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Belgrade Media Report 27 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Stefanovic thanks China for supporting Serbia’s territorial integrity (Beta/Politika)
Joksimovic, Portuguese Ambassador on Portuguese chairmanship (Beta)
Petkovic: Vucic’s visit to Kosovo and Metohija not banned but canceled over Patriarch’s death (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV)
Comic: What I am doing now is DS policy (NIN/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Istraga.ba in possession of recording showing how HJPC’s Tegeltija gave promise to former HJPC member Buha that he will appoint her sister as judge in Banja Luka District Court (Al Jazeera Balkans)
OSCE calls on competent bodies to conduct swift and detailed investigation on all allegations concerning corruption and inappropriate behavior of any member of HJPC (Nova BH)
US Embassy: Integrity of High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council and other judiciary institutions is crucial (FTV)
Russian Ambassador Ivantsov holds farewell meeting with RS officials (ATV)
Cvijanovic: Dodik’s address to UN SC was opportunity to hear truth about situation which RS is in (ATV)
Zvizdic warns that he will leave party if those responsible for defeat in local elections do not resign (Al Jazeera Balkans)
Izetbegovic and Zvizdic enter open conflict about responsibility for party’s poor results in local elections (O Kanal/Dnevni avaz/TV SA)
Montenegro

Krivokapic presents composition of the government (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

During a mass rally, Mickoski calls on Zaev to resign (Republika)
VMRO-DPMNE will initiate a vote of no confidence in the Zaev government (Republika)
Today protests in Kumanovo, Tetovo, Veles, Kavadarci, Prilep, Ohrid and Bitola (Republika)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 27, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 764 new cases, 12 deaths (media)
• Hoti: There is no agreement with Serbia on Kosovo visits (media)
• Hoti denies resigning, urges parties to agree on president or election date (media)
• Gashi: There are reports PM Hoti has offered his resignation (Telegrafi)
• Haradinaj says it is unfair KLA leaders stand accused of war crimes (KP/Koha)
• Parliamentary committee to hear allegations against EULEX by former judge (media)
• CEC to enable COVID infected persons to vote from home (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• North Mitrovica Crisis Staff: 78 newly infected with Covid-19 and 17 cured (Kontakt plus radio)
• Gracanica Crisis Staff: 11 people tested positive for coronavirus (KiM radio)
• Petkovic: International representatives to protect Serbs from provocations and attacks (TV Most)
• A family robbed in Preoce village (KiM radio, RTV Gracanica, Kontakt plus radio)
• EU’s Lajčák briefs Bundestag and German MEPs on Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta, N1)
• Shifts in the municipality of Gracanica, director of hospital Bratislav Lazic the new deputy president? (KiM radio)
• Pristina: Fire in a part of Pavilion “E” (KiM radio)
• Milena Ivanovic: I will go to Kosovo to ask for the truth about Oliver’s assassination (Kosovo Online)
• Books by Serbian publishers do not arrive in Kosovo for several years (RTK2)

International:

• Serbia Appoints French Activist to Head Diaspora Office (Balkan Insight)
• In Montenegro, Death of Outspoken Bishop has Political Ramifications (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Ivanusa: Georgia, Andorra and Luxembourg the only ones ahead of Serbia in terms of infected with coronavirus (B92, TV Prva)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Improvement of overall cooperation with US foreign policy priority (Tanjug)
Brnabic: Government resolved to intensify reforms on EU path (RTV/RTS/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Haradinaj Stubla’s statements political violence and violation of agreement (RTS)
Dacic: Stubla’s statement culmination of Pristina’s hypocrisy (RTV/Tanjug)
GRECO Report: Serbia has only partially implemented most of anti-corruption recommendations (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik addresses UNSC: OHR and HR must leave, there is no state property, no room for foreign judges, cooperation with NATO is possible but not membership; Covic criticizes the role of Inzko and policy of SDA (RTRS)
US, France, Germany and the UK condemn Dodik’s speech in UNSC, express support to Inzko (O kanal)
Komsic and Dazaferovic comment on Dodik and Covic’s speech before UNSC (N1)
Izetbegovic: Dodik and Covic showed their true colors with statements during UNSC online conference (Hayat)
Biden listed his priorities; Cooperation with EU in the Western Balkans (Dnevni avaz)
B&H marks its Statehood Day (Hayat)
Pompeo, US Embassy to B&H, Head of EU Delegation to B&H Sattler congratulate B&H Statehood Day (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Kohorst: The United States would like Croatia to opt for its F-16 aircraft (HRT)
Montenegro

Leaders of the three winning coalitions prepare new agreement (Dan)
Medojevic: Krivokapic’s government is weak, it’s a dangerous experiment (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev faces criticism from all sides over his BGNES interview (Republika)
Pendarovski has no comment on Zaev’s shocking BGNES interview (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Zaev: Good neighbourliness continues – there is no turning back (BGNES)
North Macedonia PM’s Remarks About History Hit a Nerve (BIRN)
Bulgaria – North Macedonia, a short-sighted veto on the road to the EU (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 26, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 827 new cases, 19 deaths (media)
• EU warns Kosovo of consequences for not allowing Serbian President visit (Express)
• Hoti responds to Lajcak: We are for the freedom of movement (RTK)
• Ekaterina Trendafilova reappointed President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (Express)
• The Albanian Parliament approves establishment of a special commission for Dick Marty’s report (Koha)
• Mustafa criticizes Minister Haradinaj-Stublla (RTK)
• Haxhiu: LVV does not support any candidate for President without elections (RTK)
• Lindon Kqira: I do not recognise Vjosa Osmani’s decision (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• 52 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths registered in Serbian communities (Radio Mitrovica Sever)
• Stano: EU works daily to facilitate Belgrade-Pristina agreement (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Doctors in Gracanica Clinical Hospital Center warn of alarming state in the health care, the director claims everything is fine (VoA, KoSSev, KiM radio)
• US Ambassador in Pristina says Embassy supports agreement implementation (N1, RTS)
• Petkovic alerts international representatives of Haradinaj-Stublla’s behavior (KoSSev)
• Dacic: Stublla’s statement is the culmination of Pristina’s hypocrisy (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Discovery of new graves reveals new crimes (KiM radio, TV Show ‘Sporazum’)
• New indictment on the assassination of Oliver Ivanovic returns everything to the beginning (RTV Puls, Vecernje Novosti)
• KLA General Staff: In the draft law, it governed the KLA; in The Hague – it only existed on paper (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Under Biden, the US will push for a ‘EU-goslavia’ (opendemocracy.net)
• Stuck in the Russian Web (visegradinsight.eu)
• Two realities: Roma in the EU and Roma in the Western Balkans in the eyes of the EC (EWB)

International:

• Serbia Pledges to Exhume Suspected Kosovar Mass Grave Soon (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Learning a neighbor’s language in Kosovo: It’s easier when we know at least one word (RFE)
• Women of Southeast, Central Europe Protest Rise in Male Violence (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Serbia has no problem to find every missing person (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Vucic, Botsan-Kharchenko on Patriarch, cooperation and joint projects (RTS)
Dodik: High Representative can no longer do any harm to RS, although he is constantly trying to do so (TV Happy)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik and Covic address UN Security Council (RTRS)
Inzko, Covic and Dodik make concluding remarks before UN SC (RTRS)
NATO Parliamentary Assembly adopts report on Balkans which calls on member countries to help B&H overcome political stalemate (Nezavisne)
B&H Presidency members Komsic and Dzaferovic jointly extend their congratulations to citizens on occasion of Statehood Day of B&H (Nova BH)
Radoncic congratulates Statehood Day: Thousand-year state continuity of B&H is unquestionable (Dnevni avaz)
EC recommends opening of negotiation between EU and B&H on Eurojust membership (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Croatian PM’s special advisor Granic: Dayton agreement has been changed to detriment of Croats (Dnevni list)
Montenegro

Abazovic has received threats from Keljmendi’s clan (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Albania

Kamberi worried on trials against Albanians in Presevo Valley (ADN/RTK)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Bosnia and Serbia plan joint military exercise (Radio Free Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 25, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 704 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Hoti: Review of Kosovo’s diplomatic missions to be concluded soon (media)
• Osmani vows to overturn appointment of general consul in Prague (media)
• New consul says his appointment is lawful (media)
• Vetevendosje expects Osmani to annul Shala’s appointment in Prague (media)
• Beqaj: Change in Kosovo possible through Vetevendosje-Osmani cooperation (Koha)
• Kosovars find COVID-19 treatment an expensive affair (Prishtina Insight)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: Two more deaths, 62 newly infected and 15 cured (Kontakt plus radio)
• Meeting scheduled, main topic – urgent procurement of vaccines, announced Vucic (B92)
• Vucic: Serbia has no problem to find every missing person (RTS)
• Milorad Trifunovic passed away – coordinator of families of abducted and missing in Kosovo and Metohija (KoSSev)
• Tadic does not expect a change in US policy towards Kosovo (Danas)
• Thaci is aware of guilt, he avoids responsibility (Danas, Kosovo Online)

Opinion:

• Will Biden bail out ‘George Washington of Kosovo’? (Boston Herald)

International:

• Balkan Countries ‘Still Heavily Dependent on Russian Gas’ (Balkan Insight)
• Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic bet big on Donald Trump, and lost. Now what? (euronews.com)
• War Victims Urged to Raise Voices at Kosovo Guerrillas’ Trials (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• UNFPA: Premiere of “Broken Rib” on the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Kontakt plus radio)
• Hoti: Violence against women needs to be uprooted (KP/Telegrafi)
• U.S. Embassy: Every person deserves a life free from violence (media)
• Pandemic Disrupts Southeast Europe Labour Flows (Balkan Insight)
• Why culture makes smoking a hard habit for the Western Balkans to kick (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 24, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 609 new cases, 13 deaths (media)
• Hoti: Name of the new president or election date to be known soon (RTK)
• Mustafa: Meeting on election of president, next week (media)
• Chief Prosecutor: Trial against Thaci and others not to start later than September 2021 (Koha)
• Hoti committed to implement Washington Agreement (Express)
• Veliu to be invited for a motion about EC Security Report (media)
• Zemaj calls the situation with the pandemic in Kosovo alarming (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Two persons died, 67 new cases of Covid-19 in Serbian communities in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Dacic: No extreme changes in Washington’s attitude towards dialogue with Pristina (FoNet, N1)
• Rakic and Bjørnstad about more frequent attacks on Serbian population (TV Most)
• Vesic to file a lawsuit in Strasbourg (B92, Tanjug)
• Bilčík: EU should be Balkans’ goal, not political playground (DW, N1)
• Reforms leading to EU membership are Serbia’s priorities (FoNet, N1)

Opinion:

• Crimes, victims could easily be revealed with honest willingness in Serbia (Koha)
• A wound that needs healing, not opening (Koha)
• Petar Ristanovic: Leaders of the ”KLA” – Untold biographies (KoSSev)

International:

• A special Kosovo war crimes court will try its ex-president. So how do ‘hybrid’ courts work? (Washington Post)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 23, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 645 new cases, 12 deaths (media)
• Borrell: Kosovo-Serbia land swap, once an option but no longer one (Telegrafi)
• Hoti: Selmanaj’s remarks have been misconstrued (Kosovapress/Koha)
• Vetevendosje calls for dismissal of Deputy Prime Minister Selmanaj (media)
• KWN writes to PM Hoti asking for DPM Selmanaj’s dismissal (media)
• Kosovo Assembly fails to adopt resolution on missing persons (media)
• Osmani: Unfortunate that Kosovo is not allowed CoE membership (media)
• Kosovo delegation meets Croatian PM Plenkovic (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: SPC Patriarch Irinej loved Serbs everywhere, his main concern was Kosovo (N1)
• MP Adem Hoxha joined the Serbian List (KiM radio, Kosovo Online)
• Vesic prohibited from entering Kosovo (KoSSev, KiM radio, Kontakt plus radio)
• The inscription “KLA” on the board at the entrance to Kisnica (KiM radio)
• Gracanica mayor on attempted flag burning (KIM radio)
• Four charged with the murder of Ivanovic in a new indictment, hearing to be held on December 4th (KoSSev)
• BCSP: 70% of Serbs do not believe there will be an armed conflict, 47% of them are ready to take part in a Kosovo conflict (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Serbs Should Mourn Quiet Patriarch Who Avoided Conflict (Balkan insight)
• Cause for Optimism in Albeit Slow Western Balkans Recovery (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Hidden economy at very high levels and increasing throughout the Western Balkans (EWB)
• WHO official says Serbia close to lockdown (N1)
• Over 2,600 migrants in Kosovo, majority of them from Syria (RTK)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Patriarch Irinej passes away (RTS)
Brnabic sends condolences over death of Patriarch Irinej (RTS/Tanjug)
Serbian government: Albanian citizens allowed to enter Serbia with ID card (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Varhelyi tells MEPs Western Balkans are a priority (N1)
Lajcak: EU does not agree with the philosophy that whatever the two sides agree should be accepted (VoA/N1/RTS/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency adopts harmonized, joint statement on DPA (FTV)
EU High Representative Borrell to visit B&H (Hayat)
UK Ambassador Field: DPA can be changed as it was not set in stone (Dnevni list)
Dodik: RS will not perish to save something that does not want to be saved (Glas Srpske)
Clark: We always knew that DPA was not perfect, but it was the best we could do at the time (Al Jazeera Balkans)
US will return focus on constitutional changes in B&H (Dnevni avaz)
B&H politicians comment 25th anniversary of DPA (Nezavisne novine)
Inzko: Agreement on construction of hydroelectric power plant can be signed only with the state (Dnevni avaz)
B&H CEC processes 96.05 percent of ballots for assemblies in RS, FB&H and Brcko District, passes conclusions on election process in Travnik, election irregularities in Doboj, Srebrenica (RTRS/BHT1)
Croatia

Grlic Radman informs EU Foreign Affairs Council about situation in B&H and need to reform B&H Election Law (HRT1)
Borrell’s op-ed: Future of B&H is in EU, we cannot change the past, but we can shape the future – together (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Varhelyi: The first official visit of Krivokapic will be a positive signal (Vijesti)
Knezevic: New government will be voted on 2 December (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

State of crisis about to be declared (Republika)
Zaev removed nine SDSM party local chiefs (Republika/IPortal)
Artan Grubi named in an Albanian political dispute over the “Yellow house” organ harvesting investigation (Republika)
Albania

EU Council fails to agree over negotiating framework for Albania and North Macedonia (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 20, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 11 deaths, 855 new cases (media)
• Osmani: We are tired of irresponsible politicians who show tolerance to Serbia’s rejective policies (media)
• Hardinaj-Stublla made official request to visit mass graves locations in Serbia (media)
• Kizevak explained: EULEX experts describe how they identified the exact location where the human remains were discovered (EULEX, Express)
• Veliu: Serbia exercising violence against migrants near Presevo (RTK)
• Osmani: We are tired of irresponsible politicians who show tolerance to Serbia’s denying policies (media)
• Belgrade Court orders exhumation of human remains from Serbian mass grave (Euronews Albania)
• Kosovo’s Constitution does not specify who replaces acting president (Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• Gracanica Crisis Staff: Seven more newly infected with Covid-19 (KiM radio)
• Serbian Orthodox Church: Serbian Patriarch Irinej reposed in the Lord (media)
• Three-day mourning in Serbia after SPC Patriarch’s death; Putin sends condolences (N1)
• Petar Petkovic: Serbian people has lost its spiritual father and archpastor (Kosovo Online, TV Most, KiM radio)
• Varhelyi tells MEPs Western Balkans are a priority (N1)
• Serbian government official calls for end to attacks on Kosovo Serbs (FoNet, N1)
• Gara: Nine sets of human remains found in 3 months in Kosovo, excavations carried out in North Mitrovica (KoSSev)
• SPO: Government officials “loyal” to Thaci and Veseli presided over “corrupt government pay-outs” to potential witnesses (KoSSev)
• Albanian citizens can enter Serbia using only an ID card (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Kosovo turns blind eye to officials flouting COVID-19 laws (Prishtina Insight)

International:

• Serbia Mourns Aged Patriarch’s Death from COVID-19 (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Odalovic: Mortal remains discovered at Kizevak location near Raska (RTS/Tanjug/KoSSev)
EU expects Belgrade and Pristina not to move embassies to Jerusalem (N1)
EP worried by Serbia’s ruling party dominance during June general elections (N1)
RTS chiefs meet opposition officials (Beta/RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: I really admit that Mister Radojicic’s defeat took a toll on me (Nova BH)
Dodik: RS institutions will invest in every part of RS including Banja Luka (RTRS)
Stanivukovic: Dodik is afraid of me because he cannot buy me (Dnevni avaz)
Newly-elected Bijeljina Mayor Petrovic says he will offer hand and cooperate with everyone in order to build better life for all citizens of Bijeljina (BN TV)
B&H CEC updates preliminary election results bringing certain changes to results in some municipalities including Ilijas and Novi Grad Sarajevo (Hayat)
Political subjects in Mostar sign pledge, promise to ensure fair elections in Mostar (Dnevni list)
Dodik: There is still no agreement on manner of marking 25th anniversary of DPA in B&H on 21 November (BHT1)
Zvizdic: SNSD opposes EU HR Borrell addressing Collegium and Heads of Caucuses of both Houses of B&H parliament (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

President Milanovic lays wreath at Ovcara memorial (Hina)
An estimated 10,000 walk in Vukovar Remembrance Procession (Hina)
Pupovac pays respects to Skabrnja and Nadin victims in Zagreb (Hina/HRT)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: Bulgaria is acting outside the 2017 treaty, violates common sense and democratic norms (Republika/ORF TV)
Zaev calls Bulgaria’s veto “failure to approve” (Republika)
State Department: Skopje and Sofia to resolve the dispute outside accession process (Republika/VOA)
Albania

Bulgaria approves opening of negotiations for Albania, closes the door to North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbian President A.Vucic and Gazprom Neft CEO A.Dyukov launched new complex at the NIS refinery (Neftegaz.RU)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 19, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 15 deaths, 875 new cases (media)
• Hoti: We’re committed to the issue of missing persons (media)
• Gerxhaliu: We’re waiting for official invitation to go to Raska (Telegrafi)
• Hoti in an online meeting with Macron, attempt to resume dialogue? (Lajmi)
• Trepca mineworkers protest over October wages (media)
• Minister: €1 million executed for wages of Trepca mineworkers (media)
• “Kosovo won’t be represented by UNMIK at Energy Community Treaty” (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• One death, 68 new cases in Serbian communities in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• EP worried by Serbia’s ruling party dominance during June general elections (N1)
• Lawyer Tapuskovic: If killed journalists are not in the indictments, the trial of KLA leaders of no use (Kontakt plus radio, UNS)
• The Kosovo inspection checks one pharmacy in North Mitrovica, citizens resented (KoSSev, Kontakt plus radio, Kosovo Online)
• Kisnica: Family Trajkovic worried, provocations continue (KiM Radio, Kosovo Online, Radio Gracanica)
• Borrell: The EU expects Serbia and Kosovo not to move the embassies to Jerusalem (N1)
• Doctors: SPC Patriarch’s health condition deteriorating due to coronavirus (media)
• Dacic: There must be justice for Serbian victims as well (B92, Tanjug, TV Happy)

Opinion:

• Language Is Politics, and Not Just In the Balkans (bnnbloomberg.ca)

International:

• Would-be Balkan EU Members Remain Hostage to Vetos (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• “Europe can avoid quarantine on one condition and I stand behind that claim” (Tanjug, B92)

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