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Belgrade Media Report 4 May

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Publication of non-paper a strategy of circles closer to Pristina (Tanjug/RTS)
Vucic: Elections to be held in March or April (Blic)
Patriarch: I believe in the coexistence of Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija (Radio Belgrade/Tanjug)
Selakovic visits Spain’s Congress of deputies (RTS/Tanjug)
Selakovic: Spain and Morocco important, friendly countries that didn’t recognize Kosovo (Tanjug)
Selakovic: Foreign Ministry to get economic diplomacy sector by end-May (Tanjug)
Vulin: Creating of Serb world is solving national question of Serbs (Novosti)
Russian Balkan Center opened in Belgrade (Tanjug/RTV/Politika/Novosti)
Dacic: Inter-party talks under EP auspices in Serbia not before June (TV Pink/Beta/N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Campara: I am warning Vulin, you will break your teeth on every attempt to start process of uniting of Serbs to detriment of B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik accuses US Ambassador Nelson of undiplomatic behavior: Nelson should not speak on behalf of B&H citizens, which he often does, because citizens did not give him mandate for that (N1)
US Embassy: Our stance on Dayton Peace Accords and future of B&H remains unchanged (Glas Srpske)
Palmer says it is up to people of B&H to bring relations in B&H in order, expresses support of USA (N1/ Dnevni list)
Russian Embassy reacts to Nelson and Palmer’s statements (N1)
Maas rejects claims that Germany took part in drafting non-papers that allude to changing borders in region (O kanal)
Dodik: The RS has prepared its own non-paper (Nova BH)
Dacic: Good thing about non-papers is possibility of autonomy of northern part of Kosovo and merging of the RS with Serbia (RTRS)
RS government sends 25th report to UN Security Council (RTRS)
B&H CEC will not be included in negotiations on changes to Election Law (N1)
Glas Srpske gets insight into document of EEAS that allegedly reads EU is strengthening pressure on B&H regarding changes to B&H Election Law with aim to speed up its European path (Glas Srpske)
Croat Caucus in HNC Assembly launches initiative to give Serbs status of constituent people in HNC (FTV)
SNSD, HDZ B&H delegates in B&H HoP voted against inclusion of Serbian language and Cyrillic alphabet in constitutions of several FB&H cantons (FTV)
Croatia

Borovo hate speech suspects placed in police custody (N1)
Members of IAWG tasked with drawing changes/amendments to Law on Elections of B&H appointed (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Joanikije: Fundamental agreement for now just a draft, government’s position pending (CdM/Radio Svetigora)
Timonier: Nationalist forces in region survive and are an obstacle to reconciliation (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

Osmani in Berlin: Macedonia delivered and deserves to start the EU negotiation process (Republika)
Maas: Dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria to be resolved by experts, without external pressure (Republika)
Albania

Presidency calls for full administration of April 25 election process (ADN)
DP’s Chair refuses to recognize election results (ADN)
The socialists discuss the removal of President Meta (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 4, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 75 new cases, 4 (media)
• EC denies Kocijancic drafted non-paper, “ridiculous speculation” (Lajmi)
• Freedom of speech under threat (Koha Ditore/Radio Free Europe)
• AAK ready to join the dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Dutch PM: Netherlands supports Kosovo efforts to fight corruption (media)
• Kosovo Security Force to take part in NATO exercises in Albania (Telegrafi)
• Haradinaj welcomes KSF participation in NATO exercise (media)
• Croatia denies reports it offered guarantees for Thaci’s interim release (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• EU’s Várhelyi in Belgrade: Bloc sends 651,000 vaccines to region (FoNet, Beta, N1)
• Djuric: We have no non-papers, but our own ”yes-paper” (Tanjug, Blic)
• Kosovo to file genocide charges against Serbia next year; Office for KiM: “Kosovo cannot sue its own state” (KiM radio, KoSSev)
• Biggest problem of media reporting is the lack of cooperation with the institutions (KiM radio, Slobodno Srpski)
• Security, freedom and work of journalists in Kosovo endangered (Kontakt plus radio, KiM radio, KoSSev)
• US State Department on Kosovo: Pressure on media, hampered restitution (media)
• BIRODI: Media in Serbia becoming industry of populism (Beta, N1)
• Vucic receives Russian ambassador (Tanjug, N1, Blic)
• SPC Patriarch: Cohabitation between Serbs & Albanians possible (media)

Opinion:

• The ‘non-paper’ carving up Balkans and undermining Europe (euobserver.com)
• Slovenia’s ‘Non-Paper’ is no Stunt but a Worrying Omen (Balkan Insight)

International:

• In Serbia, fake news is spread by state-backed media (euracticve.com)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Already Isolated, COVID-19 Takes Heavy Toll on Kosovo’s Disabled (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: Every time dialogue was stopped it was exclusively because of Pristina (RTS/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Pristina manipulates with so-called non-paper (RTV)
Bilcik: Serbia not ready for EU membership (N1)
Djuric meets with Reeker (Tanjug)
First meeting on dialogue without EP mediation to be held on 28 April (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

EC President’s office say EU unequivocally supports integrity of B&H (Dnevni list)
B&H Presidency members hold online meeting with Borrell; Dodik: Interest of RS is to discuss open issues (ATV)
Dzaferovic: B&H will remain integral (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik: PIC is maintaining stereotype that the RS is to be blamed for everything (RTRS)
Viskovic: PIC stances are hypocritical; Other reactions to PIC SB’s statement (RTRS)
Sarovic: There will be no war, but stories about referendum, third entity or abolition of entities will continue for as long as these parties are in power (Oslobodjenje)
B&H HoP forms inter-institutional working group that will be tasked with preparing amendments to B&H Election Law (ATV)
B&H HoP rejects SDP’s proposals of changes to B&H Election Law preventing dual mandates (N1)
Covic with State Department’s Chollet: Political agreement on electoral reforms and limited changes to the Constitution are necessary (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Milanovic to recall ambassador to Serbia over his alleged disregard for ethnic Croats (Hina)
Montenegro

Abazovic: We shouldn’t spark tensions over the agreement with SPC (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

In addition to vaccines, Macedonia will receive high-speed railroad line from Vucic (Republika)
Pendarovski meets top EU officials, says Macedonia is ready to resume talks with Bulgaria any time (Republika)
Zaev congratulates Edi Rama in Albanian (Republika)
Albania

Rama declares victory as elections are marked again by vote-buying (Tirana Times)
President delivers a message to the citizens (Radio Tirana)
EU calls for acceptance of result (Radio Tirana)
Rapporteur for Albania in Bundestag: We need cooperation and not warfare! (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 28, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 327 new cases, five deaths (media)
• Kurti will not be part of 11 May dialogue meeting (media)
• Kurti kicks off Brussels visit by meeting Belgian PM (media)
• Germany reiterates it has not authored latest non-paper (media)
• Kosovo needs systematic vetting process, U.S. Embassy says (RFE)
• Thaci congratulates Albania’s Rama on projected election win (media)
• Kosovo to take part in multinational military exercise (media)
• Following petition, Netflix includes Kosovo to the list of countries (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Kurti: A new round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will not be held on May 11 (N1)
• Freedom House says situation in Serbia continues to deteriorate (N1)
• Serbia donated to North Macedonia additional 13.000 vaccines (Kosovo-online)
• Office for KiM: Pristina cannot attribute non-paper to Belgrade (Beta, Novi Magazin)
• Vucic on non-paper, Osmani’s statement, Netflix (Kosovo-online)
• Jeremic: Non-paper trial balloon for Serbian Orthodox Church (KoSSev)
• Stojanovic: Non-paper on Kosovo not acceptable for Serbian citizens (N1)
• The idea of the autonomy of the North close to both Berlin and Paris (Danas)
• Trial to former minister Rikalo and others continues (Kontakt plus radio)
• Army of Serbia donates anti-Covid equipment to EU missions in Africa (N1)
• Djuric with Reeker: Confirmation of Serbia-US partnership (RTS)
• Kandic: ”Why is the Special Court of Kosovo controversial?” (Kosovo Online, Twitter)

Opinion:

• Dangerous map games in the Balkans (ekathimerini.com)
• The baleful phantom of border changes haunts the Balkans (Financial Times)

International:

• Kosovo recalls war victims on National Missing Person’s Day (AP)
• Kosovo War Survivors Nervous About Participating in Guerrillas’ Trials (Balkan Insight)
• Serbia’s Vucic ‘treating the EU as if stupid were its middle name’ (euractive.com)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic after talks with Lajcak: Ready for dialogue, we understood Kurti’s messages (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Von der Leyen: EU ready to support Belgrade-N. Macedonia railway (Tanjug)

Drecun: Continuation of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue not disputable, the agenda is (RTS)

Vucic: I don’t expect pressures in Brussels but talks on Serbia’s future (RTS)

Godfrey: Unresolved Kosovo issue main obstacle on EU path (Beta/Tanjug)

Vucic likely to attend dialogue with opposition that is not mediated by MEPs (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Slovenian government issues statement on disputable non-paper (BHT1)
OHR: Entities do not have right to secession (Glas Srpske/RFE)
SDA: Dodik hides responsibility for secessionist policy with lies (Hayat)
Osmanovic writes to EP, expects from EP to condemn the non-paper (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik: It is clear that concept of unified B&H under principles of SDA and international community has not succeeded (RTRS)
Ivanic: It is obvious that non-paper most of all benefited Dodik and Izetbegovic; Constitution changes are not possible; CoM is not inefficient as if it does not exist (Oslobodjenje)
Radmanovic: Non-paper goes in favor of creating of Greater-Albania and there is no doubt it was created in Albanian kitchen (Glas Srpske)
Niksic: Ethno-nationalist leaders in B&H have lost touch with reality and they are either trying to persuade everyone that everything is good or to increase tensions with warmongering (Face TV)
Dodik: Position of RS is clear, High Representative in B&H is not welcome (RTRS)
Istraga.ba publishes NATO’s document sent to B&H which clearly shows that B&H is aspirant to NATO membership and has activated MAP (O kanal/Istraga.ba)
Komsic confirms authenticity of NATO document (N1)
Cikotic at own initiative stops deployment of B&H police officers to UN Mission in South Sudan (RTRS)
Croatia

President: Croatia flag removal from ambassadorial residence in Belgrade could not happen in Zagreb (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Montenegro ready to share experiences with Kosovo for progress on EU and NATO path (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Protesters demand release of the imprisoned patriots and early elections in October (Republika)
No progress in the latest round of talks between Macedonian and Bulgarian historians (Republika)
Macedonian diplomats plan a mass vaccination trip to Serbia (Republika/MKD.mk)
Albania

Preliminary election results (Tirana Times)
First reaction of the Socialist party after the closure of voting stations (Radio Tirana)
Opposition leader announces victory (ADN)
Kim and Soreca: Be patient and accept the election result! (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 26, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 154 new cases, 11 deaths (media)
• Vaccine rollout gets off to a shaky start (Prishtina Insight)
• EU confirms PM Kurti’s upcoming visit to Brussels (Kallxo)
• Kosovo has written to Romania about the killing of two VV activists (media)
• Assembly adopts in principle bill easing trial in absentia procedures (Kosovapress)
• AAK accuses government of having no vision (media)
• VV’s Kusari-Lila responds to AAK’s criticism against government (media)
• EC stresses position against border changes in the Balkans (RFE)

Serbian Language Media:

• 23 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio KIM)
• Vucic’s two-day visit to Brussels (media)
• Vucic: Ready for dialogue, we understood Kurti’s messages (Tanjug, RTS)
• Petkovic: Kurti showed his aim is to create “Great Albania” (Radio KIM)
• Djuric: Dialog is not a priority, but voting in Albania is (Kosovo-online)
• Drecun: Continuation of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is not disputable; but agenda is (RTS)
• Godfrey: Unresolved relations with Pristina are obstacles to Serbia’s European integration (KiM radio, Novi Magazin)
• Liberation Movement forms Council for Kosovo and Metohija (BETA)
• Health Ministry official: Epidemic measures and mass vaccination in Serbia still necessary (N1)
• Half a million doses of Sinopharm vaccine arrived in Serbia (RTS)
• Serbian Army Chief of Staff: Mandatory military service a long-term solution (N1, Politika)
• Dodik: Idea of RS seceding from Bosnia-Herzegovina discussed in Europe (N1)

Opinion:

• West should stop pushing Kosovo on new Serbian entity (euobserver)
• Kosovo Needs Rescuing From its Middle Eastern Imbroglio (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Kurti’s vote in Albanian elections – controversial but not unprecedented in the Balkans (EWB)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Peace, working together is future (Tanjug/RTS)
Session of Coordination Body for Serbia’s EU accession held (RTV/Tanjug)
Bujanovac joins “Community of Albanian Municipalities in the Region” (Juzne vesti/RTS)
Vucic with Kurti in Brussels in mid-May (Politika)
Dacic calls inter-party dialogue meeting for 28 April (FoNet)
Patriarch tells OSCE mission chief church ready to discuss problems (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dacic’s message to Bosniak politicians in B&H: Do not support independent Kosovo (Dnevni list)
Roth: Fantasies about changing borders belong to failed past (Nezavisne/DW)
US, UK Embassies, EUD condemn negative rhetoric; OHR is silent regarding Izetbegovic’s statements (Dnevni list/RTRS)
Turkovic sends instructions to B&H embassies in regards to non-paper (BHT1)
Reactions to Turkovic’s instruction sent to B&H diplomatic offices regarding non-paper (ATV)
Idea of peaceful dissolution and mentioning of war stir controversy on political scene in B&H (N1)
SDA calls on PIC SB to sanction Dodik due to secessionist threats (Hayat)
Cvijanovic: SDA has undermined all that could have been undermined in already weak B&H and now they want to wage war again and impose sanctions on politicians in RS; RS will not wage war (Srna/RTRS)
RS parties, officials comment Izetbegovic statement, idea of peaceful dissolution; Borenovic calls on Dodik to end political cooperation with SDA (N1)
Leaders of opposition parties in RS meet on Mt Jahorina, discuss preparations for 2022 general elections in B&H, refuse to reveal names of their candidates for Serb member of Presidency, President and PM of RS (N1)
Croatia

Grlic Radman and Logar claim that disputable non-paper does not exist (HRT1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Vucic’s self-pitying whining; he puts himself in role of promoter of Greater Serbia politics, redrawing borders would cause war (CdM)
Abazovic promises public debate and VC’s opinion (Dan)
Injac meets with President Pahor (Gov.PR Service)
Albania

Elections, one killed and four wounded in Elbasan (Tirana Times/VoA)
President seeks return to normalcy as murders, wounding’s engulf Albania (ADN)
EU Delegation: We call for restraint and avoidance of violence (Tirana Times)
Soreca: 50 EU teams to monitor polling stations and the counting process (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 22, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 408 new cases, five deaths (media)
• Maas: Tensions between Kosovo and Serbia hinder their progress (Klan)
• Osmani thanks Szunyog for EU-donated vaccines (media)
• Opposition slams government’s decision affecting pensions (media)
• KFOR: No significant security incident was recorded in the last 10 years against Decan Monastery (Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 26 new cases (KoSSev)
• EP’s Fajon: Ideas about new borders extremely dangerous, especially for Bosnia (NIN, N1)
• Patriarch Porfirije: I appreciate the efforts of Bishop Teodosije, who is falsely accused by those who want to bring unrest (KoSSev)
• Aliferi: Greece doesn’t recognize Kosovo; its stance remains unchanged (Radio KIM)
• Dejan Dimitrijevic from Gracanica fined with EU 2300 over protest gathering (Vecernje Novosti)
• Serbian minister says intergovernmental conference with EU in June (N1)

Opinion:

• Can Kurti use the moment to start genuine inter-ethnic cooperation? (K2.0)

International:

• Disputed Non-Paper is Stirring Dangerous Dreams in the Balkans (Balkan Insight)
• EU action awaited as phantom paper further unhinges Western Balkans (euractive.com)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Vucic discusses new arrangement with IMF (N1)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Petkovic: Brussels agreement important, we insist on its implementation (RTS/Tanjug)
Cooperation between Serbia and Kosovo chambers of commerce and regional initiatives (Beta)
Loud silence of West to announcement on “Great Albania” (Politika)
Serbian and British Armies together in UN Mission in Cyprus (Politika)
Vulin: Serbs should live in one state, Serb national issue should be solved by uniting all Serbs in one state (TV Pink)
Inzko: Do not open Pandora’s box with ‘non-paper (Politika/Tanjug)
Logar: Discussion on alleged ‘non-paper’ is of use to nobody (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kovacevic: RS ruling coalition to discuss information that possibility of peaceful disintegration of B&H is being discussed at numerous important addresses within the EU (Srna/RTRS)
SNSD RS MPs submit initiative for dialogue with FB&H on future of B&H; SNSD members believe that either the ultimatums in B&H will stop or process of peaceful dissolution will begin (N1)
Jansa condemns protest in Sarajevo as extremist (RTRS)
Bogovic: I never heard anything about change of borders in Western Balkans (Dnevni avaz)
Covic: Fabricated documents aimed at diverting attention from fundamental political issues (Dnevni list)
Djokic: Law on Elections should be changed to eradicate political anomalies (Dnevni list)
Organizing Committee for Marking 26th Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide requests from OHR to impose law banning denial of genocide (FTV)
B&H’s Commission for Cooperation with NATO unanimously adopts draft document ‘Program of Reforms 2021’ (Hayat)
B&H lacks any progress in implementation of GRECO recommendations referring to judiciary officials and parliamentarians (Oslobodjenje)
Montenegro

Only Krivokapic and Leposavic got acquainted with content of agreement with SPC (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: Bulgaria has no right to demand any additional concessions from us (TV Klan)
Albania

DP secretary for Kavaja wounded by a firearm inside electoral office (Tirana Times/VoA)
Basha accuses PM of assassination attempt (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia’s Marko Đurić urges ‘just solution’ to bitter Kosovo dispute (The Washington Diplomat)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 20, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 442 new cases, 14 deaths (media)
• EU to send 95,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine to Kosovo (media)
• Vitia signs administrative instruction paving way for vaccine purchase (media)
• President Biden writes to Osmani: Our partnership is rooted in common values (media)
• Aliferi: Greece supports Kosovo’s European integration path (RFE)
• Kusari-Lila: Government to soon present position on dialogue with Serbia (Telegrafi)
• LVV calls for end to government paying electricity bills for the north (Koha)
• Haxhiu: Vetting of judiciary, biggest challenge for Ministry of Justice (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: Two people died, 36 new cases (KoSSev)
• Vucic: Serbia will not recognize Kosovo to get Republika Srpska (N1)
• Brnabic meets WHO Europe Director Klugge (Tanjug)
• Palestine requests Islamic states to cease relations with Pristina (RTS)
• Kosovo dropped eight places on media freedom list (RTV Puls)
• Journalism, a high-risk profession in Kosovo (Kosovo Online, RTS)
• Serbia’s ranking unchanged on World Press Freedom Index (N1)
• Varhelyi: 651.000 vaccines for Western Balkans, Serbia was first to extend help to the region (Kosovo-online)
• Gracanica: Performance ”Contribution to the tax” (Kosovo Online)

International:

• Biden urges to Kosovo continue ‘essential’ talks with Serbia (AP)
• Serbia’s Marko Đurić urges ‘just solution’ to bitter Kosovo dispute (washdiplomat.com)
• Balkans rocked as leaked memo explores redrawing Bosnia’s borders along ethnic lines (euronews.com)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovar biologist calls newly found insect after coronavirus (AP)
• Mediation as a form of reconciliation in schools (UNICEF, social media)
• Brain drain? In Serbia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia there are signs of ‘brain gain’ (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 16, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 537 new cases, 15 deaths (media)
• “Cannot talk dialogue, while our people are dying from lack of vaccines” (media)
• Germany against border changes in the Balkans (media)
• Slovenian President: I’m strongly against border changes (media)
• European Council has no comment on Slovenian non-paper (Express)
• Tahiri: PDK initiated three parliamentary debates on the pandemic (media)
• Kurti confirms he will attend Prespa Summit (media)
• Reactions follow after Lajcak does not refer to Kosovo in tweet (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 17 new cases, one death (Kontakt plus radio)
• Petkovic banned from entering Kosovo, explanation is that he endangers the health and safety of people (Beta, Novi Magazin, RTS)
• Office for KiM: Incidents in Serb areas in Kosovo a consequence of systematic non-response (KiM radio, Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Young men waving Albanian flag in Mitrovica brought in (Radio KIM)
• Serbian List urges international missions and security institutions to preserve peace and prevent incidents (Kosovo-online)
• Commander of the Gracanica police station: I am not thinking of resigning, regardless of the pressures (KiM radio)
• Auto protest over beating of Luka Dimitrijevic in Gracanica (KoSSev)
• Dodik: Separation of Kosovo from Serbia inseparable from the Bosnian state survival (KoSSev)
• Vucic to Quinta envoys and EU: I’m sure Serbia can move faster towards EU (N1)
• Beqaj: The Balkans are a “powder keg”; Jansa’s idea against the values of the EU (Kosovo Online)
• Committee on Constitutional Affairs: Amending the Constitution does not change the preamble on KiM (Tanjug, Kosovo Online, RTS)

International:

• Slovenia Raises Uncomfortable Questions With Talk Of Bosnia’s ‘Dissolution’ (RFE)
• Anti-Semitism Used as Tool in Balkan Disputes: Report (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 14 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Selakovic: Albanian extremism amplifies political instability in Kosovo (Tanjug/Politika/RTS/RTV)
Brnabic expects UNMIK to remain engaged in an undiminished scope and with an unchanged mandate (RTS)
Vucic to Fabrizi: Changes in Law on Information needed (N1)
Godfrey: US deepening commitment to Serbia (Beta)
Dacic: Relations with US among priorities of state policy (Tanjug)
Ambassador: Greece’s position on independence of Kosovo remains unchanged (Tanjug/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: RS will not take part in talks on changes to B&H Election Law if CEC members have any kind of role in that; RS will not engage in war and that only option is peaceful dissolution (ATV)
SDA warns peaceful dissolution of B&H will never happen and can only result in wars in region and entire Europe; RS officials strongly condemn SDA for presenting such threats (EuroBlic)
Pahor: Upon my return from B&H, I am more convinced that EU finds itself in unfavorable situation, in which it must adopt decision on future of Western Balkans soon; Jansa denies that he sent non-paper to Brussels (Nova BH)
EC says there is no info on so-called non-paper of Slovenian PM Jansa on change of borders in Western Balkans and dissolution of B&H (BHT1)
Fajon: Irresponsible behavior in regards to so-called completion of plan on peaceful dissolution of B&H could lead to new conflicts (Nova BH)
US Embassy: B&H is democratic, multiethnic, sovereign and independent country with unquestionable territorial integrity (Hayat)
Dysfunctionality of B&H and its possible dissolution will be main topic of Brdo-Brijuni Summit later this year (Nezavisne)
Grlic Radman: We unconditionally support stability and territorial integrity of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Cavara: Bosniaks want change of concept of organization so the majority people can have absolute rule (Dnevni list)
Inzko says it is pity B&H HoP missed chance to adopt changes to B&H Criminal Code that refer to denial of genocide; Miletic calls on Inzko to use Bonn Powers to impose law banning denial of genocide (FTV)
Authorities in Sarajevo unwilling to remove plaques that call Serb criminals despite support from the Office of the High Representative for their removal (BN TV)
Report by Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Suffering of Serbs in Sarajevo between 1991 and 1995 published on website of RS Center for War Research, War Crimes and Search for Missing Persons (RTRS/BHT1)
Croatia

Serb National Council presents 2020 report on anti-Serb hate speech and violence (Hina)
Milanovic says Serbia must resolve missing persons issue before joining the EU (HRT)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: I recognize certain capacities in Democrats and URA (RTCG/CdM)
Pribilovic: Dacic will not decide on the fate of our state or anyone else outside it (CdM)
Albania

Facebook removes 300 accounts tied to Iranian exile group MEK in Albania (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Meaningful Dialogue, Forward-Looking Policies between Belgrade, Pristina Central to Moving Forward, European Integration, Kosovo Mission Head Tells Security Council (UN Press Release)

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