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Belgrade Media Report 3 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Selakovic: If Pristina violates obligations, we know what we need to do (RTS/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Kurti directly undermining dialogue and everything agreed (RTS/Politika)
Election dates leaked from ruling coalition-opposition meeting (N1)
570 attorneys to defend Serbs from persecution! (Novosti)
Inzko violently stamps over law (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt: I am pleased to have opportunity to serve citizens of B&H (Hayat)
Reception on occasion of official takeover of duty by newly-appointed HR Schmidt held (FTV)
Dodik: RS does not trust either HR or western part of international community (RTRS)
Viskovic: If you have HR, you have protectorate and that means you have no sovereignty (RTRS)
Sarovic: SDS will not accept any use of Bonn powers (BN TV)
Izetbegovic, Osmanovic welcome arrival of new HR Schmidt (FTV)
Niksic hopes that Schmidt’s mandate will be marked by active work (FTV)
SDA Presidency welcomes Inzko’s decision on amending Criminal Code of B&H (Hayat)
Okic: Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP to invoke mechanism for VNI protection (Hayat)
Cikotic and Berger discuss improving of security situation (Dnevni avaz)
HNC Assembly adopts amendments to HNC Constitution giving equality to all peoples with constituent status (Hayat)
Montenegro

Picula: EU won’t tolerate government’s irrationality (Vijesti)
Medojevic: EU should bring Krivokapic and Becic to senses (CdM)
Krivokapic and seven ministers fined (Vijesti)
Konjevic: Krivokapic’s government, a joint project of SPC and Vijesti, seems to be dying out (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski-Radev phone call: Bulgaria to send firefighting units to Macedonia (Republika)
Albania

Meta meets Grenell: Promoter of economic cooperation in the region (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 3, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• War veterans’ leader: Special Court will fail, like EULEX and UNMIK (Telegrafi)
• Women’s Network: Gender equality is a legal obligation in local elections (Koha)
• COVID-19: 110 new cases, 1 death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Selakovic: We will know how to answer if Pristina starts lobbying for new recognitions (KoSSev)
• Police: Fires in northern Kosovo localized and under control (TV Most)
• Vucic: Serbia will help Skopje in firefighting, “Open Balkans” stipulates it (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Serbian election dates leaked from ruling coalition-opposition meeting (N1)
• No new Covid-19 cases in Serb communities in Kosovo (KoSSev)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Book Explores Kosovo Albanian Tradition of Dream Interpretation (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania sign three documents for better regional cooperation (Tanjug/RTS)
Vucic: Kurti is wrong, but I have nothing against it (Tanjug/B92/Politika/RTS)
Vucic: Belgrade expects Berlin’s support in dialogue with Pristina (Beta/RTV)
Cadez: Economies got strong political support (FoNet)
Dveri: Union with Montenegro, RS in Serbia’s interest (Beta)
EC denies access to document about non-paper on Western Balkan borders (Beta/APA/N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CoM’s session cancelled due to Serb political representatives’ boycott (O kanal)
EU officials from Brussels warn that blockade of B&H institutions is unacceptable (AJB)
B&H institutions faced with blockade as RS representatives in B&H institutions continue to boycott their work; Izetbegovic comment on current situation (N1)
Sarovic: Srebrenica should be place of reconciliation, we will never be opposition to RS (Dnevni list)
Stevandic says survey on 10,000 citizens of RS show that 95.7 percent of them do not support HR’s decision (RTRS)
Inzko says reactions from RS to his decision to prohibit genocide denial were even milder than expected (Dnevni list)
Covic: Inzko came to B&H as friend yet he is leaving as someone who significantly set back projects in B&H (FTV)
Dodik: I am willing to resign from post of B&H Presidency member but I demand that new Serb member is not elected (Nova BH/ATV)
Dodik causes uproar with statements about police and acting against SIPA (Nova BH)
RS government approves two law proposals ahead of RS parliament session (BN TV/BHT1)
Dzaferovic says facts established by courts cannot be punishable under any law (BHT1)
Ahmetovic: RS is genocidal trophy which lives on (Oslobodjenje)
Borenovic: Opposition does not wish to be part of SNSD-led government (BN TV)
Impact of HR’s decision on judiciary, journalists, security agencies (FTV/BHT1)
HR’s decision to impose law banning genocide denial causes confusion in B&H judiciary (RTRS)
Croatia

Grlic-Radman: Everyone ‘can be happy’ with Peljesac Bridge, including B&H (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic: Staying in the Prime Minister armchair it not my interest (RTCG)
Janjic: I expect DF to stage political rebellion and overthrow the government (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

“Open Balkans” aims to contribute positively to the common future of citizens and the entire Western Balkans (Republika)
Mickoski: Mini Schengen can’t be an alternative to EU integration (Republika)
Macedonian parliament adopts the VMRO proposed resolution that draws red lines in the negotiations with Bulgaria (Republika)
Albania

OPEN BALKANS: no borders between three countries as early as 2023 (Tirana Times)
Economic Forum/ Vucic: “On 1 January 2023 we will have no borders” (Radio Tirana)
Balkans Schengen, DP’s Chair: Hypocrisy must end for free movement to work (ADN)
Mini-Schengen, SMI accuses premier of selling Albania and hating Kosovo (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 30, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• President Biden to be awarded Kosovo medal on behalf of late son, Beau (media)
• Gervalla says ‘Open Balkans’ is a dangerous initiative (Kosovapress)
• Abdixhiku: Economic integration of the region to be preceded by political recognition (media)
• Haradinaj accuses Kurti of ‘selling’ patriotism while protecting Serbia’s products (media)
• Vitia: The pandemic is far from over, our only weapon is vaccination (media)
• COVID-19: 70 new cases, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• EC on the Open Balkans Initiative: We support the leaders’ commitment to regional cooperation (Kosovo Online, Danas)
• Belgrade expects constructive Berlin’s support in dialogue with Pristina (N1)
• “Open Balkan” criticized in Pristina and Tirana (KoSSev)
• Vucic: Kurti mistaken in thinking he’ll win with chauvinistic messages and closing Pristina (KoSSev)
• Petkovic: We have delivered food and insulin to Dragica Gasic (Radio KIM)

International:

• Balkan ‘Mini-Schengen’ Leaders Eye Open Borders by 2023 (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• US State Department again lists BIRN as a resource for fighting corruption (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Stefanovic: Grateful for Indonesia’s consistent stand on Kosovo and Metohija (Novosti)
Economic cooperation between Serbia, Azerbaijan to be upgraded to higher level (RTS/Tanjug)
Dacic: Inzko’s decision is aimed against interests of Serb people (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Fabrizi on Serbia’s path to EU: It takes time (RTS/B92)
Lompar: Government has created monstrous concoction of elitism, primitivism; the national facade serves to abandon national interests step by step (Beta)
It takes three for happiness in B&H (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Criminal Code amendments published in B&H Official Gazette (Nova BH)
B&H HoR’s session cancelled due to Serb representatives’ boycott of work of state institutions (Nova BH)
OHR comments blockade of B&H institutions (Nova BH)
Komsic: I understand difficult emotions that hit parties from RS because some of their basic ideas are defeated (Hayat)
Dodik will not attend sessions of B&H Presidency (RTRS)
Niksic asks Inzko to suspend salaries for RS representatives who boycott state institutions (Dnevni avaz)
RS parliament set to hold special session (Nova BH/RTRS)
Inzko: RS representatives will start work in B&H institutions soon (AJB)
US Embassy in B&H says US fully supports essential role and mandate of OHR and looks forward to working with new HR Christian Schmidt (FTV)
Croatia

Plenkovic: Croatia will do everything to help B&H (HRT)
New location announced for Operation Storm celebrations (HRT)
Plenkovic: Not all cabinet members will go to Knin this year (Hina)
Montenegro

DPS and SDP: Two extraordinary own goals (CdM)
SDP and URA silent about the Serbian World in Tivat (Gradski portal)
Meeting of ruling majority unlikely to happen until mid-August (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Rift between VMRO and Levica grows wider (Republika)
Zaev denies claims from Sofia that he is violating the rights of ethnic Bulgarians in Macedonia (Republika)
Government meets to prepare the events marking the Ohrid Framework Treaty (Republika)
Meeting of the three Mini Schengen countries in Skopje (Republika)
Albania

Ruci received the Ambassador of Kosovo: Albania is by your side to face today’s and future challenges; the EU is the only destination (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 28, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• UNDP poll finds significant increase in people’s satisfaction with Kosovo institutions (media)
• “Kosovo has investment potential but political instability and corruption hinder it” (Klan)
• Kosovo Assembly adopts budget review (media)
• Muja: For the first time in Kosovo, revenues exceed €2 billion (Kallxo)
• Bodies of bus crash victims arrive at Kosovo (media)
• COVID-19: 58 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• OSCE report on assessment of community rights in Kosovo presented (KiM radio, RTV Puls, RTK2, N1)
• Fabrizi expects Serbia’s progress in talks with bloc before end of 2021 (N1)
• Dragica Gasic after robbery at her flat: I am staying in Djakovica (Radio KIM)
• “Absence of reactions and tendentious reporting on incidents constitute their silent approval” (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic to seek additional security for Dragica Gasic (Kosovo Online)
• Cadez: It is important that political leaders realize importance of “mini-Schengen” (Kosovo-online)
• BSN: New weapons strengthen operational capacities of Serbian Army (N1)

Opinion:

• Is the Decani Monastery really endangered? (Kosovo 2.0)

International:

• Balkan trio push ‘mini-Schengen’ as they hit out at EU membership delay (Financial Times)
• ‘Genocide’ Controversy Erupts over WWII Massacres in Montenegro (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Inzko’s decision further complicates the situation in B&H (Tanjug/RTS/Politika/Novosti)
Vucic: I am not supporter of imposed decisions, we have to build brotherly relations with Bosniaks (TV Pink)
Selakovic favors stability in B&H after law on banning genocide denial (Beta)
Selakovic thanks Azerbaijan on clear position of non-recognition of Kosovo’s independence and support in international organizations (RTS/Tanjug/Beta/Politika)
Vulin: Inzko decided to take revenge on all in B&H and to create tensions and divisions (Beta/RTV)
Jovanovic: Unitarization of B&H is goal (Blic/RTV)
Serbian human rights activists welcome ban on genocide denial imposed in B&H (N1)
Bosniaks call Inzko to suspend Dodik (Politika)
Revenge (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: RS will reject all decisions that were imposed (N1)
Dodik starts petition against Inzko’s decision (ATV)
Dodik and SNSD present video calling for citizens in RS to gather and defend themselves (O Kanal/BN TV)
Dodik: B&H can return to previous situation only in case of withdrawal of HR’s decision (ATV)
Sarovic: I see no future for B&H without urgent abolition of High Representative (Nezavisne)
Judge Blagojevic resigns after Inzko imposed amendments to Criminal Code, stresses OHR cannot impose laws (Dnevni list)
Viskovic: RS institutions will undertake number of moves that will make it clear B&H can no longer function in this way; Cvijanovic: B&H that functions on dialogue is unsuitable for HR (ATV)
Izetbegovic says relativizing truth, attempts to equalize sides in war is preparation for linking rights of Albanians in Kosovo with rights of Serbs in B&H (Hayat)
Head of B&H’s Islamic Community welcomes ban on genocide denial (N1)
US Embassy to B&H: Threats related to dissolution of B&H are unacceptable and contrary to DPA and B&H Constitution (O Kanal)
EU: Revisionism and genocide denial are contrary to fundamental European values (Oslobodjenje)
German Embassy to B&H: Denial or even glorification of war crimes and genocide are unacceptable (N1)
NATO HQ in Brussels: Denial of genocide is unacceptable; support to territorial integrity of B&H and urged B&H leaders to refrain from divisive rhetoric (Fena/N1)
Zakharova: We are disturbed with interference of HR in internal issues of B&H as sovereign and independent country (N1)
World media report about Inzko’s decision and remind of genocide committed in Srebrenica (N1)
Schmidt: I am going to B&H with clear expectation to restart development process that stopped (Oslobodjenje/FAZ)
IAWG holds session, discusses changes to Law on Elections proposed by HDZ B&H and DF (BHT1)
Croatia

Grlic Radman and Schallenberg both express support to Inzko’s decision (HRT1)
Serb National Council commemorates Serbs killed by Ustasha in 1941 (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic: I reckon I will be prime minister by 2024 (RTCG/BBC)
Djonovic: “Becic’s resolution” immoral because it brings discord (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

State Department warns potential investors in Macedonia about high level corruption (Republika)
Zaev’s government pledges to get serious about fighting corruption after the highly critical State Department report (Republika)
Albania

Charges pressed against 171 policemen (ADN/Abc news)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 26, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 14 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti, Gervalla return to Kosovo, Vitia and Svecla stay on in Croatia (media)
• Svecla: Some of the passengers will travel to Kosovo, others will return to Germany (Klan)
• PM Kurti pays tribute to Enver Zymberi on anniversary of his death (media)
• Gervalla called on EU to stop “Mini-Schengen” initiative (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• One case of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Radio KIM)
• Presidential, and Belgrade elections, possibly parliamentary in Serbia in spring, official says (N1, Beta, Vecernje Novosti)
• Serbian List expresses condolences to families of those who died in bus crash (Kosovo-online)
• Raska-Prizren Eparchy expresses condolence to families of victims, prays for recovery of those injured in bus crash (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic will get closer to Moscow, but he will not “grow cold” towards Erdogan (Danas)
• Joksimovic: Regional initiatives enable stability (RTS)
• “International community does not see difficult position of Serbs” (Politika)
• Bayramov: Azerbaijan respects principles of international law when it comes to Kosovo issue (Kosovo-online)
• Dacic to attend inauguration of Iranian president (N1)
• Bolton: Pristina has the right not to accept territorial changes, but then there is no progress in the negotiations (Kosovo Online, B92)

International:

• Enmity and Neglect Take Toll on Serb Churches in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• Enkel Demi: We Need to Know Each Other’s Literature (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Nora Gjakova wins Kosovo’s third Olympic gold medal (Prishtina Insight)
• Montenegro Makes History With First Same-Sex Marriage (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 July

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LOCAL PRESS

If they make a decision on recognizing Kosovo, we will launch a derecognition campaign (Tanjug/B92)
Office: Persecution of Serbs continues (RTS)
Dacic: We are grateful for Italy’s support in EU integration (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Attempts of Sarajevo to prevent construction of hydropower plant Buk-Bijela (Politika)
He is “buying” Bosniaks by attacking Serbia (Novosti)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

US Embassy expresses full support to newly appointed HR Schmidt (Nova BH)
Cvijanovic says Russian resolution on OHR’s closure is solution that could save reputation of international community (RTRS)
Borenovic says key goal of everyone is to close down OHR in B&H as soon as possible (BN TV)
Dodik: With his statement Izetbegovic attempts to restore political influence that SDA has lost; Other RS officials condemn Izetbegovic’s statement (RTRS)
Dunovic to Vulin: Leave B&H alone (Dnevni list)
Statements of politicians from region cause new tensions in B&H (EuroBlic)
HDZ B&H presents proposal for changes to B&H Election Law in IAWG (FTV)
Komsic: HDZ B&H proposal is discriminatory (FTV)
Colak: ‘Civic B&H’ as advocated by Bosniak parties is unacceptable (Dnevni list)
Media carry comments to Covic’s announcement of blockade of elections (Oslobodenje)
RTRS investigates why Erdogan lobbies for Kosovo; Dodik: Key to solution on this issue lies in dialogue – not in interference by foreign factors (RTRS)
Golic, Petrovic from Elektroprivreda RS and Serbian Mrdak meet to discuss issues related to construction of hydropower plant Buk Bijela (Nezavisne)
SDA: B&H CC confirmed SDA’s stance regarding concessions for construction on Drina River (Oslobodjenje)
Report of Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Sufferings of All People in Srebrenica Region between 1992 and 1995 published online (ATV)
Croatia

Croatia’s Euro coins to feature Nikola Tesla (Hina)
Montenegro

Bratic’s Ministry accuses public of unfair treatment: Dismissed headteachers should seek justice in court (CdM)
Protest: We want neither fascism in Montenegro, nor Serbian World through our children (CdM)
Is wide-eyed Brussels turning a blind eye to unprecedented revanchism in Montenegro? (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: The resolution should be accepted by all parties without excuses and conditions, thus we will strengthen the state positions (Republika)
Zaev: I wish Albania good luck on its EU path if Bulgaria’s blockade continues (Republika/DW)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 22, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 28 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti: Dialogue in Brussels is about status of Kosovo-Serbia relations (media)
• Osmani: Time to recognise irreversible reality of independent Kosovo (media)
• Kosovo Assembly ratifies IPA 2020 agreement (media)
• PDK initiates parliamentary debate on 100 days of Kurti government (Koha)
• VV MP: We are eradicating corruption (Ekonomia Online)
• PDK leader: Kosovo coordination with US, vital and irreplaceable (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: We are changing the name “mini Schengen”, fast lanes for people from the region (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• “KLA” graffiti written on a church in Brod village, children’s playground in Susica
• Veselinovic transferred to Prizren for further interrogation (Radio KIM)
• Trajkovic: Kosovo institutions do not react to prevent pressure and do not condemn frequent incidents against Serb community (KoSSev, JUGpress)
• Danas: US delighted with Kurti’s democracy, shocked by Vucic’s authoritarianism (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic on two-day visit in Kosovo (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Popovic received a summons to testify at the trial for Ivanovic’s murder (Beta, N1, KiM radio)
• Vucic spoke with Zaev and Rama ahead of Skopje Forum (Kosovo-online)

International:

• Balkan Athletes Hunger for Glory at Olympics Marred by COVID-19 (Balkan Insight)
• Vucic: Serbia will protect interests if Kosovo campaigns for independence (Euractiv)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Checkmate! Kosovo Elderly Find Solace – and Rivalry – in Ancient Game (Balkan Insight)
• Childbirth Often Traumatic in CEE, But Few Women Seek Redress (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic meets with Lajcak in Brussels (Tanjug/RTV)
Selakovic: Serbia committee to dialogue with Pristina (TV Prva/Beta)
Serbia will not have to give up Kosovo for the sake of joining the EU (APA/Tanjug/B92)
Dacic: No extremely important results will be achieved in Brussels (TV Prva)
Petkovic: Vucic will insist in Brussels on formation of ZSO (Tanjug/RTS)
Stano: 19 July round of dialogue to focus on progress to date (Tanjug)
Dacic: SPS oldest political brand (Beta)
Lazanski: Montenegro refuses Belgrade’s request to allow the use of its ports for weapons donation (TV Prva/Beta)
Neu: Serbs can never be victims (Novosti)
Turks get weapon for Albanians in B&H (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

EU officials confirm that Resolution proposed by Russia and China to UN SC will not change agenda of the EU for B&H (FTV)
Russia and China propose that mandate of Schmidt ends in 2022; Izetbegovic: Proposal of Russia and China will not be accepted; Other reactions (Hayat)
Cvijanovic says attempts to appoint new HR are not in line with procedures, she sees Russian-Chinese draft resolution on abolition of HR’s powers as chance (RTRS)
Hartmann: B&H’s road to EU will close OHR; Austria’s interest in B&H and region is strong (Nezavisne)
Tegeltija: There is absolutely insufficient EU interest when it comes to enlargement (RTRS)
Dodik: New US Ambassador needs to respect Dayton Peace Accords (ATV)
B&H CC rejects Dodik’s motion for disputing Law on B&H Flag, partly grants motion of 24 B&H MPs regarding ‘Buk Bijela’ (Nova BH)
Dodik announces lawsuits against judges of B&H CC for violation of B&H Constitution and misuse of office; Other reactions (ATV)
Hadziabdic: B&H CEC prepared document with series of improvements to B&H Election Law (Fena/Dnevni list)
There will be no progress in terms of talks Law on Elections, Constitution of B&H until second half of September at least (Dnevni list)
Komsic: I will put forward my candidacy for B&H Presidency member in the next elections if current situation does not change; Croatian policy towards B&H is senseless (FTV)
Trivic: Cvijanovic defends Dodik’s idea about merging functions of RS President and Serb member of B&H Presidency without supporting arguments (BN TV)
Cvijanovic responds to Trivic’s accusing her of political illiteracy (RTRS)
Govedarica: Idea about merging functions of RS President and Serb member of B&H Presidency perfidiously aims to improve Dodik’s rating (BN TV)
Dodik on Djukanovic’s statements in Slovakia: Djukanovic is personal towards SPC because it is one of the reasons he lost power (ATV)
Croatia

Covic: 2022 elections cannot take place if there were no changes to B&H Election Law (Vecernji list)
Biden on meeting with Merkel: We also talked about importance of further integration of Western Balkans in European institutions (Jutarnji list)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: There are attempts to revive 1990s’ nationalist policies in region, Serb Orthodox Church bears responsibility for genocide in Srebrenica (GLOBSEC)
Korcok: Djukanovic is fighting for Montenegro (CdM)
EC warned: Maritime border dispute between Montenegro and Albania still pending (Dan)
Abazovic-Rama meeting: Let’s not change boundaries, let them be invisible (RTCG)
Abazovic in the parliament of Albania: We want to promote a policy of peace and cooperation in the region (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)
Abazovic meets with President Meta (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)
Abazovic meets with opposition leader in Albania: Region needs to change its image (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)
Albania

Deputy PM of Montenegro on official visit in Albania (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 19, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: Three new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti meets Lajcak ahead of meeting with Vucic (Kallxo)
• Kurti: Today we commemorate Rahovec massacre (media)
• Hoti: Serbia to open war archives (media)
• Serwer: Kosovo to walk away from a bad deal with Serbia, improve relations with China (Klan)
• Repatriation of 11 Kosovo citizens from Syria carried out with U.S. support (EO)

Serbian Language Media:

• New round of talks – Vucic vs. Kurti; Borrell will present his expectations first (B92, Tanjug)
• Serbian FM hopes Greece will not change its stance on Kosovo (Beta, N1, TV Prva)
• Selakovic believe that Serbia will not have to give up Kosovo for the sake of joining the EU (APA, media)
• Dacic: International community should pressure Kosovo Albanians (FoNet, N1, TV Prva)
• Mini Schengen and the politics of the “Serbian world” do not go together (N1)
• The trial of Risto Jovanovic from Podgorica, arrested in Gazimestan, begun (Novi Magazin, Beta, RTS)
• Memorial service in Velika Hoca: ”23 years spent in pain, fear, waiting and uncertainty” (KoSSev, RTK2, Beta)

Opinion:

• ”Courageous Kosovo ”, ”criminal Serbia ” and history left unsaid (KoSSev)

International:

• Western Balkans region gets endorsement from Merkel on path to EU integration (eureporter.co)

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