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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 19, 2024

By   2 days ago

Albanian Language Media:

Lajcak: Efforts for a solution continue next week (RTK)
Bislimi: useless meeting, without result – Serbia not interested in solution for Serb citizens (Reporteri)
Kurti: Our success is unbearable for Serbia (RTK)
Osmani: It is clear where responsibility for blocking free movement should be sought (RTK)
Department of State: Detentions of Kosovo citizens and policemen, escalating actions (RFE)
Gervalla and Hovenier talk about latest developments (RTK)
Barbano: EULEX concerned about detention of deputy director of Kosovo Police in Serbia (Kallxo)
Serbia releases Kosovo Police deputy director (Reporteri)
Maqedonci: Tensions continue, Serbia to test kamikaze drones on border with Kosovo (media)
Diplomatic representatives of several CoE member states congratulate Osmani (media)
Kurti meets deputy mayors of North Mitrovica, Zvecan and Leposaviq (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

Guterres: Increased tensions between Belgrade and Pristina, concern over regulation on payment transactions (RTS, Tanjug)
Petkovic: Belgrade has done all to find solution for dinar, Pristina does not want solution (Tanjug)
Lajcak: Chief negotiators to meet again next week (N1)
Petkovic: Kurti the sole factor of instability (Radio KIM, media)
KFOR Commander invited to Serbian Armed Forces exercise (N1)
State Department calls upon Serbia to restrain from unilateral and uncoordinated acts (N1, RFE, Radio KIM, Kosovo Online)
Barbano: EULEX concerned over detention of Jankovic (Kosovo Online, social media)
Serbian List on vehicle arson case in the north: No reactions from responsible bodies and international organizations (Radio KIM)
Moscow: Voting for membership of Pristina in CoE a shame (Kosovo Online)
Vucic, PM of Commonwealth of Dominica discuss development of bilateral ties (Tanjug)
CEC ensured alternative locations for mayoral recall vote (Kosovo Online)

International Media: 

Serbian military drill ramps up as relations with Kosovo deteriorate (euronews)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 18, 2024

By   3 days ago

Albanian Language Media:

EU: Serbia violated agreement on freedom of movement (media)
Kurti: One day after PACE vote, Serbia retaliates against Kosovo civilians (media)
Osmani says Vucic responsible for Kosovars “held hostage” at border crossings (media)
Bislimi and Petkovic to meet in Brussels, after hold up of Kosovars in Serbia (media)
Kurti: Serbia has a problem with the fact that we exist as people and as state (RTK)
Gervalla: Vucic is carrying out threats after vote for Kosovo’s membership at CoE (RTK)
Bislimi informs Lajcak about “hundreds of Kosovars held hostage by Serbia” (media)
MIA: Serbia is keeping detained the Deputy Director of Police and 4 police officers (RTK)
AmCham expresses deep concern over Serbia blocking Kosovo buses (media)
Kamberi: Serbia with repressive measures against Albanians in Presevo Valley (media)
Ahmeti on Association: It must be addressed after membership in CoE (RTK)
Haxhiu welcomes arrest of leader of group that blackmailed women and girls (media)

Serbian Language Media:

Serbian MIA: Unfounded claims about detention of buses at the borders (RTS, media)
Stano: Avoid actions that may endanger safety (KiM radio, Danas, FoNet)
PKS: We will not participate in the referendum if it takes place violently (KiM radio, KoSSev)
The principals of most schools in the north of Kosovo refused to allow the vote to be held in the schools (Tanjug, media)
Serbian police arrest senior Kosovo Police official (N1, KoSSev, KiM radio)
KFOR on the British Telegraph writing: We do not speculate on any hypothetical scenarios (KoSSev)
The N. Macedonia government to reconsider its participation in the Open Balkans, due to new information on Banjska (KiM radio, Beta)

International Media: 

Kosovo says 10 of its police officers detained in Serbia (Reuters)
Serbia angry after Kosovo gets closer to joining Council of Europe (euronews)
Kosovo Calls on Citizens to Avoid Serbia Travel Amid Reported Border Blockage (Prishtina Insight)
“Blood Awaits Justice”: Kosovo Man Recalls Finding 53 Massacred Family Members (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 17, 2024

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Albanian Language Media:
• PACE recommends Kosovo to be invited to become member of CoE (media)
• Kurti optimistic about Kosovo’s membership at Council of Europe in May (media)
• Haxhiu: Maximal punishments for killers; hate speech in social media to be monitored (EO)
• Osmani meets Svecla, Haxhiu and Hoxha on latest killings of two women (media)
• Osmani declares Wednesday day of mourning (media)
• Reactions continue after killing of woman in Peja (media)
• Fotovat: Men to be involved in discussions for protection of women in Kosovo (RFE)

Serbian Language Media:
• PACE adopts opinion on Kosovo application to CoE (N1, media)
• Dacic: A day of shame at Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Kosovo Online)
• Miroslav Aleksic: Admission of Kosovo to CoE consequence of disastrous policy (N1, RTV)
• Brnabic: Maneuvering space in CoE small but truth and justice on our side (Tanjug, media)
• Lajcak: Next steps in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue discussed with Vucic in Mostar (Tanjug, media)
• Serbian List: Kurti continues with repression, denies right to medical treatment for Serbs (Kosovo Online, media)
• Serbian List meets Szunyog and Markovec: EU to act proactively and prevent escalation of situation carried out by Pristina (KoSSev, media)
• Vucic speaks with Aliyev about pressure on Serbia (media)
• UNMIK reacts to another femicide case in Kosovo (Kosovo Online, social media)
International Media:
• Vote Puts Kosovo One Step from Accession to Europe’s Chief Rights Body (Balkan Insight)
• After Another Femicide, Kosovo President Declares Day of Mourning (Balkan Insight)
• Elections and Reporting on Missing Girl Spur Digital Rights Violations Across Region (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 16, 2024

By   5 days ago

Albanian Language Media:

Kurti: Justice for victims and punishment of criminals is foundation of peace (RTK)
Slovenian President: We support you towards membership in the Council of Europe (RTK)
Begaj: It is Albania’s duty to be a good lawyer for Kosovo (RTK)
Gervalla: Giant step towards CoE membership, on Tuesday (RTK)
​​Zulfaj: Membership in CoE should not be linked to dialogue, we expect positive vote (Koha) 
Svecla meets EU official, raises concerns about Serbia’s successive public threats (Koha)
Settlement of disputes with Kosovo, condition for Serbia also in purchase of armaments (Koha)
Kosovo convenes Security Council: Serbia owns thousands of Iranian drones (Koha)
Palokaj: Italy proposed to introduce Association as condition for Kosovo’s membership in CoE (Koha)
MFA: Three Kosovars evacuated from Israel (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

Serbian delegation seeks postponement of Pristina’s CoE admission (Tanjug, KoSSev)
Pantic Pilja: Through amendments, we are trying to mitigate Opinion of Dora Bakoyannis (Kosovo Online)
Spain will not vote for Kosovo admission to Council of Europe (Kosovo Online, media)
PIK launched investigation into report from a Serb beaten up by Kosovo special police in Zubin Potok (KoSSev)
Bisevac on beating of Stevanovic: Citizens are afraid, result of it is that they are leaving (Radio KIM)
Vucic starts visit to BH on Air Serbia flight to Mostar (N1)

International Media: 

Hague Prosecution Demands 28 Years for Kosovo’s ‘Commander Wolf’ (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 15, 2024

By   6 days ago

Albanian Language Media:
• Kurti expects Kosovo to join Council of Europe in May (Gazeta Express)
• Knaus: Important week in Strasbourg for Kosovo at Council of Europe (media)
• Participants from 40 countries to attend Women, Peace, and Security Forum (Kallxo)
• Osmani: Traces of sexual violence of Serbian criminals weigh on lives of citizens (Koha)
• Kurti meets Oliphant, discuss strengthening Kosovo-Canada relations (media)
• Reactions to murder of 21-year-old woman in Ferizaj on Friday (media)
• Albanian American Civic League reacts to Vucic’s statement (media)
• Osmani condemns attack on Israel, “peace efforts must prevail” (media)
• Kurti condemns Iran attack on Israel, “world needs to prioritize ending hostilities” (media)

Serbian Language Media:
• Petkovic: Beatings, arrests of Serbs obvious values which Kosovo recommends for the CoE (Kosovo Online, Tanjug, X)
• Vucic: All violators of Serbia’s constitutional order will be prosecuted, arrested and tried (Kosovo Online)
• Kurti: “20,000 victims of sexual violence – part of the Serbian genocide”; Petkovic: Stop lying, the number 20 times smaller (KoSSev)
• Ethnic Serb, wounded during a 2021 special police action, arrested at Brnjak; Office for KiM: Sofronijevic’s arrest instigated by the US and the EU (KoSSev)
• SL: The arrest of Sofronijevic continues the terror against the Serbian people (Kosovo Online)
• The “Cuska” case verdicts to be announced at the end of the month (KoSSev)
• Spain against Kosovo’s accession to the Council of Europe (Kosovo Online, Blic, Tanjug)
• Dacic with Szijjártó: Hungary will vote against Kosovo’s membership in the Council of Europe

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 12, 2024

By   1 week ago

Albanian Language Media:

Kurti says he and Sarrazin talked about Berlin Process and importance of respecting agreements (Klan)
Osmani hosts Sarrazin, highlights importance of Council of Europe membership (media)
Sarrazin: Voting in north, a good opportunity for new momentum (Koha/Telegrafi)
Kurti meets Borg, thankful for OSCE’s continuous contribution (media)
Borg: Continuation of dialogue and implementation of agreements – key for regional security (media)
Osmani: NATO and KFOR have high credibility among Kosovo citizens (RTK)
Haziri: Kurti’s resignation, right way toward new general elections (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

Vucic on the Quint criticism of boycotting the vote on April 21: Shame on you (Kosovo Online)
Sarrazin says the referendum boycott call a difficult signal; Non-formation of the A/CSM does not lead to the EU; no hint of invasion plans (KoSSev, KiM radio)
Dacic met French special Western Balkans envoy (Tanjug)
Dacic thanks Ghana for supporting Serbia’s territorial integrity, sovereignty (RTS, Tanjug)
Kreni-Promeni movement: “We place in Belgrade posters of Vucic and Hill trading lithium and Kosovo, and call for a protest on April 13 in front of RTS” (Danas)
The KPK proposed temporary ”replacements” for three months in N.Mitrovica after the resignation of the Serbian prosecutors (Kosovo Online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 11, 2024

By   1 week ago

Albanian Language Media:

QUINT: Serbian List should reconsider its position on boycotting voting in the north (media)
Rohde: Serbian List should calculate the consequences of the boycott (RTK)
Svecla about incident: Time to place explosives has passed (media)
Serb who found explosive under car says it was a threatening message (Koha)
Kadiu: Serbia’s illegal passports violate Kosovo’s sovereignty (RTK)
Pahor confirms plans to replace Lajcak, has Golob’s support (Koha)
Next OSCE Chairman , to visit Kosovo today (RTK)
Former COMKFOR: Attack in Banjska was terrorist, institutions of Serbia were also involved (Klan)
Vucic met OSCE head: I emphasized consequences of violation of agreements by Kosovo and international community (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

CEC certified voters’ lists for mayoral recall vote in the north, almost 1.500 voters more compared to April 2023 local elections (KoSSev)
Marinkovic: Pristina would directly benefit from referendum boycott, there are no objective conditions on ground for census (KoSSev)
Gogic: If mayors in north remain in power, they will continue to act against interests of local population (Kosovo Online)
Dacic: Eleven years after Brussels deal, Pristina still refusing to form Community of Serb Municipalities (Tanjug)
Greece’s position on Kosovo remains unchanged – news report (Tanjug, ANA)
Vucic meets with Chinese minister of commerce (Tanjug, media)
MoD: Purchase of Rafale jets no violation of Serbia’s military neutrality (media)
Pahor Slovenia’s candidate for EUSR for Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (N1 Slovenia, N1 Belgrade)
KFOR helps Kosovo police remove IED (N1)

International Media: 

Kosovo Urged to Address Concerns About Census Amid Serb Boycott (Balkan Insight)
Kosovo Deplores European Parliament’s Vote to Provide Visa Free Travel to Serb Citizens with Serbian Passports (Prishtina Insight)
Kosovan police load up with weapons on the Serbian border as tensions rise (The Telegraph)
Serbia says it’s close to a deal to buy French-made fighter jets. That would be a shift from Russia (AP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 9, 2024

By   2 weeks ago

Albanian Language Media:

Kosovo govt call on Serbian List “not to pressure Serbs” for vote in north (RFE)
U.S. disappointed with calls to Serbs to boycott population census (RFE)
EU calls on Serbs to vote in elections in north and to register in census (Koha)
Lajcak: Kosovo, Serbia not ready for normalization (media)
Macron: France will make sure that Kosovo-Serbia agreement is fulfilled (media)
Haradinaj: Belgrade should give up instrumentalizing Kosovo Serbs (RTK)
Confusion among citizens following withdrawal of Serbian List from votes in the north (RFE)
CRD: Situation of lead-poisoned Roma communities in Mitrovica must be resolved (Nacionale)
Serbian Language Media:

Vucic with Macron: Pristina has done nothing, Community of Serb-majority Municipalities has not moved from a deadlock (Kosovo Online, media)
Vucic, Larcher discuss strengthening of bilateral ties (Tanjug, media)
Lajcak: New Belgrade-Pristina meeting on dinar issue to be held next week (Tanjug, media)
EU calls on Serbian List to change decision on mayoral recall vote (Radio KIM)
US Embassy in Pristina: We regret SL’s statement that they will withdraw from participation in mayoral recall vote (KoSSev)
Rohde: It is regrettable that Serbian List decided not to participate in voting, pressure on citizens in north (Kosovo Online)
Petkovic reacts to Rohde’s statement about Serbian List and mayoral recall vote (Kosovo Online, social media)
Serbian List: International representatives do not see Pristina’s unilateral acts violating rights of Serbs in Kosovo (Radio KIM, media)
Serbian Democracy does not support mayoral recall vote either (Radio KIM, Kosovo Online)
US disappointed with calls to Serbs to boycott population census (KoSSev, RFE)
International Media: 

Kosovo Serb Party to Boycott Vote to Dismiss ‘Unwanted’ Mayors (Balkan Insight)
Kosovo Starts Census as Serb Parties Call for Boycott (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 8, 2024

By   2 weeks ago

Albanian Language Media:

Kurti calls on European reps to support Kosovo at Council of Europe (media)
Serbian List won’t take part in vote to dismiss Albanian mayors in north (RFE)
Kosovo asks for explanations from EU about silence to Serbia’s violations (Dukagjini)
Krasniqi: When Serbia violates agreements, EU prefers not to go into details (media)
Stradner: Vucic is the one disrupting stability in the Balkans (Telegrafi)
Former Kosovo FM meets chief of Ukrainian Defence Intelligence (media)
Kosovo part of the European Geological Service (Kallxo)
Learta Hollaj appointed chief of staff for Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani (media)

Serbian Language Media:

Serbian List opposes referendum to recall mayors, blames Kurti (KoSSev, media)
UNS: Serbian List again selectively calling for press conferences (NMagazin, Beta, KoSSev)
PKS: The Serbian List admitted political defeat (KiM radio, KoSSev)
Kosovo seeks a chance to sue Serbia for war crimes by joining CoE (N1)
Blakaj: HLC has no information that Kosovo is preparing a lawsuit against Serbia for genocide (Kosovo Online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 5, 2024

By   2 weeks ago

Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani says the future of Kosovo is in NATO (media)
• Osmani meets Hovenier, talk about elections in the north and CoE (Klan)
• Lajcak: I plan to continue discussions for compromise on dinar issue (Klan)
• Bislimi: We agreed with EU proposal, Serbia asked for additional time (RTK)
• COMKFOR meets British emissary, discuss security in Kosovo (RTK)
• Kosovo authorities confiscate properties belonging to Milan Radoicic (media)
• Population census in Kosovo starts today (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:
• Lajcak: Some gaps bridged, discussions to be continued soon (Tanjug)
• Varhelyi, Vucic welcome approval of Growth Facility (N1)
• Vucic: Serbia strongly advocating cooperation, stability (Tanjug, media)
• Referendum on dismissal of mayors and hassles for voters outside of Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Party of Kosovo Serbs calls for boycotting census, says it comes at unfavorable moments for Serbs (KoSSev)
• Kosovo police confiscate Radoicic’s properties (N1, KoSSev)
• Serbian List: The home of Milan Radoicic’s children was unjustifiably seized (KoSSev, media)
• Forest fires in Osojane valley again, firefighters on the ground upon call from Radio Gorazdevac (Radio Gorazdevac, media)
International Media:
• Kosovo Seizes Property of Northern Serb Kingpin Radoicic (Balkan Insight)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 19 April, 2024

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Guterres condemns Banjska attack, calls for authors to face justice (Zeri)
    • Presidency confirms Osmani’s participation in the UNSC session (Klan)
    • Kurti: 2013 agreement violates Constitution of Kosovo (media)
    • Serbian army drills at border; Kurti: Serbia poses a threat to Kosovo (RTK)
    • Uglanin: Certain that April 21 vote will not be successful (media)
    • Zeqiri confident he won’t be dismissed: Serbs don’t trust Serbian List (Nacionale)
    • Dutch MEP reacts after the mistreatment of Kosovars in Serbia (RTK)
    • “If Association not sent to court, CoE membership postponed for a year” (media)
    • Dimic on Serbia stopping Kosovars: Brings back Milosevic’s time (Kosovapress)
    • Police confiscate weapons in Mitrovica North (Kosovapress)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic: Eleven years they have been looking for the culprits in Serbs and Serbia, and the essence of the Brussels Agreement has not been implemented (RTS)
    • Stano: Brussels Agreement obligation, consequences for Pristina if it does not form the A/CSM (RTS, Tanjug, KiM radio)
    • Lajcak: No stronger incentive to resolve the Belgrade, Pristina relations than a clear perspective in the EU (Kosovo Online)
    • Eleven years since the Brussels Agreement; Simic: Dead letter (RTS)
    • Combating Human Trafficking Director in KP accused of domestic violence (FoNet, N1, Kosovo Online)
    • CEC approved 23 locations for voting on April 21 in the north (Kosovo online)
    • Surlic: The situation between Belgrade and Pristina would have been more relaxed if the A/CSM had been formed 11 years ago (Kosovo Online)
    • Belo Polje struggles with wild landfills, stray dogs and an unbearable stench, no response from the authorities (KiM radio, Radio Gorazdevac)

    International:

    • North Kosovo Vote to Dismiss Mayors Risks Failure Amid Boycott (BIRN)
    • Senior Kosovar Police Officer Released After Detention At Serbian Border (RFE)
    • Witness to Violence: Photojournalist Recalls Decades of Documenting Kosovo’s Turbulent Times (BIRN)

    Humanitarian/Development:

    • Murati: Kosovo receives €90 million funding from the World Bank (media)
    • “Women in focus” photo exhibition: Everything is against women when they strive for a position (KiM radio, KoSSev)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 18 April, 2024

    By   3 days ago

    Albanian Language Media: Kurti: Serbia has violated several agreements (media) Kurti: Vucic is retaliating over Kosovo’s success at CoE (media) Osmani: Five Kosovo police officers held hostage by Serbia (RFE) Rohde: Detention of Kosovo law enforcement officials is unacceptable (media) Hovenier: Concerned over detention of Jankovic by Serbian authorities (media) Svecla: Jankovic sent to detention […]

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 17, 2024

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 17 April, 2024

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Serbia blocks around 300 Kosovars at border with Croatia (media)
    • MFA and MIA call on citizens of Kosovo: Avoid at all costs passage through Serbia (media)
    • Apart from Croatia, Kosovars are also blocked in Hungary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs QUINT (media)
    • Zulfaj on blocking of Kosovars in Serbia: “little Putin” cannot stand success of Kosovo (Koha)
    • Von Cramon: Serbia should release the Kosovars, stop embarrassing itself (media)
    • Kusari-Lila: Serbia should be removed from Council of Europe (Klan Kosova)
    • Hoxhaj condemns behavior of Serbian Police (media)
    • Kandic on PACE vote for CoE: Serbia’s opposition is an own goal (EO)
    • Pacolli: Parties in Brussels are discussing how to find a way for Serbia to legally bring money to Kosovo (media)
    • U.S. Embassy flag at half-mast, Hovenier: Recent killings of women show urgency to do more (media)
    • Osmani commemorates Poklek massacre; “six-month-old victim called Liberty” (Telegrafi)
    • Police arrest one of the leaders of group that blackmailed women (Koha)
    • Retrial: 35 years imprisonment for man who killed his wife in 2022 (media)

    Serbian Language Media: 

    • Vucevic: Voting in Strasbourg continuation of the festival of hypocrisy (KiM radio, RTS)
    • Pantic Pilja: In PACE, it was shown that international law means nothing, they trampled on everything they advocate for (Kosovo Online)
    • Elek: Members of the CoE trampled on international law and the rule of law (Kosovo Online, TV Most, Tanjug)
    • Kurti from Strasbourg: No need to talk about A/CSM, when Serbs are boycotting the Assembly (Danas, Kosovo Online)
    • Gogic: Growth Plan will be reason for another promise from Kosovo to form CSM (Kosovo Online)
    • Trajkovic and Gogic on Kosovo and CoE: It’s part of geopolitical regrouping, nothing to do with Kosovo and Serbia (N1)
    • Vehicle of a driver of Provisional Authority President in Leposavic set on fire (Kosovo Online)
    • Drecun: What follows the CoE adoption of the recommendation for the admission of Kosovo is very dangerous (Blic, Blic TV)
    • KP on the shooting on the Gracanica-Laplje Selo road: Attempted murder, two people arrested (Kosovo Online, KiM radio)

    Opinion:

    • Are the Kosovo media repeating the mistakes of 2004? (KoSSev)
    • UN Resolution on the Balkans Would Be a Mistake (Real Clear World)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 16 April, 2024

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Osmani’s message to members of PACE on Kosovo’s membership vote (media)
    • PACE committee rejects all amendments of Serbian, Italian members (media)
    • Woman killed in Peja, “situation is alarming” (media)
    • Hoxha: Radoicic’s group is free; there is threat of another attack in north (KTV)
    • Rohde on Palkowitsch appointment: Testament of growing partnership (media)
    • EU conditions Serbia’s integration with normalizing relations with Kosovo (RFE)
    • Osmani: At first govt meeting, I’ll propose withdrawal from Open Balkan (Express)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Dacic: PACE expected to adopt recommendation to admit Kosovo (N1, media)
    • PACE Political Committee approved no amendments filed by Serbia, dismissed those from Italy related to CSM (KoSSev, media)
    • Biljana Pantic Pilja: PACE Committee voted against our amendments, we will file objection (Tanjug)
    • Gathering because of armed persons appearing in Suvi Do village, near Lipljan (Radio KIM, KoSSev)
    • Xharra: More than 700 police officers with criminal offenses part of Kosovo police (Kosovo Online)
    • Protest over the murder of women, demands to confront Osmani: Enough with the conference, introduce a state of emergency (Kosovo Online)
    • Vucic meets with Lajcak in Mostar (Tanjug, social media)
    • Dacic, Bayramov discuss strategic partnership between Serbia, Azerbaijan (Tanjug)
    • Petkovic: A new round of dialogue on Thursday (Tanjug)
    • EU ambassadors adopted the updated text for chapter 35 with Serbia (Tanjug, RTS, media)

    International:

    • Wider Europe Briefing: Kosovo could finally get in the Council of Europe (RFE)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 15, 2024

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 15 April, 2024

    Albanian Language Media:

    • International Forum for Women Peace and Security starts in Prishtina (media)
    • Clinton: Kosovo has made “important progress” toward gender equality (RFE)
    • Gervalla: Vote tomorrow will pave way to Kosovo’s membership at CoE (RTK)
    • MFA: Serbia’s propaganda in full opposition with reached agreements (media)
    • Bislimi meets deputy director of European Foreign Service, emphasizes need for removal of EU measures against Kosovo (media)
    • Lajcak expects Bislimi and Petkovic to be “open-minded” in the following meeting (Albanian Post)
    • Statistics Agency: Census expected to conclude before targeted date (Kosovapress)

    Serbian Language Media: 

    • Vucic: Pristina prepared a trick with A/CSM (KoSSev, RTS)
    • Starovic: There is no normalization while north is occupied by Kosovo police (Kosovo Online, social media)
    • Lawyer files appeal over Sofronijevic’s detention (RTS)
    • Serbian List: Arrest of Sofronijevic and beatings of Stevanovic “new values” for CoE (Radio KIM, Danas, BETA)
    • Serbian Democracy: A Serb beaten by special forces in the village of Bube; KP: Case reported, PIK takes over the investigation (KiM radio, KoSSev)
    • Why Serbs in the north don’t want to take part in the census? (Radio KIM)

    Opinion:

    • Dimitrijevic: Crème de la crème of journalists from Albanian community seek to glorify their values through their reporting, that’s where we differ (KoSSev)

    International:

    • Prosecution Investigates Claims of Professor’s Sexual Harassment after BIRN Investigation (Prishtina Insight)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 12 April, 2024

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Maqedonci to Viehe: Deployment of Serbian military troops around border, threat to stability (Reporteri)
    • Rohde on Kurti-Sarrazin meeting: Berlin process is key element (media)
    • Paris conditions Serbia’s purchasing of combat aircraft with normalization of relations with Kosovo (Klan)
    • Gervalla calls on diaspora to participate in population census process (Klan)
    • Krasniqi repeats call for early elections: main race will be between PDK and LVV (media)
    • Specialized Chambers clarify rejection of Thaci’s request to replace Judge Guillou (Reporteri)
    • Analysts: Dialogue needs mediators from powerful European states (RTK)
    • Indictment against a Kosovar for crimes against humanity committed in Syria and Iraq (Koha)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic to Troccaz: Pristina’s membership in the CoE a reward for discrimination and pressure on Serbs (Kosovo Online)
    • Mali: Vucic sent letters to European leaders this morning regarding the reception of Kosovo to the CoE (Tanjug, TV Happy, media)
    • Petkovic and Dacic today to meet the head of UNMIK (Kosovo Online)
    • Hill: Serbia faces very difficult political issues (N1)
    • The British Telegraph editor in bulletproof vest and without a helmet from the Leposavic hill determines whether there will be a “Serbian invasion of Kosovo” (KoSSev, N1, X)
    • Vucic met Chinese Ambassador, discussed challenges awaiting Serbia (Tanjug, media)
    • Vucic receives Ghanaian FM (Tanjug)
    • Serbian leadership with Dodik, Cvijanovic: Vucic to ask UN to review procedures (N1, RTS)

    International:

    • Police Disperse Protest for Kosovo Professor’s Firing over Harassment Claims (Balkan Insight)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 11, 2024

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 11 April, 2024

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Osmani receives OSCE chairman, discusses Kosovo’s membership in the CoE (media)
    • Gervalla informs OSCE chairman about situation in the north (media)
    • Dinar gathers chief negotiators of Kosovo and Serbia again next week in Brussels (media)
    • FH: Serbia’s refusal to recognize Kosovo, big challenge in democratization (media)
    • KSF receives logistic equipment from Germany worth €2.7 million (media)
    • Elezi on placing cameras at polling stations in north: They apply to all election processes (Klan)
    • Citaku: Kurti brutally interfering in North Macedonia’s elections (ekonomia)

    Serbian Language Media: 

    • Vucic refuted that he “was preparing for invasion” of Kosovo (Radio KIM)
    • Trajkovic: Both Belgrade and Pristina see Radoicic as “a danger if he speaks what he knows about both of them” (KoSSev)
    • Dacic: Serbia to contribute to dialogue amid global crisis (Tanjug)
    • Djedovic Handanovic: “Elektrosever” and EPS stand behind the citizens, there is a lot of misinformation (Radio Mitrovica sever, TV Pink)
    • EU Spokesperson: Still without date for meeting in Brussels next week (Kosovo Online)
    • Szunyog meets Bishop Teodosije, discusses SOC matters, including returning land to Decani Monastery (Kosovo Online, social media)
    • EU ambassadors supported visa liberalization for holders of Serbian passports from Kosovo (KiM radio, Tanjug)

    Opinion:

    • Dimitrijevic: Kurti causes animosity among Serbs in Kosovo, the SL decisions not in their interest (KoSSev)

    International:

    • Serbia: Freedom in the World 2024 Country Report (freedomhouse.org)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 9 April, 2024

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Osmani: Implementation of Constitution accelerates Kosovo’s integration process (RTK)
    • Kurti: Dedicated to preserving the legacy of liberation war (media)
    • Hovenier: Proud to support people of Kosovo on Constitution vision (media)
    • Krasniqi: In these three years, we mostly needed to protect Constitution from government (Koha)
    • EU calls on Serbian List to reconsider its decision not to participate in April 21 elections (Reporteri)
    • German Embassy: Boycott is not in interest of citizens in the north (Koha)
    • Removal of visas for holders of Serbian passports, voted (RTK)
    • Lajcak meets Polish official, discuss Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Reporteri)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Macron: The future of Serbia being written now (Danas, Beta, X)
    • Starovic: Facts are clear why Serbs decided to boycott referendum (Blic, social media)
    • European Parliament Committee supported lifting visas for Serbian Coordination Directorate passport holders (Kosovo Online)
    • Momirovic writes to ministers of trade, warns of Serbian goods import ban in Kosovo (Tanjug)
    • Macron: Reached agreements should be implemented, Pristina needs to make progress in establishing Community of Serb-majority Municipalities (Kosovo Online)
    • Fazliu: Kosovo Prosecutor’s Office conducting an extensive investigation in the Banjska case, the publication of evidence may harm the case (Beta, N1, KiM radio)
    • Opposition People’s Party calls for unity on Srebrenica resolution (N1)
    • Varhelyi: Serbia making progress on EU path, Cluster 3 ready for opening (N1)
    • Kosovo: Zana Avdiu in the fight against domestic violence, sexism, macho culture, patriarchy…(en.vijesti.me, N1, DW, KoSSev)
    • Masralli: The EU encourages Serbs to participate in the census and Srpska list to reconsider the decision to boycott the vote (Kosovo Online)
    • Andric Rakic: We will see another boycott of future local elections in the north (Kosovo online, X)

    Opinion:

    • Marinkovic to Demostat: Possible postponement of Kosovo’s admission to the Council of Europe (Kosovo Online)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 8, 2024

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 8 April, 2024

    Albanian Language Media:

    • Kastrati: Serb community must understand that population census does not return (Klan)
    • Serbian List members resign from municipal election commissions in the north (media)
    • Knaus: EU’s current strategy for Kosovo-Serbia dialogue has collapsed (RTK)
    • Petritsch: The Kurti-Vucic agreement has international validity (RTK)
    • LDK: Claims that Kosovo has progressed in international indexes is government propaganda (media)
    • Osmani: The Roma community is an integral part of our society (media)
    • Tahiri: What is this silence in LVV about samples from Dehari case? (media)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Radosavljevic: Boycott of referendum does not come as surprise, Serbs do not feel safe (Euronews, Kosovo Online)
    • Russian MFA: Attempts for Kosovo to become CoE member witness to degradation of this organization (N1, FoNet)
    • Pristina: Little willingness of Serbs in the north of Kosovo to register (KiM radio, RTS)
    • Kastrati: The census mandatory for everyone, no one has the right to call for a boycott (KiM radio, Slobodno Srpski, Kosovo Online)
    • What questions are being asked at the census, who is “Woman with Crown” and “Woman without Crown”, and what period “War Damage” entails? (KoSSev)
    • World Roma Day (KiM radio)
    • Vucic lays wreath in Paris, due to meet Macron (N1, Tanjug)
    • Swedish ambassador says Serbia gets second highest EU fund payouts (N1, FoNet)
    • Vucevic, Brnabic met Peach: Commitment to preserving peace and stability in the region (Tanjug, RTS)

    International:

    • It is in the interest of the EU that Enlargement takes place soon, Varhelyi says (Sarajevo Times)

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    UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 5 April, 2024

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    Albanian Language Media:

    • Kurti: Population data helps us guide policies (Koha)
    • Kurti: I call on international community to demand from Serbia to clarify fate of those who disappeared during war (Reporteri)
    • Svecla and Haxhiu go to Radoicic’s villa, announce security cameras have been installed (Klan)
    • Krasniqi: Serbian List has lost its influence in the North (A2 CNN)
    • Serbian List: Serbs will not participate in population census in Kosovo (RFE)
    • Census – Most Serb enumerators in Zubin Potok withdraw (Koha)
    • Hamza: Current draft of Association, poorest offer that Kosovo has had on table (ekonomia)
    • Lajcak informed of challenges faced by Albanians of the Valley (RTK)

    Serbian Language Media:

    • Vucic: Serbia will oppose the humiliations that have been prepared for it in the Council of Europe and the UN (Kosovo Online)
    • Serbian parties from Kosovo against the participation of Serbs in the population census (Kosovo Online, Tanjug, RTS)
    • Kurti with the presidents of Kosovo municipalities without translation into Serbian language; The UNS protests (KiM radio, Medija Centar Caglavica)
    • Blakaj: Recording of war damage within the census is problematic; it may result in a distorted picture (Kosovo Online)
    • Raska-Prizren Diocese reacts to accusations by Elonora Visoka Weller against SOC, says they indirectly foster ethnic and religious intolerance (Raska-Prizren Eparchy, media, social media)
    • Dacic: Today the government meeting on a team to fight against the Pristina admission into the CoE (NMagazin, media)
    • Sarovic: Pristina membership to Council of Europe, consequence of Vucic’s Kosovo policy (KoSSev)
    • North: Names of places in the Albanian language covered with Cyrillic stickers, then taken off (Kontakt plus radio, media)

    Opinion:

    • Serbian Coordination Directorate passport holders the only people in Western Balkans not allowed free travel to Europe (Kosovo Online, EWB)

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