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Belgrade Media Report 28 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: Serbia to resume derecognition campaign, if Kosovo continues lobbying (TV Pink/Beta)
Dacic: Belgrade to carry on if international community does not react to Pristina’s announcements (TV Prva/Beta)
Djuric with Botsan-Kharchenko about problems of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija (RTV/Tanjug)
Stankovic: I don’t recommend anyone to underestimate Serbia (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H HoR adopts harmonized text of Proposal of Law on Budget (O kanal)
Arnautovic: Sole reason for scheduling elections in Mostar for 20 December is the Election Law and fact that changes of law came in force on 18 July (Oslobodjenje)
EuroBlic publishes part of recently declassified US documents which show former US president Clinton advocated attack on Serbs following massacre in Srebrenica (EuroBlic)
Dodik: It is time to review idea of Clinton from 1995 and for Serbs to have referendum on secession (ATV)
SSS B&H holds protest against amendments to Labor Law, calls on FB&H government to withdraw it (Nova BH)
Croatia

Opposition agrees with President’s criticism of Covid-19 response team (Hina)
Montenegro

DPS and DF tried to discredit Becic, Democrats claim (Pobjeda)
Davidovic: We have an obligation only to the people and the church (Dan/In4s)
Republic of North Macedonia

AA/Alternativa coalition holds protest in Skopje against election fraud (MIA)
SDSM: We’ll form a government much more committed to people’s interests (MIA)
After the new statute, VMRO will promote new local and national level officials (Republika)
Alliance of Albanians rejects DUI proposal for a new unified Albanian platform (Republika)
Albania

Parliament approves motion to not impeach President Meta (Tirana Times)
Electoral reform: US & EU call for consensus (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 28, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19 report: 239 new cases, seven deaths (media)
• Thaci: Healthcare workers are the heroes of our time (media)
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs against government-proposed measures (media)
• “Unforgiving for government to treat this as a normal situation” (media)
• Health Minister: These public institutions can be used as hospitals (media)
• Hoti: EU-facilitated dialogue is fully coordinated with United States (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• No new Covid-19 infection cases in Gracanica municipality (Radio KIM)
• Gnjilane Health Center: Out of one hundred tested, 40 positive cases of coronavirus (Kontakt plus radio, RTV Puls)
• Talks in Brussels on Thursday? (Tanjug, B92)
• Dacic: Serbia to continue the action of withdrawal if Pristina continues lobbying (Kontakt plus radio, TV Pink, Vecernje Novosti)
• Atlantic Council to host Western Balkan online summit (N1)
• Djuric with Botsan-Kharchenko on dialogue with Pristina (Radio KIM)
• “Only Serbs did not get the right to self-determination” (Politika, B92)
• “There is only one independent Serbian state in the Balkans, and that is…” (Dnevni Avaz, B92)
• Spiric on construction in northern Kosovo: Policy of Serbia is responsible and peaceful (Kosovo Online)
• Specialist Prosecutor Smith: The investigation I am leading is not a challenge to any particular historical narrative (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Robelli: A national coordinator to fight violence against women (Koha)

International:

• Kosovo wants Apple to correct country’s borders on its maps (AP)

Humanitarian/Development:

• A new WHO warning – Emergency Commission is being convened (Tanjug, B92)
• Global air pollution correlates with COVID-19 worldwide mortality rate, UN says (TASS)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 24, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 213 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Municipalities call on government to review COVID-19 measures (media)
• Hoti stresses dialogue with Serbia is political not technical process (media)
• Thaci: Dialogue with Serbia cannot slide into technical level (media)
• Hoti: Kosovo’s territorial integrity non-negotiable (media)
• Lajcak: Kosovo-Serbia expert meeting was productive (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Serb communities in Kosovo 27 new Covid-19 cases (Kontakt plus radio)
• President Vucic aims to get Serbia back on world stage and this time won’t allow it to be cast as a villain (Pavlovic Today, media)
• First round of Belgrade-Pristina experts’ talks ended in Brussels (RTS)
• Jevtic: Dialogue gives chance to resolve problems (Radio KIM)
• Dodik asks Vucic to negotiate status of Kosovo and Bosnia’s RS region as package (N1)

Opinion:

• Kosovo more divided than ever over dialogue team (Prishtina Insight)

International:

• Balkan Gangs Are Now Leading Global Smugglers, Report (Balkan Insight)
• Grassroots Group Eyes Belgrade on Route to Toppling Serbian President (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Qendra Multimedia performance space shuts down (Prishtina Insight)
• Opposition calls EU to include Serbia in procurement of coronavirus vaccine (N1)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: KFOR is the only legal and legitimate military formation in the province (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
Vulin: Germany violates international law by delivering arms to Kosovo (FoNet/RTV)
Djuric: Serbian delegation travelling to Brussels for technical negotiations (TV Pink)
Romanian Foreign Ministry: No change of stand on Kosovo (RTS)
Fabrizi: Significant part of EU funds to be directed to Serbia (RTS)
Intensive cooperation between foreign ministers of Serbia, China (RTS/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H HoP adopts 2020 B&H budget but text of this document still requires harmonization in both Houses of B&H parliament (BHT1)
Bakalar comments decision of B&H HoP regarding budget (Dnevni avaz)
Dzaferovic: I expect budget to be harmonized and adopted in upcoming days (Hayat)
Sattler: Adoption of the budget will enable holding of local elections, including holding of the elections in Mostar (BN TV)
Statements of Dzaferovic and Izetbegovic on war crimes against Bosniaks spark fierce reactions in RS (EuroBlic/Srna)
Croatia

Croatia to receive more than 22 billion Euros from EU budget and recovery fund (HRT)
Montenegro

Markovic: Negotiations with SPC without results, we only asked them to register (CDM)
Episcopal Council: The government had no sincere intentions, registration humiliation for the church (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: New government coalition to be formed in August (MIA/A1on)
VMRO-DPMNE committee authorizes Mickoski to negotiate for new parliamentary majority (MIA)
Alliance for Albanians and Alternativa to protest against vote rigging next week (MIA/TV24)
Albania

Electoral reform: Gov’t – opposition clash continues (Tirana Times)
Law Commission approves agreement between political parties (Radio Tirana)
OSCE/ODIHR praises the Albanian parliament (Radio Tirana)
Balla meets with Hoti: Focus on two governments’ priorities and economic recovery (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Angela gave the green light, the Germans are arming Kosovo (Sputnik)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 22, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 241 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Thaci: Kosovo has faith in international justice (media)
• Hyseni: Kosovo status not up for negotiations (Telegrafi)
• Hoti: Osmani doesn’t have experience to lead Assembly (media)
• Kurti: Kosovo failed to capitalise on Serbia’s failure at ICJ (media)
• Quni: KSF able to guarantee Kosovo’s sovregnity by 2027 (EO)
• Thaci: Kosovo, the best model of interreligious tolerance and coexistence (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 22 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Serb areas (Kosovo-online)
• Risi: KFOR to do 750 tests per week (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Economic cooperation and Pristina’s obligations to be discussed in Brussels (Tanjug)
• EU allocates € 12.5 billion for Western Balkans (N1)
• Fabrizi says new budget important for Serbia (FoNet, N1)
• Romania does not change stance on Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Serbian DefMin Vulin warns Germany not to arm Kosovo (N1, FoNet)
• Media: Angela gave the green light, the Germans are arming Kosovo (B92, Sputnik, Kosovo Online)

Opinion:

• Restarted, but… (Peacefare/Koha)

International:

• Kosovo Needs National Strategy for Sustainable Peace, Report Says (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• How McKinsey Put ‘Productivity’ At Heart of European Refugee Policy (Balkan Insight)
• Loncar says letter signed by almost 800 doctors “political” (N1)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Odalovic: Most important that dialogue resumed (RTS)
Borell: Belgrade-Pristina meeting important to EU (N1)
US happy with restoration of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta/VoA)
Vucic continues consultations on new government with Dacic (N1)
EC says monitoring rule of law in Serbia (Beta)
Dodik: Entire Serbia should back Vucic as negotiator (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC verifies applications of 87 political parties for participation in local elections in November 2020 (Hayat)
Tegeltija: It is time to appoint Serb director of ITA, blockades are never a solution; Local elections can and must be held (Glas Srpske)
Softic: HDZ B&H cannot block adoption of budget (Dnevni avaz)
FB&H Ministry of Health declares state of epidemic (FTV)
Brussels will include Balkan in package for healthcare (Nezavisne)
Croatia

Brussels summit on EU budget and recovery plans resumes, end not in sight (Hina)
Montenegro

Markovic called on the Serbian Orthodox Church to continue negotiations (Vijesti)
Konjevic: We don’t want to negotiate with those who deny Montenegro’s independence
Republic of North Macedonia

SEC dismisses all complaints over early parliamentary polls (MIA)
Albania

Socialist majority withdraws attempt to impeach President Meta (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Interview: Belt and Road Initiative contributes to global fight against COVID-19, says Serbian scholar (Xinhua)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 20, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 142 new cases over the last 24 hours, four deaths (media)
• Zemaj sets up advisory board in the fight against COVID-19 (media)
• Ministry of Health reacts to COVID-19 ‘cure’ being shared on social media (media)
• Task force recommends doctors diagnose COVID-19 without testing (Koha)
• Hoti: Dialogue coordinator to travel to Brussels for final agreement (media)
• Thaci: Dialogue not to in mutual recognition not technical aspect (media)
• EU expects parties to confirm delegations for experts’ meeting (RFE)
• Hoti: There is no technical dialogue with Serbia (media)
• The U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee calls for visa liberalisation for Kosovo (RFE/Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• 31 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Serb areas in Kosovo (Radio kontakt plus)
• 7 new cases of Covid-19 in the municipality of Gracanica (KIM radio)
• Gnjilane: 21 more people infected (RTV Puls, KIM radio)
• Persons positive on Covid-19 obliged to be in isolation (RTV Puls)
• “Aleksandar Vucic and Edi Rama lead the dialogue” (Danas, FoNet, KIM radio)
• Anniversary of Serb and Roma killings in Orahovac in 1998 marked (Radio KIM)
• Vucic continues consultations on new Serbian government with Dacic (N1)
• Djuric (YIHR): Resolving missing persons issue means revealing hitherto unknown crimes (KoSSev)
• Savkovic: Little maneuvering room for Serbia to avoid agreement; Recognition unrealistic (KoSSev)
• Ilazi: Brussels meeting was symbolic, more important for the EU than for Kosovo or Serbia (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Kosovo needs an election (Transconflict/Koha)
• Why “Kosovo i Metohija” offends (KoSSev)

International:

• COVID-19 Fuels Prejudice towards People of Asian Descent in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Muddy Waters: The Pollution Killing Kosovo’s Lakes and Rivers (Balkan Insight)
• France bans travelers from Serbia (N1, FoNet)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 16, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 132 new cases recorded in last 24-hour period (media)
• One new coronavirus-related death reported in Podujeve (media)
• Italy closes border to Kosovo and region (media)
• Pristina begins serology testing for COVID-19 (Kallxo)
• Thaci’s advisor says Hoti has no consensus for dialogue (Telegrafi)
• Gazeta Express: PDK could decide to join Kosovo’s ruling coalition

Serbian Language Media:

• 39 new cases of Covid-19 infection registered in Serb-populated areas (Kosovo-online)
• Gracanica: Six more people infected with coronavirus (KIM radio)
• European Commission: In the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on all open issues (Danas, Kosovo Online)
• McAllister: The positions of Belgrade and Pristina still very distant (Kosovo Online, DW)
• Bilcik: No easy solution to Kosovo issue (Beta, N1)
• Timothy Less: EU has nothing to offer to Serbia (Tanjug, B92, Kontakt plus radio)
• MIA: The North Mitrovica municipality closed due to Covid-19 among its staff (Kontakt plus radio)
• Jevtic welcomes inclusion of displaced persons as topic in Brussels dialogue (RTV Puls, RTV KIM)
• Council of Europe expresses concern over protests in Serbia (N1)

Opinion:

• Kosovo’s Disunited Negotiators can’t Compete With ‘Monolithic’ Serbia (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Serbia and Kosovo to resume rocky road towards an accord (France24)

Humanitarian/Development:

• EU provides EUR one million aid to finance pandemic medical teams in Serbia (N1)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Belgrade-Pristina dialogue continues with Vucic and Hoti meeting in Brussels (RTS)
Shieb: The goal is comprehensive legally binding agreement between Belgrade and Pristina (RTV/Tanjug)
Less: EU has nothing to offer to Serbia (Tanjug/B92)
RIK allocates terms of office to MPs (Tanjug)
Protest in front of Appeals Court (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H HoR adopts budget of B&H for 2020 (N1)
Tegeltija delivers to B&H HoR decision on appointment of Cikotic as new B&H Minister of Security (FTV)
Sarovic expresses dissatisfaction over appointments of heads of certain agencies carried out by B&H Council of Ministers (BN TV)
Appointments of Serb staff in state institutions of B&H continue to spark reactions (N1)
Cvijanovic: SDS and SDA do not want elections, SNSD has nothing to fear (Nezavisne)
Resolution that condemns genocide in Srebrenica presented in US Congress (N1)
Croatia

EU Ombudsman: Concerns about Von der Leyen support to HDZ ‘well-founded’ (Hina)
Plenkovic: I don’t see any problem with European Commission President participating in HDZ’s election campaign (Hina)
Plenkovic forms new government (Jutarnji list)
Montenegro

Markovic: Hahn is Montenegro’s friend and supporter (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

SEC: SDSM wins 36.13%, VMRO-DPMNE 34.65%, DUI 11.57% (MIA)
Electoral Commission preliminary projection shows SDSM lead by two seats in a hung parliament (Republika)
Zaev: Coalition ‘We Can’ wins, we have three more MP seats, number could rise (MIA)
Janushev: VMRO-DPMNE in race to secure majority for new government (MIA)
Ahmeti: DUI wins 100,000 votes and 12 MP seats (MIA)
Albania

Soreca: EU recognizes the role of parliament in the electoral reform (Radio Tirana)
Meta-Basha meeting/Meta: The opposition must adhere to 5 June agreement (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Italy imposes travel ban on Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo (ANSAmed)

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Belgrade Media Report 14 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic congratulates Macron national holiday of France (RTS)
Chizhov and Lajcak: Resolution 1244 basis for settling Kosovo issue (RTS/Tanjug)
Borell satisfied with continued Belgrade-Pristina talks (N1)
France committed to sustainable stability of Western Balkans (Beta)
Italy supports renewed EU-mediated Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
SDA rejects Vucic’s invitation for government formation talks (Beta)
Kamberi: We submitted our demands, to be followed by decision on government (FoNet/Tanjug)
Jeremic: Regime infiltrated thugs to deter protesters (Balkan Insider/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC warns that funds for local elections in B&H still have not been secured (BHT1)
EUD calls on political leaders in B&H to secure funds for elections (O kanal)
Dodik: Agreement on appointments fell apart, it is uncertain whether B&H budget will be adopted (ATV)
Dodik: Ruling coalition in RS has capacity to initiate process of changing Constitution in order to eliminate problems and structures imposed by High Representative (ATV)
Croatia’s decision on restrictions for citizens of B&H continues to spark reactions (N1)
Croatia

PM hints at streamlined government (HRT)
All non-EU citizens entering Croatia have to undergo self-isolation as of Monday (HRT)
Montenegro

Mugosa: The infection is spreading like wildfire (CDM)
Markovic – Michel: Montenegro is leader in the EU accession process (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

SEC: 723 Covid-19 patients and people in self-isolation exercise voting right (MIA)
Government condemns attacks on MIA journalist, calls MoI and prosecutor’s office for urgent action (MIA)
Albania

Government & opposition clash over electoral reform (Tirana Times)
CDU Adviser, Henze: A coup d’etat is being carried out in Albania (ADN)
EU Commissioner meets with Albania’s Chief Negotiator for EU (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci says talks with Hague prosecutors ‘price of freedom’ (DW/AP/AFP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 14, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Two more patients die from COVID – 19 (media)
• Hospital in Vushtrri transformed into hospital for COVID – 19 patients (media)
• Osmani: PM’s Legal Office endorsed Anti – COVID 19 Law (media)
• PDK calls for urgent increase of salaries of healthcare professionals (media)
• Justice minister Selimi to be part of Kosovo negotiating team (EO/Klan Kosova)
• Roth: Western Balkans at the centre of Germany’s engagement (DW)
• UK welcomes resumption of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)
• KSF ready to support efforts to fight COVID-19 (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Elek: 93 persons hospitalized at Clinical-Hospital Center in Mitrovica North, one person passed away (KoSSev)
• Gracanica: New measures and announcement of fines, and the old problem (KIM radio)
• Hashim Thaci’s indictment will remain unknown until October (B92, RTS)
• PM Brnabic denies lack of transparency during coronavirus pandemic (N1)
• Vucic congratulates Macron, convinced in his support of Serbia’s EU path (BETA, N1)
• Samardzic: ”Vucic is going to Brussels again without a strategy” (KIM radio, Beta, N1)
• Maas: I will travel to Belgrade and Pristina, dialogue is priority (RTS)
• Serbian NGOs call on the EU to insist on core values in Serbia (KIM radio, EWB)

Opinion:

• A manual: how to lose the battle with COVID-19 (Prishtina Insight)
• Surroi: Kosovo yet to realise how dramatic situation with COVID – 19 is (Koha)

International:

• Corrupt clans or startups? Kosovo must now choose (Die Welt)
• Serbia ‘Provided War Crimes Evidence’ Against Kosovo President (Balkan Insight)
• Public anger rises across Balkans as coronavirus toll grows (Financial Times)

Humanitarian/Development:

• New restrictive measures added following jump in coronavirus cases (Prishtina Insight)
• Austria bans flights from Western Balkans (N1, DW)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 09, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo government not in support of draft law on pandemics (RTK)
• Government endorses action plan for increase of Covid-19 tests (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo PM ready to declare state of emergency over coronavirus (Gazeta Express)
• Roth: EU must grant Kosovo promised visa liberalization (Die Welt, Express)
• LVV does not vote international agreements, endorsement fails (media)
• Gucati: Indictment proposal against KLA leaders, direct attack on Kosovo (media)
• Assembly does not approve LVV’s draft resolution on dialogue (media)
• UNMIK assists Malisheva with anti-Covid-19 protection equipment (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

• In all Serb areas, 139 newly infected in the last three weeks of testing (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio)
• Dacic: Visit to Paris important, matter of Kosovo recognition does not exist for Serbia (TV Pink, Tanjug)
• Vucic: We know how to maintain peace (N1)
• Stefanovic: An attempt to seize power by force (B92)
• New riots in Belgrade; speculations about who provokes clashes (N1)
• Vucic: No compromise with the vandals; Involvement of foreign security services proven (B92)
• Russian Ambassador rejects allegations or Russia’s involvement in unrests in Belgrade (B92)
• US Embassy closely follows events, condemns all violence (media)

Opinion:

• “Kosovo Serbs always suffer the consequences of instability in Serbia” (KIM radio)
• What ‘Twiplomacy’ reveals about the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue (neweasterneurope.eu)

International:

• Kosovo’s Thaci To Go To The Hague For Interview With War Crimes Prosecutor (RFE)
• Serbia Protests Meet Violent Response in Europe’s 1st Major Virus Unrest (The New York Times)
• Serbian President ‘Has the Evidence’ to Resolve US Albanians’ Murders (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo’s hospitals receive influx of COVID-19 patients (Prishtina Insight)

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