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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 22, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Ambasador Grenell visits Pristina and Belgrade this week (Koha)
• In Davos, Thaci meets president of World Economic Forum (media)
• Finnish ambassador: There is hope for coalition agreement (Klan Kosova)
• Haradinaj and Apostolova meet to discuss latest developments in Kosovo (media)
• Haradinaj nominates Lulzim Rafuna for the Minister of Finance (RTK)
• The U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Jorgen Andrews to visit Kosovo tomorrow (RTK)
• Haradinaj: Belgrade line is not related to tariff (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Borrell to visit Belgrade on January 30 (Tanjug)
• Vucic spoke to O’Brien in Davos (Tanjug, B92)
• Reactions from Belgrade and Srpska Lista on BG-PR flight deal (KoSSev, Radio KIM, BETA)
• Djuric on Belgrade-Pristina flight: We will inform KFOR and UNMIK (KoSSev)
• Vucic: Tariffs unsustainable, problem to be resolved after Kosovo government is formed (BETA)
• Grenell: This is just the beginning of a bright future we predict for Serbia and Kosovo (N1, Blic)

International:

• Serbia president Vučić ‘fed up of being lectured’ over ties with Russia and China (Euronews)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Discrimination in the name of neutrality (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: No direct answers regarding Serbia’s EU accession (Tanjug/Politika)
• Vucic: We fought for Air Serbia not to fly to Pristina (RTS)
• Dacic: Agreement on flight with Pristina strengthens trust with the US administration (RTV/Tanjug)
• Vukadinovic: How come the Belgrade-Pristina airline is a result of long negotiations if negotiations are not even conducted?! (NSPM)
• Ambassador of Montenegro to Serbia: Politicians should restrain from harsh rhetoric (Mondo)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dunovic: Dodik’s desires are one thing, reality is something else; DF’s priority at state level is submitting of NAP to NATO, which we completed (Oslobodjenje)
• HDZ B&H City Board of Mostar: Local elections in Mostar must be held, simple as that (Vecernji list)
• Mandate of five members of CEC expired as B&H approaches local elections 2020 (O kanal)
Croatia
• Croatian Prime Minister attends 50th World Economic Forum in Davos (HRT)
Montenegro
• Amend the law in parliamentary procedure (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• The Prespa Agreement hysteria is a “Tirana” flirting with the Albanians (Republika)
• Dimitrov in Davos: It is high time to start accession negotiations (Republika)
• Osmani: Elections to be held according to European standards, show that the state deserves to be part of the EU (Republika)
Albania
• PM to visit conflict-affected area in Ukraine (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia president Vučić ‘fed up of being lectured’ over ties with Russia and China (Euronews)
• Don’t believe the hype. There will be no Belgrade – Prishtina flights just yet (Emerging Europe)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Compromise reached whereby Kosovo is not recognized (Tanjug/Politika)
• Stano: EU welcomes letter of intent on reintroducing Belgrade-Pristina flights (Tanjug)
• Vucic meets with officials on Davos Forum sidelines (Tanjug/RTS)
• Selakovic: Authorities in Podgorica avoided CoE’s recommendation (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Djilas calls for calm among opposition (Danas/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik’s statement on post of Federation of B&H Vice President disturbs Komsic (RTRS)
• Vidovic: We will initiate changes of laws where constitutional framework was abandoned during transfer of competences (ATV/Srna)
• Agreement of the parties in the Sarajevo Canton reached (N1)
• NATO HQ confirmed that NATO allies accepted the Program of Reforms of B&H (N1)
• Declassified UK documents spark reactions (ATV)
Croatia
• Plenkovic: Not fair that North Macedonia is left in EU “Waiting Room” (Hina)
Montenegro
• Hybrid aggressors also operate from Montenegro (RTCG)
• Djukanovic: UK’s exit from the EU won’t affect our relations (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev held his first press conference after resigning as PM (Republika)
• Mickoski promotes his plan for Renewal of Macedonia (Republika)
Albania
• Soreca: Year 2020 will be very important for Southeast Europe and Albania (Radio Tirana)
• Rama in Ukraine: Solving crisis, priority for Europe’s stability (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Lufthansa attempts to resurrect Serbia-Kosovo air link (EurActiv)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 20, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Vetevendosje proposes Albin Kurti as Prime Minister nominee (Klan Kosova)
• President Thaci invites Kurti to give him PM mandate (media)
• Kurti: LDK’s message ‘take it or leave it’, means leave it (media)
• Kurti needs to form a new government by February 4 (Indeksonline)
• Haxhiu: Time for LDK to prove it wants the change (media)
• LDK: Despite unilateral moves by LVV, we are open to agreement (Telegrafi)
• Pristina-Belgrade air route to be launched in the near future (Gazeta Express)
• Thaci hails initiative for launch of Pristina-Belgrade flights (Kallxo)
• Stoltenberg: KFOR retains authority over Kosovo airspace (Koha)
• Osmani claims will for reach of the agreement with LVV exists (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Worrying data, but for whom – Serbia or the EU? (B92, Blic)
• Russian MFA: Post-election chaos and struggle for power continue in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Saturday protest devoted to slain Kosovo Serb leader (Beta, N1)
• Serbian trade minister says Kosovo tariffs cause one million-euro daily damages (N1, Novosti)
• Belgrade-Pristina flight to be reinstated? (B92, RTS)

International:

• Engel Presses Top Navy Admiral on United States Policy on Serbia (foreign affairs.house.gov)
• Kosovo’s Vetevendosje Party Nominates Leader Kurti For PM (RFE)
• Serbs Say Air Link May Reopen With Kosovo Two Decades After War (Bloomberg)
• Statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on direct flights between Belgrade and Pristina (nato.int)
• US brokers prospective flights between Serbia, Kosovo (The Washington Post)

Humanitarian/Development:

• BIRN Fact-check: The Air We Breathe (Balkan Insight)
• The World’s 2,153 Billionaires Are Richer Than 4.6 Billion People, Says Oxfam (Bloomberg)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic and Dodik on Dayton Agreement: No changes without consent of Serbian people (B92/Beta/Tanjug)
• Djukanovic: We will not withdraw the law, Vucic has an open invitation to come to Montenegro (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Djukanovic’s argumentation legally unfounded (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Dialogue to resume only after taxes are abolished (RTS)
• Serbian ministry signs letter of intent on Belgrade-Pristina flights (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic announces changes to Election Law, reorganization of Federation of B&H government and formation of Federation of B&H authorities (FTV)
• Covic certain that local elections will be held in Mostar in 2020 (Hayat)
• Dodik: Covic has right to demand changing of Election Law (N1)
• Komsic: Changes of Election Law need to be within European standards (Dnevni avaz)
• Dzubur says changes to Law on Elections must not be precondition for formation of Federation of B&H government (Oslobodjenje)
• Borenovic: Amending of Election Law necessary to enable free and fair elections (BN TV)
• SDA, SBB B&H and DF prepare new agreement that entails for Viteskic to temporarily chair sessions of Sarajevo Canton Assembly (Hayat)
• Komsic confirms NATO Political Committee greenlighted Program of Reforms of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
• Dodik: Self-proclaimed Montenegrin Metropolitan does not deserve any attention (Srna)
• Stevandic: Believers have the right to protect the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro (Srna)
Croatia
• Croatian President Elect Zoran Milanovic gives first TV interview (Nova TV)
• Croatia and Austria push for EU entry talks with North Macedonia and Albania (Hina)
Montenegro
• Message for Amfilohije: Government is formed in the elections (CDM)
• DF: EU to get involved in church issue (CDM)
• Azerbaijanis, Russians and Hungarians have invested the most in Montenegro (Pobjeda)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on direct flights between Belgrade and Pristina (Press release)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic, Borrell discuss Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
• Why didn’t Grenell visit Pristina and what is Walker doing over there (Tanjug/RTV)
• Stefanovic: 28 adult Serbs in Syria, Iraq, warns participation in foreign wars punishable (Beta)
• Antonijevic expects new meeting with MEPs; topic will be lowering electoral threshold (Tanjug/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik and Vucic’s statements provoked only couple of reactions from Sarajevo (Oslobodjenje)
• Still no agreement on Bozovic’s appointment as B&H Minister of Human Rights and Refugees (N1)
• Dzaferovic rejects media allegations in which he was tried to be brought in connection with Iranian general Soleimani (O kanal)
Croatia
• Plenkovic presents priorities of Croatia’s EU Presidency to European Parliament (Hina)
• Plenkovic: Croatia won’t become hotspot for migrants (Hina)
Montenegro
• Minister Darmanovic: There’s room for dialogue with SPC (MINA)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev: US continuously supports the realization of our strategic interests (Republika)
• Mickoski – Byrnes: Fair and democratic elections key to Macedonia’s future (Republika)
Albania
• Albanian political forces reached an agreement to implement electoral reform by 15 March (Radio Tirana)
• OSCE and US Embassy hails the agreement reached by political parties on the electoral reform (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 14 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: There is no RS without Serbia (TV Pink)
• Dacic: National priority of Serbia in the past year, and in the year ahead, is certainly the fight for the preservation of sovereignty and territorial integrity (RTS/Beta/Tanjug/RTV)
• How the US and Russia see the solution of the Kosovo issue (RTS)
• Dacic: Law on Freedom of Religion destabilizes relations between Serbia and Montenegro (RTV)
• Opposition: If regime can change threshold, it can postpone elections (N1)
• Milivojevic: Initiative for lower election threshold to create quasi democracy in Serbia (Beta)
• Report against Inzko to follow (Novosti)
• Belgrade students’ requests on Montenegro submitted to Serbian Presidency (Tanjug/RTV/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: RS will remain military neutral and this stance needs to be respected; RS has all characteristics of state (ATV)
• Yes to Rescue Unit of B&H, but only temporarily (EuroBlic)
• SDP B&H, Our Party, People and Justice and Independent B&H List to sign agreement on joint participation in the upcoming local elections in B&H (FTV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Spasovski celebrates NATO, rather than acknowledging that “North” did not bring anything to the people (Republika)
• Commissioner Varhelyi set to visit Macedonia (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Montenegrin Law on Religious Freedom: Polarization that benefits the government(s)? (European Western Balkans)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 14, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Vetevendosje sends final offer to LDK? (Indeksonline)
• Mustafa: LDK has received a new offer from LVV (Telegrafi)
• Analysts on consequences from delays in forming new government (Telegrafi)
• Thaci calls parties to propose new election commission members (Indeksonline)
• Police arrest two Russian nationals near border with Serbia (Klan Kosova)
• William Walker: Recak must not be forgotten (media)
• Haxhiu: Decision for Assembly Speaker irreversible, elections an option (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Belgrade dissatisfied with small number of chapters opened (BETA, N1)
• Schütz: Agreement on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue has to be sustainable, not hasty (KoSSev)
• KP: Russian, Albanian citizens arrested in Leposavic for “illegal border crossing” (KoSSev, Kontakt plus radio, RTK2)
• New Insajder show on the murder of Oliver Ivanovic: (Not) a perfect crime (Insajder, N1)
• Von der Leyen: Next six months crucial for both EU and Western Balkans (N1)

International:

• Kosovo-Albania future: the many ‘but-s’ that follow the idea of unification (Tirana Times)
• Kosovo President May Seek Court Advice Over Political Stalemate (Balkan Insight)
• Return to Kosovo: The Serbs Who Re-Embraced Their Hometown (Balkan Insight)
• Paralysis in Pristina: poll winners struggle to form coalition govt (RFI, AFP)

Humanitarian/Development:

• ‘The rapist is you:’ Kosovo joins global anti-violence movement (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 9, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

Haziri wants reach of LDK-LVV agreement today (lajmi.net)
Albania’s President and PM react to Iran Supreme Leader’s remarks (media)
Apostolova concerned about Simic’s vehicle: Police to investigate the case (media)
Haxhiu: News on disappearance of Astrit Dehari’s roommate shocked us (Express)
Kandic: If Serbia possesses evidence against Mehmetaj, they should submit them to Kosovo (RTK)
Haradinaj: Kosovo has fulfilled criteria for visa liberalization (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

Dacic: Five countries with undefined status regarding Kosovo (Vecernje Novosti, Kontakt plus radio)
A Serbian List official’s vehicle set on fire in Leposavic (KoSSev, N1)
Serbian List: Burning of Simic’s car is an attack against all free Serbs in Kosovo (TV Most)

International:

Abducted Serb Radio Team Disappear in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 09 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: TurkStream to pay off in 10 to 12 years (Beta/Politika/RTS)
• Vucic: Few world statesman called Serbia and Serbs “a handful of misery” as the newly elected Croatian President Zoran Milanovic once did (B92/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Montenegrin agents will not rule Serbia (Beta)
• Dacic: Five countries in undefined status regarding Kosovo issue (Novosti)
• Dacic, British Ambassador ready to develop cooperation (Beta/Tanjug)
• People at prayer service in front of St. Sava’s Church in Belgrade (Beta/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Marking of RS Day- January 9th (RTRS)
• Conference on ‘Legal and Political Consequences of Declaration on Proclamation of Republic of Serb People of B&H on 9 January 1992’ starts in Sarajevo (Hayat)
• Tensions in the Sarajevo Canton Assembly do not seem to calm down (Hayat)
• B&H to finally get delegations of parliament of B&H in European and international institutions and organizations (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Appointing Ambassador to Serbia first test of Milanovic-Plenkovic cooperation? (Hina/Vecernji list)
• Institute for Development of Croatia-Serbia Relations set up in Vinkovci (Hina)
Montenegro
• Martinovic: Serbian Orthodox Church should be registered just like other religious communities (Pobjeda)
• Deployment of two Montenegrin soldiers in Iraq might be delayed (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Macron changes position, green light for Macedonia in May? (Republika)
• Alliance, Besa and Alternative to run together in the elections (Republika)
• More than a dozen Macedonian nationals at the two attacked US bases in Iraq (Telma)
Albania
• Rama: The opposition’s decision to be involved in electoral process, a good sign (Radio Tirana)
• Missiles at US troops, Meta urges Iran to respect international laws (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Turkish Stream gas pipeline officially launched in grand ceremony (Neftegaz.RU)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 8, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• “We’ll send formal note with PM’s name to Thaci in coming days” (media)
• Kurti assembles party leadership before meeting LDK leader (media)
• Haziri: LDK has not changed requests for coalition (Insajderi)
• Thaci condemns Iranian attacks against the U.S. (media)
• Kurti: The agreement is very close (Gazeta Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic to continue campaign to revoke recognition of Kosovo (Tanjug, N1, Blic, RTS)
• EU carefully monitoring arrest of Kosovo Albanian in Serbia (KoSSev, N1)
• Kosovo official publishes alleged proof of war crimes (KoSSev, N1)
• Anti-Serb graffiti in Kosovo Serb village (Kosovo online, N1, KIM radio, Blic)
• Serbian government official Djuric in Kosovo for Christmas (Srna, N1)
• Telekom Serbia takes over Kosovo cable operator, removes independent TV (N1, KoSSev)

International:

• Bargain Buy: The Kosovo Traders Defying a Town’s Ethnic Divide (Balkan Insight)
• Montenegro Holds Journalist for Stirring ‘Panic’ Over Kosovo Intervention (Balkan Insight)
• EU and the Western Balkans in 2020: The Year of Decisions (EWB)
• The power of perspective: Why EU membership still matters in the Western Balkans (ecfr.eu)

Humanitarian/Development:

• UNDP: An Epic Trail Comes to Life in The Balkans

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Belgrade Media Report 08 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: TurkStream hugely significant for Serbia (RTS)
• Vucic: Pristina would like to implement Podgorica scenario, such preparations are underway (Tanjug/B92)
• First request submitted for assessment of constitutionality of the Law on Freedom of Religion (Tanjug)
• Dacic: We expect new withdrawals of Kosovo recognitions (Tanjug/RTS/RTV/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency members congratulate Milanovic on being elected Croatian President (N1)
• Dodik discusses unity of Serb people and relations of RS and Serbia with Patriarch Irinej in Belgrade (RTRS)
• Croat Caucus in SC Assembly initiates mechanism for protection of vital national interest (O kanal)
Croatia
• Plenkovic meets Macron in Paris, presents priorities of Croatian presidency of Council of EU (HRT1)
• Milanovic speaks to the press (Hina)
• Jandrokovic: HDZ to meet and discuss electoral defeat (Hina)
Montenegro
• New Law on Freedom of Religion becomes applicable from today (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• With a Spanish government in place, Macedonia expects to have its NATO accession fully ratified (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• TurkStream to strengthen Turkey’s energy hub position (yenisafak.com)

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