to NATO Parliamentary Assembly not to accept Kosovo as an associate member (KiM radio, N1, KoSSev)
    • Miscevic: EU accepts new members under geopolitical pressure (Beta, N1)
    • Grenell: While we are calling on Serbia to get closer to the West, Kosovo is moving away (Danas, Kosovo Online)
    • Besiri: Serbian institutions in Kosovo that provide services to citizens cannot be a threat to peace (Kosovo Online, KiM radio)

    Opinion:

    • More bad epilogues from Kosovo: 0:3 loss for the home team (KoSSev)
    • UN Srebrenica resolution will cause further division in the Balkans (politico.eu)

    International:

    • Srebrenica Survivors Await UN Vote as Serbs Slam Genocide Resolution (BIRN)
    • Serbian Officials Launch Video Campaign Against UN Srebrenica Resolution (BIRN)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 21, 2024

    By   1 day ago

    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 21, 2024

    Albanian Language Media:

    U.S. strongly criticizes closure of Serbian bank branches in Kosovo north (media)
    UK: We’re concerned yesterday’s police actions risk escalating tensions (media)
    EU spokesperson statement on police operation in Kosovo north (media)
    Murati: Every action based on legality (media)
    “Law enforcement institutions don’t have to coordinate over legal rights” (media)
    Kusari-Lila: EU draft on Association is unacceptable for Kosovo (KTV)
    Joseph: Kosovo must establish Association of Serb-majority municipalities (RTK)
    Kurti on Sekiraqa’s escape: A scandal of judiciary, reforms are urgent (media)
    Anusic: Our forces are in Kosovo to protect peace (media)
    Bulgaria to send 100 soldiers to KFOR mission today (media)
    Shabiu slams government for “hate discourse” against media, civil society (KTV)
    Sandulovic: Radoicic, criminal wanted by Interpol, walking freely in Serbia (media)

    Serbian Language Media: 

    Stano: The raid of the Pristina police in the north of Kosovo – a move that hinders a lot (N1, Beta)
    Dacic: Kurti puts his “foot in the door”, thus makes steps against the Serbs (KiM radio, Beta, TV Pink)
    Arsenijevic says Serbs under absolute sanctions from Pristina, following closure of Postal Savings Bank (KoSSev, social media)
    Sljuka: Closure of Postal Savings Bank branches is another threat to Serbian community in Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
    New DSS: An attack on Postal Savings Bank is an attack on Serbia (BETA)
    Fatherland: A routine agreement, four days ago Belgrade ordered termination of dinar transactions in Postal Savings Banks (KoSSev)
    Postal Savings Bank: Despite raids on branches, funds in accounts of all clients are safe (Kosovo Online)
    Nastic: German Government must condemn Kurti’s actions, not reward them with membership to CoE (Kosovo Online)
    Vuckovic: It’s time to set ourselves free from our lack of freedom, that’s the only cure (KoSSev)
    Kosovo police says large amount of money seized, Petkovic – no dinars (N1, KoSSev)
    Serbian school in Gojbulja stoned again; Reaction of the Office for KiM (Kosovo Online)
    Mrdalj: Kurti seeks physical conflict, which is where his strength lies, while Serbia fails to leverage its advantages (KoSSev)

    Opinion:

    Serbia’s Lies About UN Srebrenica Resolution are All About Power (BIRN)

    International:

    Kosovo Closes Six Serbia-Run Bank Offices in North (Prishtina Insight)
    NZZ: Kurti is no longer trusted (DW)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 20, 2024

    By   2 days ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Osmani and Kurti host Qatar’s Minister for Social Development (media)
    • U.S. official Nicole Chulick visiting Kosovo (Klan)
    • Hovenier on reasons for the visit of U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary (Klan)
    • Kusari-Lila: No official request to dissolve the Assembly (media)
    • Tahiri: May 30 is last date to dissolve the Assembly (Indeksonline)
    • AAK’s Tahiri: Government resignation, not Assembly dissolution (media)
    • Kosovo government approves agreement with Denmark, Danes will serve their sentences in Gjilan prison (ekonomia)
    • LVV MP: With liberalization of visas, we have put an end to isolation (ekonomia)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Jevtic: I informed Theodoros Roussopoulos about institutional violence against Serbs in Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
    • Mijacic on Kosovo membership in CoE (media, social media)
    • Vucevic welcomes Gabonese PM in Belgrade (Tanjug, RTS)
    • Vucevic: Gabon will not vote for the resolution on Srebrenica (RTS)
    • Court in Pristina refuses to commute detention measure of Sladjan Trajkovic (RTS)

    International:

    • Kosovo Must Learn from Croatia’s Mistakes in War Crimes Trials in Absentia (Balkan Insight)
    • Vucic: “I am going to New York to fight for Serbia” (sarajevotimes.com)
    • EU Policy. Commissioner touts imminent agreement with Serbia on raw materials (euronews.com)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 17, 2024

    By   5 days ago

    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 17, 2024

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Baerbock another call to achieve required majority for Kosovo at CoE (media)
    • French Minister: Kosovo issue can cause division at Council of Europe (media)
    • Hasani: Kosovo government should act swiftly to meet its commitments (media)
    • Hoxhaj: Failure to admit Kosovo would only benefit Russia and Serbia (media)
    • Knaus: It would be fatal to ignore Ahtisaari formula for peace (media)
    • Escobar: We should’ve insisted more on implementation of Association (media)
    • Forde: EU-facilitated dialogue and CoE membership are linked (Albanian Post)
    • E-Municipalities launched; Kurti: Citizens are active part of decision-making (Klan)
    • Hovenier: We stand together against any form of violence or hate speech against LGBTQI+ (media)
    • Bislimi, Gjeloshaj discuss ways to further Kosovo-Montenegro relations (media)
    • Kurti remembers Ukshin Hoti, “perpetrators remain unpunished” (media)
    • Challenges and responsibilities of Serbian media in Kosovo (Telegrafi)

    Serbian Language Media: 

    • No CoE Committee of Ministers debate on Pristina’s membership bid (Tanjug, media)
    • Vucic on Kosovo and CoE: It won’t be easy for them, now they’re trying another trick (Kosovo Online)
    • Vogel on letter to CoE: Kosovo Government initiative “a political theater” (Kosovo Online)
    • Djuric meets with Allen (media)
    • Allen: We won’t tell Serbia how to conduct its foreign policy; partnership with the U.S. is more important (Kosovo Online, RTS)
    • Trial of Sladjan Trajkovic continues: Different statements of witness (Radio KIM)
    • Vucic: UNGA resolution seeks punishment for entire Serbian nation (Tanjug)

    Opinion:

    • The Escobar Case: A Case Study of How Disinformation Is Created Through the Misuse of Real Events and Data (KoSSev)

    International:

    • U.S. Ambassador To NATO Calls On Western Balkan Countries To Increase Defense Spending (RFE)
    • ‘Here You’re Nobody’: Kosovo Cannes Film Candidate Explores Lure of Migration (BIRN)

     

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 16, 2024

    By   6 days ago

    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 16, 2024

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Gervalla: Government to send draft statute to court before end of May (media)
    • Govt: Ready to implement Association, if internationals accept our offer (media)
    • Gervalla: Letter to Council of Europe, a serious commitment (media)
    • German Embassy: Draft should be sent to court before ministers meet (Kallxo)
    • Position of U.S. on Association remains unchanged (Klan)
    • Knaus, Martens on Kosovo’s move to prepare draft statute for Association (media)
    • LDK says Gervalla’s letter on Association politically and tactically wrong (media)
    • Musliu-Shoshi: Propaganda and deception do not work with CoE countries (media)
    • Haradinaj: Kosovo is late with draft statute, doesn’t produce right effect (media)
    • O’Brien: Fulfilling its potential, vital for Western Balkans (RTK)
    • Kurti: We expect mutual recognition from all countries of region (media)
    • Hovenier thanks Escobar for his tireless commitment to dialogue (Koha)

    Serbian Language Media: 

    • Vucic: Letter to CoE with promises about CSM – new Pristina’s trick (Kosovo Online)
    • Petkovic: The Statute of the CSM is negotiated and adopted in a high-level dialogue (KiM radio)
    • Because of CSM draft statute Pristina was late for CoE, yet it will send to Constitutional Court its own draft, not the one prepared by EU (KoSSev)
    • Mijacic: Decision on Kosovo admission to CoE is made by member states, Gervalla wrote to PACE which has nothing to do with it any longer (Kosovo Online, social media)
    • The Western Balkans six, the EU and the USA representatives today in Kotor on the Growth Plan for the region (Danas, Beta, media)
    • Vucic: I believe that with EU membership we can achieve important results (RTS, Radio Mitrovica sever)
    • Rights of Serbs in Kosovo only on paper: Who and why is bothered by the Serbian flag? (Kosovo Online)

    Opinion:

    • Orban will sacrifice Kosovo to keep Serbian ally sweet (BIRN)

    International:

    • BIRN Journalists Awarded for Exposing Public Broadcaster’s Gender Discrimination in Top Job Recruitments (Prishtina Insight)
    • From Bosnia to Ukraine: How a Serb Sportsman Became a Russian Fighter (BIRN)
    • Trump Son-in-Law’s Company to Renovate Serbia’s NATO-Struck Army HQ (BIRN)

     

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 15, 2024

    By   1 week ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Kurti on elections: Opposition must be ready, we are always ready (media)
    • Kurti meets coalition partner, discuss developments and elections (media)
    • Muhaxheri: PDK and VV have agreed on date of new elections (media)
    • Osmani speaks with Steinmeier on Kosovo’s membership in CoE (media)
    • Knaus: There is still a good way for Kosovo to join CoE soon (media)
    • Civil society’s open letter to CoE in support of Kosovo’s membership bid (media)
    • Damka: Conditioning CoE membership unfair to communities too (RTK)
    • Malcolm criticizes EU for stalemate in Pristina-Belgrade dialogue (VoA)
    • COMKFOR: Security stable but fragile, ready to respond to any challenge (media)
    • Maqedonci to meet British Armed Forces Minister Docherty (media)
    • Specialist Chambers: Kilaj released in Kosovo under strict conditions (media)
    • Osmani meets “thriving diaspora” in Copenhagen (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Trilateral meeting in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue underway in Brussels (Tanjug, media)
    • Vucic meets Allen, says US should step up engagement to help preserve regional stability (Tanjug, media)
    • The census ending, and the enumerators did not knock on the doors of the citizens of North Mitrovica (KoSSev, N1)
    • Raska-Prizren Diocese: Serbian Orthodox church near Pec desecrated (media, social media)
    • Gervalla in Leposavic about the “beauty of the Republic of Kosovo” and the region’s “brutal decade-long backwardness” (KoSSev)
    • Kosovo authorities bar ‘The Book of Milutin’ crew from entering Kosovo, a move actor condemns as primitive (KoSSev)
    • Protest by journalists, cameramen of newsrooms in Serbian language due to the eviction of “Jedinstvo” from its premises (Radio Mitrovica sever, RTS, Kosovo Online, KiM radio)
    • UN General Assembly sets date for Srebrenica resolution vote (N1)

    International:

    • Former Officer Detained As Police Seize Weapons Cache In Northern Kosovo (RFE)
    • Kosovo Remembers Village Massacres as PM Urges More War Crime Probes (BIRN)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 14, 2024

    By   1 week ago

    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 14, 2024

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Osmani to participate in Copenhagen Democracy Summit (media)
    • Lajcak optimistic that agreement on dinar can be reached (media)
    • Sources: PDK proposed dissolution of Assembly next week (Indeksonline)
    • Tahiri: Assembly dissolution only after Kurti’s dismissal or resignation (Koha)
    • Krasniqi slams conditioning of CoE membership with Association (media)
    • Weber: Kosovo won’t be included in agenda to avoid failed vote (Sinjali)
    • Gervalla: Serbia against EU-proposed agreement, wants only Association (media)
    • Bislimi speaks of importance of Kosovo’s membership in CoE (media)
    • Reuten reacts to Vahelyi: Serbian President destabilizes the region (media)
    • Lajcak “insightful and inspiring meeting” with Finnish President (media)

    Serbian Language Media: 

    • Quint and EU statement on Kosovo Government May 13 decision not to allow entry of Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch and accompanying clergy (media, social media)
    • Stano: Pristina violated the Agreement on official visits by banning the Patriarch of the SOC to enter (Kosovo Online)
    • The Mesihat of the Islamic Community of Serbia condemned Pristina’s decision (KiM radio, Blic)
    • Office for KiM: Transport of Zvezdara Theater equipment to Kosovo forbidden (KiM radio, N1, RTS, Kosovo Online)
    • Zvezdara Theater: Crew of theater play The Book of Milutin banned from entering Kosovo (Tanjug, KoSSev, Kosovo Online)
    • Vucic: Pristina’s moves, Srebrenica draft resolution not contributing to regional stability (Tanjug)
    • Varhelyi: I hope for Serbia’s membership in EU by 2029 (Beta, N1)
    • Indictment raised against Goran Rakic for not reporting incomes while being a minister (N1, KoSSev)
    • Andric-Rakic: Until there is agreement on how people will receive money from Serbia, it is irrational to start with punitive measures (Kosovo Online)
    • Tutin: Unknown assailants shot at police officers in the Ground Security Zone (Tanjug)
    • Olena Zelenska thanked Serbia for its support to Ukraine (RTS, media)

    International:

    • Kosovo Nears the End of a Challenged Census Process (Prishtina Insight)
    • Political Attacks, Misogynistic Insults Continue to Pollute Balkan Online Space (Balkan Insight)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 13, 2024

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Kurti: CBK regulation aims at legality, not punishment (RTK)
    • Kosovo, Serbia to discuss Serbian Dinar in Brussels on Wednesday (Telegrafi)
    • Kosovo off the agenda at meeting of CoE Committee of Ministers (Koha)
    • Statistics Agency: Over 1,420,000 persons registered in census so far (EO)
    • Heads of opposition parliamentary groups also refuse Kurti’s invitation (media)
    • Svecla and Tomlinson discuss intensifying cooperation on border security (media)
    • Osmani commemorates Korisha massacre: Serbia wanted extermination (Koha)
    • Zimmerman: Kosovo can be accepted in CoE as associate member (Albanian Post)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic: I informed Scholz about the almost unbearable situation for the Serbian community in Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
    • Ukraine’s first lady pays visit to Belgrade (N1, Tanjug)
    • Lawyer: Slobodan Miletic did not take part in clash in Zvecan, was standing next to church, watching what was going on (KoSSev)
    • Petkovic meets with Quint ambassadors, EU delegation head (Tanjug)
    • Komazec: Jedinstvo newspaper expelled for second time, threatened by forced eviction (Kosovo Online, media)
    • SPM formed Municipal Committee, opened office in Zubin Potok (Radio KIM)
    • Pristina’s admission to the CoE opens numerous questions: Is Serbia ready for thousands of lawsuits from Kosovo (NIN)

    International:

    • Fresh start for Belgrade-Pristina after the elections? (Euractive)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 10, 2024

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 10, 2024

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Kurti: Albanians of the Valley have their unwavering support (media)
    • Kurti: All evidence of crimes committed during war is being collected (RTK)
    • Lajcak meets with DiCarlo, discuss the Western Balkans (ekonomia)
    • EC: Progress in dialogue, condition for financial benefits for Kosovo and Serbia (media)
    • Rohde urges Kosovo to take bold decision: the agenda in CoE can change (Koha)
    • Osmani in Texas visits the ‘Bell’ helicopter company (RTK)
    • Kosovo inaugurates General Consulate in Poland (media)
    • Conversion of illegal driver’s license to RKS, Italy congratulates Kosovo (Koha)
    • Biserko: Serbia “Trojan Horse” of Russia and China in Europe (Albanian Post)

    Serbian Language Media: 

    • EU: Serbia and Kosovo risk missing out on funds from the Growth Plan due to lack of dialogue (RFE, KiM radio)
    • Joint statement of presidents Vucic and Xi: Objecting imposition of solution on Kosovo issue and call for compliance with Resolution 1244 (Kosovo Online, Novosti)
    • Djuric: Awarding Kosovo membership in Council of Europe would be an international scandal (Kosovo Online, euronews.rs)
    • Serbian List: Displaying and posting national symbols is an internationally recognized right, even according to the Kosovo constitution (Radio Mitrovica sever)
    • Novosti daily on new incriminating video in Leposavic municipality (Kosovo Online)
    • Two Serbs arrested at Jarinje crossing point (KoSSev)
    • RCC: The Western Balkans citizens’ support for EU membership has declined significantly (Beta, KiM radio)
    • KFOR gets new Chief of Staff (N1)
    • Vucic receives UAE defense minister (Tanjug)
    • Djuric meets ambassador of Mexico, expresses gratitude for support on Kosovo issue (Kosovo Online)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 9, 2024

    By   2 weeks ago

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Osmani congratulates first woman president of RNM: I am looking forward to deepening cooperation (RTK)
    • Gervalla: Kosovo supports Ukraine unconditionally, even though it does not recognize us (Albanian Post)
    • Kosovo not on next week’s agenda of Council of Ministers (Koha)
    • Belgian presidency in favor of lifting measures against Kosovo (media)
    • Basha: Europe committed to keeping Kosovo out due to lack of favors to Serbia (Reporteri)
    • Serwer: The U.S. should reevaluate its policy towards Serbia (RTK)
    • Hoti: When Kosovo coordinates with its allies, it becomes member, it is not conditioned (media)
    • Hoxhaj: Kosovo without a single recognition in four years (media)
    • Haxhiu: Kurti divided Albanians in North Macedonia, unified Macedonians around VMRO (ekonomia)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Hasani: The French and the Germans conditioned Kosovo because of distrust towards Kurti (KiM radio, KoSSev, Beta)
    • Press Council of Kosovo rejected the UNS appeal regarding the RTK’s repeated fake news (Kontakt plus radio, KiM radio, Kosovo Online)
    • Giafreut: Focus on expansion (N1, RTS)
    • Blakaj on European of the Year award – Confirmation that we are doing right (Radio KIM)
    • Vitia with the managers of the health sector in the North, appointed in the Kosovo system (KoSSev)
    • Vucic congratulates new North Macedonian President on election win (Tanjug)
    • Mali: Xi’s visit opens new chapter of cooperation and Serbia’s economic growth (Tanjug, media)

    International:

    • Russian Hackers Accused of Cyberattacks on Kosovo Government Websites (Prishtina Insight)
    • North Macedonia’s Right-Wing Nationalists Win Both Presidential And Parliamentary Polls (RFE)

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