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Belgrade Media Report 2 July 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 2 July 2020

LOCAL PRESS

SNS declares victory at repeated voting (RTS/Tanjug)
SPS-JS: Coalition won 12.5 percent of votes (RTS/Tanjug)
POKS: We didn’t cross census (RTS/Tanjug)
Ljajic: Two people from Sjenica died after a misunderstanding (RTS)
Obradovic proposes negotiations to Vucic (Beta)
What are the expectations from Germany’s EU presidency? (RTS)
Another 359 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Meeting of leaders of SDA, HDZ B&H and SNSD will probably take place next week; Leaders to discuss appointments at state level (O kanal)
SDA’s Maric optimistic changes to B&H Election Law on Mostar will pass B&H parliament (Oslobodjenje)
B&H FM Turkovic sends diplomatic note to Serbian counterpart Dacic, asking for consent to deployment of two medical teams from B&H to Novi Pazar (Hayat)
EU opens borders for citizens of 15 countries excluding B&H, B&H reacts by reciprocal measures (Hayat)
Weber: EU’s list of safe countries seems to be result of political trade (Hayat)
New regime for entrance of B&H citizens to Croatia enters into force (BH Nova)
B&H confirms 180 new Covid-19 cases (N1)
Croatia

Croatia hands over EU presidency to Germany (HRT)
In Croatia, 81 new cases of coronavirus infection, two people died (N1)
Montenegro

Borders with Serbia to be open when conditions allow (CDM)
Institute for Public Health confirms another 28 coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Commission drafts negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia (MIA)
Dimitrov: Good news from Brussels, EC adopts draft-negotiating framework (MIA)
Language designated as Macedonian in EU negotiating framework (MIA/360 Degrees)
North Macedonia reports 173 new cases of Covid-19, 15 patients have died (Libertas)
Albania

Rama: The blue corridor, an ambition and a priority, which will connect the south of Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece (Radio Tirana)
Albania reports 82 new cases and 3 deaths (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Orbán says Hungary won’t open borders to any non-EU countries except Serbia (Politico)
Dr. Alona Fisher-Kamm – An interview with Israel’s ambassador to Serbia (The Jerusalem Post)
Serbia, The Election of Losers (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 2, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 02, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Veliu meets Lajcak’s adviser, discuss dialogue with Serbia (RTK)
• Grenell to set a date for the meeting at White House soon (Koha, Express)
• Hoti talks to Kurz: Austria will support Kosovo’s EU integration (RTK)
• UK Embassy signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kosovo institutions (media)
• KLA war associations and former political prisoners to protest on 9 July (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Ten new Covid-19 infection cases registered in Serb-areas in Kosovo yesterday (Radio KIM)
• Kesic: A more serious dialogue only after the American elections (Kosovo Online)
• Bieber: Vucic party’s victory proves Serbia is undemocratic country (FoNet, N1)
• Djuric: Citizens choose Vucic’s policy so Serbia can be strong (TV Most)
• Alliance for Serbia says opposition front to be formed (BETA, N1)

Opinion:

• An unexpected pole position: The EU in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (EURACTIV)
• The US and EU Have Both Failed Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• Winston Churchill of the Balkans? (Weltwoche.ch)
• Media should focus on COVID-19, not political drama (Prishtina Insight)

International:

• Kosovo Ex-Guerrillas Vow Protests Against President Thaci’s Indictment (Balkan Insight)
• Biden Compared Indicted War Criminal to “George Washington” (counterpunch.com)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo Court Angers Unions by Blocking Salaries Law (Balkan Insight)
• Coronavirus: Austria issues travel warning for six Balkan states (BBC)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 June 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 30 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vulin: Edi Rama’s friendship cannot be trusted (Tanjug/RTV)
Loncar, Brnabic: Hospital in Novi Pazar has enough medical equipment, health workers (Tanjug/RTS)
Loncar, Brnabic booed in Novi Pazar (N1)
Schieb: Serbia’s EU integration depends on progress in reforms (FoNet)
Due to worsening epidemic situation, CRTA won’t monitor vote in Serbia, CIP will (Beta)
Another 276 cases (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC: Budget of institutions of B&H not adopted yet (BNTV)
RS Emergency Situation HQ adopts decision on closing down all quarantine facilities as of 1 July (BHT1)
Crisis HQ of FB&H Ministry of Health strengthens measures of prevention from spreading of Coronavirus (Hayat/O kanal)
Dzaferovic calls upon B&H institutions to help Sandzak region in Serbia in their fight against Coronavirus pandemic (N1)
Another 109 Covid-19 cases in Bosnia and one fatality (N1)
Croatia

Skoro says in favor of Croat federal unit in B&H (Hina)
Electoral Commission issues rules for voting during pandemic (HRT)
PM discusses EU Presidency with foreign diplomats (HRT)
Bozinovic: List of 15 countries for open borders to include Bosnia and Herzegovina (Hina)
Croatia reports 52 new cases of Covid-19 (N1)
Montenegro

Montenegro opens today last chapter in negotiations with the EU (CDM)
Another three cases of coronavirus in Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Sela: Albanians believed for years, but always disappointed by parties (MIA)
Dimitrov to Siljanovska: Do you want to have Prespa Agreement rescinded? (MIA)
Skopje, Ohrid airports to reopen 1, 2 July with Wizz Air flights (Republika)
North Macedonia reports 126 new cases of Covid-19, 4 died (Libertas.mk)
Albania

Rama to Hoti: Albania will help Kosovo in all its processes (Radio Tirana)
Rama showed support for the leaders of UÇK (Radio Tirana)
Rama meetings with political leaders in Kosovo (Radio Tirana)
Greece confirms opening its borders with Albania (Radio Tirana)
Another 69 COVID-19 cases (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

The Brief – Going to the polls after COVID-19 (EurActiv)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 30, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 30, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Rama: I am here to support Kosovo and its politicians (media)
• PM Rama annuls his meeting with Haradinaj (RTK)
• Orlando: We look forward to visa liberalisation for Kosovo soon! (media)
• 111 patients with coronavirus currently treated at Prishtina Hospital (media)
• Council reacts to Hoti and Zemaj on facemasks remarks (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Tanjug: The EU ‘took note’ of Thaci’s announcement (B92)
• Mihajlovic: Thaci thinks he would manage to ‘cleanse’ his biography as Haradinaj did (Kosovo-online)
• Kosovo police to assist municipal inspectors in enforcing new measures on Covid-19 (Radio kontakt plus)
• Bieber: Enthusiasm for Serbia’s Vucic declining in Germany (Beta, Danas, N1)
• German Ambassador: Serbia’s EU integration depends on progress in reforms (N1, FoNet)
• DPM Rakic met Norwegian Ambassador Grondahi (TV Most)

Opinion:

• PDK’s lawsuit against BIRN can’t hide the truth (Prishtina Insight)

International:

• Kosovo’s president hits out at ‘fabricated’ war crimes charges (Politico)
• Serbia’s Vučić: Kosovo talks must go on despite Thaçi indictment (Politico.eu)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Coronavirus: Worst could be yet to come, WHO warns (BBC)
• Live Blog: Central, Southeast Europe Responds to Uptick in COVID-19 Pandemic (Balkan Insight)
• OpisMEDIJavanje: Fact-checking protects the journalist and the reputation of the media (KoSSev)
• 60 organizations condemn Austrian embassy’s role in ‘illegal’ hydropower operation (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 June 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 26 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Grenell and Vucic rescheduled the meeting (Tanjug/B92)
Vucic: I expect Serbia to become a member of the EU by 2026 (Tanjug/B92/RTS)
Fabrizi: Vucic’s visit to Brussels shows readiness for talks with Pristina (TV Prva/FoNet)
“There’re indications that they’ll sign an agreement, why meet at the White House?” (Tanjug/B92)
Sapic says he is ready to join cabinet (Beta)
Another 193 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: RS purchases three helicopters from Russia, B&H will not be member of NATO (RTRS)
Coordination of Serbs Mostar: Serbs need equal representation in Mostar (FTV)
Dodik: I will impose topic of migrants and demand they be expelled from B&H (ATV)
Croatia implements 14-day self-isolation obligation for citizens of B&H and other countries (O kanal)
SDA: Croatia’s decision was hasty and shortsighted (Hayat)
Other reactions to introduction of self-isolation for B&H citizens in Croatia (N1)
B&H reports 140 new Covid-19 cases in one day (N1)
Croatia

Prime Minister issues message on Independence Day (Hina)
Croatian general election preview (TCN)
Croatia reports 56 new cases of Covid-19 (N1)
Montenegro

Markovic: Dialogue should be held in the institutions (CDM)
National Coordination Body bans religious and political gatherings in open public spaces (CDM)
Institute for Public Health confirms another 35 coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

SEC dismisses complaints over early election campaigning (MIA)
Zaev: We cannot go back to where we used to be (MIA)
Mickoski: VMRO-DPMNE will protect nation’s dignity (MIA)
Alliance for Albanians and Alternativa hold campaign convention in Tetovo (MIA)
North Macedonia registered 163 new cases of Covid-19, 3 persons died (24.mk)
Albania

Accusations against Thaci and Veseli, Rama: Experimental trial that throws mud on all Albanians (Radio Tirana)
Albanian Acting Minister in Washington for Kosovo-Serbia agreement (ADN)
Former minister urges Kosovo-Serbia dialogue to continue (ADN)
In Albania 77 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Kremlin Says Monitoring Impact Of Accusations Against Kosovo Leader On Talks With Serbia (UrduPoint News/Sputnik)
Broken Or A Breakthrough? Surprise Kosovo War-Crime Charges Have Put Balkan Talks In Limbo (RFE/RL)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 26, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 26, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci to deliver address on Sunday, following war crimes accusations (media)
• Thaci: No one can rewrite Kosovo’s history (media)
• Weber: Specialist prosecutors proved to be independent (DW)
• British Embassy concerned over increased attacks against Kosovo Serbs (Klan)
• Two new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Kosovo (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic from Brussels: I expect that Serbia will become a member of the European Union by 2026 (B92, Tanjug)
• Vucic met von der Leyen, Varhelyi and Lajcak in Brussels (B92, media)
• Deutsche Welle: Thaci hoped that Washington would save him? (B92)
• Covic: It is completely clear now that EU, Germany and France work directly against Trump (Kosovo-online)
• “There were indications they’ll sign an agreement, why meet at White House?” (Tanjug, B92)
• Kosovo ambassador demands explanation from KSC; Hoti claims his government will not comment on KSC processes (KoSSev)
• Fabrizi: Vucic’s visit to Brussels shows readiness for talks with Pristina (N1)

Opinion:

• Op-ed: Kosovo should suspend participation in dialogue (Koha)
• Serwer: Kosovo needs to hedge (Peacefare.net)

International:

• After Kosovo President War Crimes Indictment, Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Uncertain (VOA)
• Thaci Trial ‘Should Have Happened Before’, Victims’ Families Say (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kon: Situation with coronavirus is getting worse (Tanjug, B92)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 June 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 24 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic attends Military Parade in Moscow (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic after meeting Putin: “We discussed issues I cannot talk about in public” (B92)
Vucic with Putin on Kosovo and Metohija: Russia respects Serbia’s stands (RTS/Tanjug)
Brnabic: Serbia appreciates EU’s efforts to resolve Kosovo issue (Tanjug)
Godfrey: US is offering Belgrade and Pristina a chance (Danas)
Serbian opposition agrees – parliament illegitimate (Beta)
Another 143 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sattler meets B&H parliament Commission for EU Integration (FTV)
Oslobodjenje interview with B&H Presidency member Komsic (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik arrives in Moscow for Victory Day parade (RTRS)
RS Crisis HQ extends protection measures by 6 July (BHT1)
B&H records 88 new Covid-19 patients, no new fatalities (N1)
Croatia

Plenkovic: 5 July remains election date (Hina)
War, missing, Croatian minority’s status remain in focus of Serbia-Croatia relations (Hina)
Bozinovic: Border regime with B&H and Serbia likely to be changed (Hina)
Croatia reports 22 new Covid-19 cases, a total of 2,388 (N1)
Montenegro

Tensions in Budva continue: Police stand guard in front of the Municipal building (CDM/RTV Budva)
Nuhodzic: Montenegrin institutions will act decisively and strongly to prevent violence (CDM)
Markovic: Montenegro has proven to be the most promising and closest to EU membership (CDM)
Institute for Public Health confirms five new coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Dimitrov: Let’s give Berlin a good argument to help us (MIA)
Roth: W. Balkans to remain an important issue during Germany’s EU presidency (MIA)
Borders to reopen Friday, airports to start operating as of 1 July (MIA)
PM: Opening of borders not a political decision, based on Commission’s opinion (MIA)
North Macedonia reports 136 new Covid-19 cases, 43 patients recover, 8 die (MIA)
Albania

Bushati urges Presevo Valley to unite for national identity (ADN)
Rama: Albania doesn’t have to meet 15 conditions (ADN)
Calavera: There are not 15 conditions to open the first round of talks, they must be met in the future after the opening of talks (Radio Tirana)
Rama in his capacity as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office addressed the 2020 Annual Security Conference (Radio Tirana)
Albania ends state of emergency but some restrictions remain (ADN)
Covid-19 Safety protocol for public transport published (ADN)
In Albania 67 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Meeting with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic (The Kremlin)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 24, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 24, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani: EU has not delivered on visa liberalisation promise (KP/Koha)
• PDK submits request for creation of committee on privatisation (Klan)
• Zemaj: We are trying to pursue mass testing for Covid-19 (Klan)
• 85 coronavirus patients receiving treatment at Infectious Clinic in Pristina (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbia’s army among participants, Vucic among guests at Moscow parade (Beta, FoNet, N1)
• Vucic: I spoke with Macron, I expect swift continuation of Brussels dialogue (Tanjug)
• NGO: Concern over increase in incidents in Serb communities in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio)
• Gracanica: First case of coronavirus infection recorded- unofficial (RTK2)
• Godfrey: America offers Serbia and Kosovo a chance (Danas)
• Grenell denies NYT report Trump will meet Vucic on June 27 (FoNet, N1)
• Vucic after meeting Putin: “We discussed issues I cannot talk about in public” (B92)
• Priluzje residents: Four people dead after ‘consuming suspicious brandy’; KP and Prosecution: Waiting for autopsy results (KoSSev)
• Lajcak: Belgrade-Pristina talks in July, EU insists on implementation of deals (N1, FoNet)
• Detention of Marko Rosic extended for two more months (Kosovo-online)

International:

• Serbia, Kosovo Leaders Expected in Brussels before Washington Meeting (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo talks to focus on economy, less likely to affect US military role (Stars and Stripes)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Western Balkans coal power plants are still breaching pollution limits (emerging-europe.com)
• Vucic: Claims on reduced number of dead and infected in Serbia hypocritical (BETA, N1)
• Serbian anti-Covid-19 Crisis Team: Face masks mandatory in public transport (N1)
• OpisMEDIJavanje: Public service broadcasters should reflect pluralism of society (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 19, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 19, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo PM Hoti: Thaci knows I will lead the dialogue (Gazeta Express)
• Grenell: Land swap was Bolton’s idea, not Trump’s (Fox News, RTK)
• Von Cramon hopes visa liberalization for Kosovo during Germany’s presidency (Klan)
• Pompeo congratulates Hoti for peaceful government formation (media)
• Osmani demands visa liberalization from the EU (media)
• Number of hospitalized with COVID-19 increases, 65 today (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Talks on Kosovo as “chess game”, we are ready for compromise (RTV)
• “Without rule of law, any agreement is dead letter on paper” (Radio KIM)
• Dacic thanks Lavrov for Russia’s support on Kosovo issue (N1)
• European Parliament to debate report on Western Balkans (N1)
• Lajcak to visit Belgrade on June 22 and 23 (FoNet)
• REC adopted election instruction for Sunday elections in KiM (TV Most)
• OSCE will implement practice established and applied in past during these elections (RTK2)
• US Embassy in Pristina: We will not observe elections on Sunday (Kosovo-online, RTV KIM)
• “If exchanging territories is the way…” (Kosovo-online, B92)
• Vucic urged citizens to vote on Sunday’s elections (B92)
• Pre-election silence in Serbia starts at midnight until Sunday evening (N1, FoNet)

Opinion:

• Race for Serbia-Kosovo Deal Betrays America’s Best Principles (Balkan Insight)
• Five mounting challenges for China in the Western Balkans (ECFR)

International:

• Moscow’s Approval Necessary For Any Deal Between Serbia, Kosovo, Lavrov Says (RFE)
• Serbia ready to sacrifice EU membership over Kosovo deal (Reuters)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Balkan Countries Relax Guard Despite COVID-19’s Second Wave (Balkan Insight)
• Media Literacy Project: Beware of hybrid objective journalism (KoSSev)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 June 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 18 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Assessments we received from Russia disturbed us (RTS)
Lavrov: We will support a decision that suits Serbia (RTV/Tanjug)
Vucic, Lajcak, Moscow, Washington … (B92/Tanjug)
Vucic We are not going to Washington with a white flag (Novosti)
Vucic: Parliament to give confirmation of a solution to the Kosovo problem (RTS)
Russia-Serbia partnership does not depend on Belgrade’s dialogue with Brussels – article (TASS/Rossiisakaya Gazeta/Kurir/RTV)
Stoltenberg on Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: Washington meeting first step in the right direction (Tanjug)
Djuric: Hoti is burying dialogue (RTS)
Pre-election silence in Serbia starts at midnight, lasts through Sunday evening (FoNet)
Another 94 cases (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

SDA and HDZ B&H reach agreement on local elections in Mostar after 12 years (Hayat)
US Ambassador Nelson comments on SDA-HDZ B&H talks on elections in Mostar (BHT1)
OSCE B&H about Mostar agreement: Use momentum for overall election reform (Dnevni avaz)
UK Ambassador Field about Mostar agreement: We hope this will serve as basis for solving other issues in election process (Dnevni avaz)
Commissioners Borrell and Varhelyi welcome agreement on Mostar (Dnevni avaz)
Niksic: SDP has no obligation to respect any kind of agreement signed by SDA and HDZ B&H, if that agreement is not in interest of citizens of Mostar and B&H (FTV)
SDP’s Zalihic: SDA fulfilled all wishes of Covic (O kanal)
Komsic about Mostar agreement: SDA and HDZ agreed to try to trick one another (Oslobodjenje)
SBB B&H welcomes agreement on Mostar; Final stance after legal experts analyze it (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik comments Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: Vucic will protect country’s and national interests in the best way possible (ATV)
Migrants open fire at members of RS MoI in Banja Luka’s Klasnice (FTV)
B&H’s coronavirus tally increasing, death toll unchanged (N1)
Croatia

President hosts diplomats accredited in Croatia (HRT)
In Croatia 11 new coronavirus cases identified (Hina)
Montenegro

Epilogue of the drama in Budva: Attack on a police officer, broken glass, 23 arrested persons (CDM)
Reinke: All parties to take part in dialogue and avoid violence (CDM)
Coronavirus returns to Montenegro as seven persons test positive (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Hospitals reorganizing capacities to handle surge in Covid-19 patients (MIA)
Albania

Electoral Reform, the commission expects concrete proposals from the opposition (Radio Tirana)
Kosovo-Albania flights restart after long time (ADN)
In Albania 66 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Moscow to Firmly Counter Attempts to Review Dayton Accords for Peace in BiH, Lavrov Says (Sputnik)
Fajon and Bilčík: Credible, transparent and peaceful elections in Serbia are crucial on the European integration path (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 18, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 18, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Grenell: Kosovo, Serbia leaders to begin new era of stability and prosperity (media)
• Lajcak: Dialogue ready to resume, date to be set soon (media)
• Hoti meets political leaders, VV and PDK boycott meeting (media)
• Nagavci: Hoti and government to know there’s a point they cannot cross (media)
• Limaj: Dialogue should have a name (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic worried about ”Russia’s assessments regarding various plans and ideas” for solving the Kosovo issues (KoSSev, B92)
• Jeremic: Some announcement on Kosovo at White House on June 27 (N1)
• Lavrov today in Belgrade, what are the key topics of conversation (RTS)
• Vucic, Lajcak, Moscow, Washington … and Mile (B92)
• Vucic: EU doesn’t know what to offer us for Kosovo’s UN membership (Vecernje Novosti, Beta, N1)
• Stoltenberg: Meeting in Washington right step in right direction (RTS)
• Why Trump’s withdrawal of 10,000 troops from Germany relates to the Balkans (Klix.ba, B92)
• Lajcak meet Serbian List officials, mayors (N1)
• Djuric: Hoti buries dialogue (RTS)
• Vucic: If SNS doesn’t win an absolute majority, it will not ask for a mandate (B92, RTS)
• Rakic met northern Kosovo mayors (Kosovo-online)

Opinion:

• Don’t count on a White House Kosovo-Serbia breakthrough (Atlantic Council)
• Russia-Serbia partnership does not depend on Belgrade’s dialogue with Brussels (Info Ros)

International:

• Europe Worries Trump May Wreck Chunk of Merkel’s Legacy (Bloomberg)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Film festivals in Kosovo postponed until August (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 June 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 16 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Recognition of Kosovo will not be a topic in Washington, nor will we allow this (RTS/B92/Tanjug)
Grenell: Representatives of Belgrade and Pristina to meet on 27 June in the White House (RTS)
Putin: Russia support Serbia when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija; it is clear that no decision can be made without the UN SC (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Vucic: Brussels agreement did not change constitutional status of part of Serbia (Beta/N1)
Dacic on Grenell’s announcement: The problem is that we don’t trust the Albanians in Pristina (Tanjug/RTS)
Dacic: Serbia to request solution to the Kosovo issue to be verified in broadest international framework, ideally within the United Nations (Novosti)
Dacic, Falconi: Constant improvement of political, economic relations with France (Tanjug)
Processing of all war crimes cases is not suitable for Bosniaks (Politika)
RS will not negotiate again on what has already been agreed upon by (Politika)
Another 59 cases (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

SNSD and HDZ B&H against Cikotic’s appointment to the post of B&H Security Minister (N1)
HDZ B&H insists on amending of Election Law as precondition for formation of new FB&H government (BHT1)
Izetbegovic: In order to reach agreement on local elections in Mostar, it is necessary to solve issue of so called double signature; Comments (BHT1)
SDP, DF and HRS say all parties should be involved in negotiations about elections in Mostar (Dnevni list)
Due to stalemate in public administration reform, Sweden and Denmark decide to withdraw their donations (Nezavisne novine)
SIPA members arrest Topcagic for abuse of office (FTV)
SIPA arrests Councilor in Municipal Council of Novi Grad Sarajevo Hasan Hodzic for taking bribe (FTV)
SIPA arrests man in Sarajevo, suspected of public instigating of terrorist activities and threatening US citizens (Dnevni avaz)
EU borders still closed for citizens of Western Balkan countries (N1)
Tuzla Canton continues to be coronavirus hotspot (FTV)
Inspectors in FB&H intensify controls of catering facilities, supermarkets (O kanal)
B&H reports three new Covid-19 deaths, 45 coronavirus infections (N1)
Croatia

One more coronavirus case confirmed in Croatia, a total of 2,255 so far (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic hands Order of the Montenegrin Flag to senior justice advisor in the US Embassy (CDM)
Pazin: There’s unacceptable concentration of power in courts which reflects in multiple terms of office of presidents (CDM)
Moscow does not believe in Serbian tears (Dnevne novine/Regnum)
Republic of North Macedonia

Political parties agree to hold elections on 15th of July (MIA)
Speaker Xhaferi signs decision scheduling 15 July elections (MIA)
International community welcomes agreement on 15 July elections (MIA)
July 15 elections: Three days for casting votes, 14-hour election day (MIA)
Zaev says health protocols to be coordinated for campaign and Election Day (MIA)
SEC plans election activities, wants protocol for their implementation (MIA)
President Pendarovski declares 8-day state of emergency (MIA)
In North Macedonia 134 new cases of Covid-19, 34 patients recover, 8 die (MIA)
Albania

Cakaj calls Roth: German EC presidency, maximum attention to Western Balkans (Radio Tirana)
EPP calls for inclusion of 15 conditions in resolution (Tirana Times)
In Albania 82 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Balkan Foes Head to White House as U.S. Swipes Talks From EU (American Journal of Transportation)
Does he want a statue too? Trump to host ‘Serbia-Kosovo’ summit in Washington on ominous anniversary (RT)
Foreign ministers discuss Belarusian-Serbian cooperation over phone (BelTA)

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