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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 4, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 4, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• EU Special Representative for Kosovo: Fighting corruption needs constant attention (Prishtina Insight)
• Wilson Center issues report: Consolidating Kosovo’s Sovereignty (media)
• CEC has so far approved 1,960 registration applications from Diaspora (Koha)
• Interest in COVID-19 vaccines increases in Kosovo, 14% of people fully vaccinated (KP)
• COVID-19: 221 new cases, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Grenell’s visit during the “Open Balkans” project is (not) a coincidence (Danas, Kosovo Online)
• Serbia sends police choppers to help North Macedonia’s firefighters (N1)
• Jevtic: By introducing economic measures to Serbia, Kurti wants to end dialogue (Gracanica-online)
• Davenport and Mladenovic on language rights in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Sheholli: ”Dragica ought to be sitting with Albanian women, apologizing, although she is not guilty” (Kosovo Online, Blic, Euronews)
• Kosovo portals say Bregovic inspired massacres (KoSSev, N1, Kosovo Online)

International:

• Serbia’s Ambassador to Russia Lazanski Passes Away (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 4 August 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wedne​sday 4 August 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Imposed decisions are never good, all three peoples in B&H must agree with all decisions (RTS)
Stefanovic: Operation Storm not an operation to liberate, but shameful expulsion of Serbs (FoNet)
Vulin: Operation Storm was biggest ethnic cleansing since WWII (Beta)
Vulin says FBI not involved in breaking up crime group (N1)
Stefanovic denies saying FBI helped in bringing down crime clan (N1/B92)
Popovic: The plan is to weaken us (Novosti)
Tegeltija: Moves of RS were extorted (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt meets B&H Presidency members, Dodik fails to attend the meeting; Schmidt: We will return B&H to international agenda (O Kanal)
Dodik: B&H does not have High Representative (RTRS)
Sarovic welcomes Schmidt’s decision to look for compromise (RTRS)
Kalabukhov: Russia advocates respect for norms of international law and absence of consent of UN SC to Schmidt’s appointment deprives him of necessary legitimacy to be HR in B&H (BHT1/Srna)
Starovic says Schmidt’s thanks to Inzko for imposing of prohibition of genocide denial was not friendly gesture (Srna/Glas Srpske)
Linta: Certain Western power centers are responsible for crisis in B&H because they supported Inzko’s decision and Schmidt’s appointment (Nezavisne)
Tabakovic: Bosniak Caucus does not believe RS CC will grant its motion regarding RS parliament’s conclusions on Inzko’s decision (Hayat)
Petkovic says only Constitutional Court of RS can examine legality of law adopted by RS parlaiment on non-implementation of Inzko’s prohibition of genocide denial (Srna/Nezavisne)
Vulic: Izetbegovic is leading retaliatory policy aimed against RS and Serbs (Glas Srpske)
Cikotic: SIPA is active all over B&H, will continue its work in interest of all citizens of B&H (Dnevni list)
HNS on SDA’s conclusions: 18 unitary demands for continuation of discrimination, for taking control over judiciary and for elimination of non-Bosniaks from all elements of B&H society (Dnevni list)
Izetbegovic says SDA will not one-sidedly accommodate proposals of HDZ B&H, reminds SDA too has its own demands (Dnevni list)
HNC Assembly adopts amendments to HNC Constitution on constituency of Serb people and Bosnian language (N1)
Schmidt welcomes decision of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton to amend Constitution to recognize equality of Serb people and Bosnian language (FTV)
It is still unclear if Open Balkans initiative will be accepted by all countries in the region (Nezavisne)
Kosarac: Open Balkans initiative is opportunity for prosperity of entire region (Glas Srpske)
Croatia

Grlic Radman: High Representative in B&H remnant of past (Hina/FAZ)
Bosniak wartime internees resent Milanovic’s decision to decorate HVO units (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic and Rama open joint border crossing between Montenegro and Albania (Gov. Press Service)
Republic of North Macedonia

Serbia sends four helicopters to extinguish fires in parts of the country; Serbian Interior Minister Vulin visits fire-hit municipality (Republika)
Albania

Rama: Open Balkans is a comprehensive initiative that targets all countries in the region (Radio Tirana)
Grenell: Kosovo was wrong for not taking part in the Open Balkans. I support Rama’s vision for the Balkans. I love Albania and I invite US investors in the country (Radio Tirana/News24)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 2, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 2, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We did not give up on reciprocity with Serbia (media)
• Protest against Open Balkans in front of Albanian embassy in Prishtina (Kallxo)
• Kosovo Defense Minister: We are monitoring fires (Klan Kosova)
• COVID-19: 48 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Politika: Ten countries ready to withdraw recognition of Kosovo’s independence (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Serbia must be open, hatred towards Albanians brings nothing good (Politika, Beta, N1)
• UNESCO lists reasons why Serbian monasteries in Kosovo are endangered (Radio KIM, Euronews Serbia)
• Visegrad Group welcomes Open Balkans Initiative (N1)
• Petkovic: Albin Kurti threatens and ruins the dialogue (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Petkovic with Pinter on situation of Serbs, SOC in Kosovo, dialogue and ‘Open Balkans’ (Kosovo-online)
• One case of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Bajrami: Open Balkan of the Balkans people (Koha)
• Palokaj: Open Balkans cannot be built with deniers of genocide (Koha)

International:

• Trenin: Balkans are not a prime battlefield in the Russia-West confrontation (EWB)

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Belgrade Media Report 2 August 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 2 August 2021


LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Open Balkans is an historic step for the region (Politika)
Vucic: Open Balkans initiative historic (RTS)
Zaev convinced more countries from region will join Open Balkans in spite of negative reactions of Montenegro, B&H and Kosovo (Tanjug/Novosti)
Selakovic: Germany very important political, economic partner of Serbia (Tanjug/RTV)
Visegrad Group welcomes Open Balkans initiative (N1)
Petkovic and Berger on situation in Kosovo and Metohija and Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS)
Dacic: Inter-party dialogue can only succeed if proposals are realistic (RTS)
Medieval monuments in Kosovo remain on UNESCO World Heritage List in danger (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Newly appointed HR Schmidt arrives in B&H, says joint efforts can help B&H return to path of progress (Nova BH)
Dodik: Schmidt is not High Representative (RTRS)
Dodik: Schmidt is not legitimate and not welcome here; RS will not accept new High Representative and will offer strong answer (RTRS)
RS parliament adopts amendments to RS Criminal Code and law on non-implementation of HR Inzko’s decision in RS (RTRS)
RS parliament laws enter into force day after publishing in RS Official Gazette; Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP expected to invoke protection of VNI (N1)
Cubrilovic: Laws adopted by RS parliament are forced solutions for decision made by HR Inzko (ATV)
OHR reminds that HR’s decisions must be implemented, Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP expects from new HR to react before B&H CC is asked to assess constitutionality of RS parliament’s law (BHT1)
PIC SBA strongly condemns escalations of tensions and actions undertaken by RS parliament; Russia does not agree (AJB)
Sarovic: PIC SB exceeds its competences with comments to RS parliament conclusions; PIC should not give lectures to anyone (BN TV)
Vukanovic: Dodik should end coalition with SDA in Srebrenica and remove Durakovic from post; Dodik announces Durakovic’s dismissal (BN TV)
Izetbegovic: Entity parliament cannot impose its will neither on state of B&H nor on OHR (Hayat)
Dzaferovic: Unity of Serb parties is not surprising (O kanal)
Reactions in FB&H: Decisions of RS parliament are legally-groundless and non-binding (N1)
100,000 citizens of RS so far signed petition rejecting imposed decision of outgoing HR Inzko (ATV)
Berger meets B&H Presidency members Dzaferovic and Komsic, members of B&H CEC; Significance of OHR in implementation of new reforms highlighted (AJB)
Izetbegovic attends unveiling of monument in Fazlagica Kula, says they will do everything possible to ‘get revenge in our own way’ (Nezavisne)
Croatia

Inzko’s law: Initiator of changes or road into a bigger chaos? (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Croatia’s PM: Croatia and Kosovo act together in accidents (Hina)
Montenegro

Papovic: Abazovic agreed with Serbian World creators (Vikend novine)
Populism swallowing our reforms, EU silent about Serbian World (Dnevne novine)
Democrats to DF: Go on, overthrow the government, if you dare (CdM)
Krivokapic: I call on all majority parties to elect a non-political Prosecutorial Council (CdM)
Albania

Berisha accuses US Ambassador for racist language (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 29, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 29, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Rama, Vucic and Zaev sign cooperation agreement in line with Open Balkan initiative (euronews.al)
• In 2023 there will be no borders between our countries, Vucic says (euronews.al)
• Zaev: A new wind of cooperation is blowing today in Skopje (euronews.al)
• Rama: Regional cooperation brings us closer to the EU (euronews.al)
• Vucic: If you consider Asterix a disgrace, put Serbia with a square sign (media)
• Concept Paper on justice vetting proceeded for public consultation (Telegrafi)
• Health Ministry: Compatriots living abroad can be vaccinated in Kosovo (media)
• COVID-19: 72 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• “Open Balkans” new name for “mini-Schengen” (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Vucic, Rama and Zaev today at the economic forum in Skopje (media)
• Serbia-US friendship and alliance in 140 years of diplomatic relations (N1)
• Bishop Teodosije met German diplomat Berger (Radio KIM)
• Non-paper: European Council definitively rejects access to document (N1 Slovenia, N1 BiH)
• OSCE on burglary of Dragica Gasic’s flat (KoSSev, media)

International:

• Kosovo Faces Uphill Fight in Claiming Yugoslav-Era Property (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 July 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 29 July 2021

LOCAL PRESS

If we succeed, from 1 January 2023, no borders for Serbian citizens; Mini Schengen becomes Open Balkans (Tanjug/B92/RTS)
Whoever thinks decisions can be imposed, does no good to anyone (RTS/Tanjug)
Serbia-US friendship & alliance in 140 years of diplomatic relations (FoNet/N1)
Petkovic: We will ask for additional security for Dragic Gasic (RTS/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

HR explains he waited for final verdicts to Karadzic and Mladic after which he informed PIC about intention to impose the law (O Kanal)
Zvizdic welcomes amendments to Criminal Code: B&H joined group of civilized countries (Oslobodjenje)
Marinkovic-Lepic: Inzko’s decision is not aimed against Serb people (Oslobodjenje)
Serbian parliamentary majority assesses that Inzko’s decision raised tensions in B&H, but that RS will have Serbia’s support (Glas Srpske)
Prosecutor’s Office of B&H confirms some cases related to Inzko’s decision on amendments to B&H Criminal Code have already been formed (Nova BH)
Dodik confirms he filed report with Prosecutor’s Office of B&H against himself (Nezavisne)
Dodik: RS MoI will be instructed to protect RS citizens from SIPA, OSA and arrests (ATV)
RS parliament to discuss amendments to RS Criminal Code sanctioning persons who show public disrespect for RS, and Law on non-implementation of decision by Inzko (RTRS/ATV)
Dodik proposed formation of RS government of National Unity, but got rejected by opposition (Oslobodjenje/BN TV)
Crnadak: After our appeals Dodik gave up on several radical proposals, such as banning SIPA from working in RS (Dnevni list)
Sarovic says all should jointly participate in protection of RS’ interests (RTRS)
Dodik says over 40,000 RS citizens signed petition against Inzko’s decision (ATV)
Novakovic-Bursac says if Inzko already dared to pass laws, then let him interfere in everything else; Osmanovic says if blockade of institutions by representatives, delegates and ministers from RS continues, that would mean serious violation of Constitution, Dayton Agreement and law (Nezavisne)
Kalabukhov: Russia can in no way be considered threat to B&H, because it is committed to all-round development of equal and mutually beneficial relations with B&H (Glas Srpske)
Croatia

Peljesac Bridge joined together (Hina)
Montenegro

Montenegro needs compromise (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: Balkans is our common European home (Republika)
MPs to discuss Resolution on red lines in negotiations with Bulgaria (Republika)
Election code changes stuck in parliament committee (Republika)
Albania

Rama meets with Zaev, here is the agenda of the Economic Forum for Regional Cooperation (Radio Tirana)
OSCE-ODIHR final report/ US Embassy: We urge all relevant institutions to review the final report and its recommendations (Radio Tirana)
US Embassy on the side of the Supreme Court: Reduce the backlog of High Court cases, Albanians waiting for justice! We support the Reform (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 27 July 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 27, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: The government will help reduce the gap between communities (Koha)
• KIA Chief Petrit Ajeti reports to the supervising committee (media)
• Minister Mehaj gives details about the released from the hospital in Croatia (Zeri)
• Croatian Court sentences driver of crashed bus with one month detention (media)
• Economy committee votes proposal for ERO board members (media)
• Maas: A German citizen among the victims of the bus crash (media)
• 55 patients are being treated with oxygen therapy, one in serious condition (Koha)
• COVID-19: 42 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 58% of Serbian citizens support the EU-mediated BG-PR dialogue (KoSSev)
• Stefanovic: Serbia grateful to Indonesia for support and non-recognition of Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• In Serbian communities in Kosovo one Covid-19 case (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• The genocide campaign (Danas, KoSSev)

International:

• Minuto-Rizzo: Balkans has regained a priority status for NATO (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Summer School on Transitional Justice in Prizren (RTK2)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 July 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 27 July 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: We cannot leave the RS without support (B92/Tanjug)
Mutual support with Azerbaijan for preservation of territorial integrity and sovereignty (RTS)
Potentials for strengthening cooperation with Azerbaijan in numerous areas (RTS)
Dacic ready to work on strengthening parliamentary cooperation with Iran (Beta)
Verbal offense from Racak to Srebrenica (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS parties launch boycott of institutions over HR’s decision (RTRS)
RS parties adopt conclusions and platform for joint reactions towards HR’s decision (Glas Srpske)
Two opposing petitions – one on rejection of Inzko’s decision and other calling for Dodik’s arrest – currently being signed in B&H (N1)
OSCE calls for zero tolerance for inflammatory and divisive rhetoric (Fena)
No representative of RS shows up at session, but B&H HoR Commission for Finance and Budget adopts proposal of budget for 2021 (N1)
MPs in B&H HoR from FB&H expect a good part of their colleagues from the RS to come to B&H HoR’s session on Tuesday and be constructive (Oslobodjenje)
Izetbegovic: Collective annual leave of B&H institutions commences on 1 August and RS representatives just started with vacation seven days earlier; Serb World idea presents threat for entire region (Hayat)
Komsic, Izetbegovic, Kojovic: RS parties will calm down, Dodik is responsible for Inzko’s decision (Oslobodjenje)
Initiative launched in FB&H parliament to start implementing Inzko’s decision to ban genocide denial at lower authority levels in FB&H (Nova BH)
UN’s Nderitu welcomes Inzko’s decision on Criminal Code (Oslobodenje)
HNV welcomes decision of Inzko to amend B&H Criminal Code (FTV)
Croat Party of B&H commends Inzko’s decision to amend Criminal Code (Dnevni list)
RS political representatives, legal experts: Outgoing HR Inzko imposes decision that cannot be implemented and lacks legal grounds (RTRS)
RS officials, Kristo criticize Inzko’s latest decision (EuroBlic)
Croatia

SNV leader says ‘Ustasha will not be allowed to enter Srb’ (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Serbia trying to prove that Montenegro is Serbian state (Pobjeda/TA3)
Republic of North Macedonia

Dimitrov: Deepening cooperation for a more stable region (MIA)
Radev in Austria: Bulgaria is strongest supporter of EU enlargement (Republika)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 23, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 23, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 19 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti calls on Kosovo population to vaccinate (Klan)
• President Osmani received by Japan’s FM Motegi and Emperor Naruhito (media)
• Beqaj: Kurti’s approach to dialogue is right but unrealistic (Telegrafi)
• Questions regarding Kosovo’s international organisation membership bids (RFE)
• Thaci’s lawyer provides guarantee for his release from detention (media)
• Unwavering trust between Ankara and Belgrade (RFE Albanian)

Serbian Language Media:

• 22 years since the murder of 14 Serbian harvesters in Staro Gracko (media)
• Odalovic: It is certainly known who committed the crime in Staro Gracko (RTS, N1, Beta, KiM radio)
• Petkovic with Veselinovic: Mistreatment of Serbs must end (Kosovo-online)
• Rakic: We’ll continue to provide assistance, as it is only way to save our people (Kosovo-online)
• Serbian pilgrims banned from entering Kosovo (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Should Kosovo recognise Serbia? (Prishtina Insight)
• 11 years since the opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s independence (KoSSev)
• Non-Papers and the elephant in the room: Rule of law in the Western Balkans (EWB)

International:

• Montenegro Rules out Changes to Kosovo Border Agreement (Balkan Insight)
• Serbian interior minister in Madrid to discuss police cooperation, Kosovo (Euractive)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 July 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 23 July 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic on Kosovo, cooperation with Albania and North Macedonia (Beta)
Twenty-two years since the murder of 14 Serb reapers (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Serbia, Cyprus for strict respect for international law (Tanjug/RTV)
Joksimovic: Slovenia friend of Western Balkans region (Tanjug)
Lutovac: Citizens have a right to rebel if there are no free elections (Nova/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

UN SC rejects resolution on closure of OHR proposed by Russia and China (BHT1)
B&H officials presented their expectations from UN SC’s session before session took place on Thursday; Sattler welcomes arrival of Schmidt (Nova BH)
Izetbegovic explains to Chinese Ambassador Ping why OHR is still needed in B&H (Nova BH)
Dodik says he will come to meeting with new HR to tell him that he is irrelevant for RS (FTV)
High Representative in B&H imposes ban on genocide denial (N1)
Inzko explained: Why I decided to use the Bonn powers (OHR Press service)
B&H prosecution announces case against anyone who denies genocide (N1)
Tegeltija: Inzko’s decision is a revenge on the new HR (Srna)
Dodik: Inzko’s decision on genocide denial is the last nail in B&H’s coffin; RS has no other option but to start the process of dissolution (N1)
Dodik: I am ready to declare independence next week (Nezavisne)
Izetbegovic: Inzko is leaving B&H with dignity (Fena)
Sarovic: Inzko’s decision is an introduction to strengthening the OHR (Nezavisne)
Borenovic: A politically disastrous move by the outgoing High Representative (Srna)
Niksic: Inzko’s decision is correct and necessary for reconciliation in B&H (N1)
Politicians in FB&H: A great day for B&H (N1)
US Embassy welcomes HR’s decision: Srebrenica genocide is historical fact (N1)
Weber: I think it’s a personal decision of Inzko, it will not yield expected results, a deeply counterproductive move (N1)
HDZ B&H presents its proposal of amendments to Election Law of B&H focusing on election of B&H Presidency members from FB&H and formation of FB&H HoP (Hayat)
Komsic: HDZ B&H’s proposal of Election Law is twilight of democracy, its ultimate goal is to block holding of general elections in 2022 (Hayat)
Mahmutovic: HDZ B&H’s proposal of amendments to Election Law of B&H
tricks key international obligations of B&H to implement ECHR rulings and creates new type of discrimination (FTV)
Other B&H politicians comment on HDZ B&H’s proposal (BHT1)
DF submits its proposal of amendments to Election Law of B&H into procedure defining elimination of all discriminations related to ethnic affiliation, place of residence and value of vote (Hayat)
Sattler: EU will support amendments to Election Law that fully and adequately implement ECHR rulings (Hayat)
OSCE Mission to B&H: Amending Election Law of B&H is necessary in order to ensure integrity of election process and remove previously identified shortcomings (O Kanal)
Dodik: I will advocate implementation of ‘Serb World’ idea, which is very attractive (FTV)
International Independent Commission on Suffering of All Peoples in Srebrenica Area from 1992 to 1995 concludes that there was no genocide in Srebrenica (ATV)
Croatia

NBS objects to Croatia’s intention to put Tesla on Euro coins (Hina)
Montenegro

Pisonero: Professional education system in Montenegro’s interest (RTCG)
Medojevic: Protests should prevent unprecedented betrayal and voter fraud (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

North Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian Presidents hold virtual meeting (MIA)
Vucic wants to rename the Mini Schengen initiative (Republika)
Parliament will discuss the “red lines” resolution next week (Republika)
Ruling majority gives up on its attempt to push ahead with the identity cards bill (Republika)
Albania

Rama, Vucic and Zaev meet online, ”This is the new Balkan” (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 21, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 21, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 5 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Government convinced it will immunise 60% of population (media)
• Abazi: Non-recognition of Kosovo is a threat to the EU security umbrella (media)
• KDI: Assembly should ratify four international agreements (media)
• Assembly without quorum, agreement with European Bank postponed (media)
• Hoti reacts to Murati on budget review: do not deceive the MPs (media)
• Who and what loses from the failure of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (RFE Albanian media)
• Srpska Lista re-elects ‘North Kosovo’s real ruler’ Radoicic as VP (Prishtina Insight)
• A greater involvement of women in decision-making is required (Kosovapress)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian areas without new Covid-19 cases (Radio KIM)
• Why did Erdogan start the “battle for Kosovo” from Cyprus? (B92, Sputnik)
• Vucic reacts to Erdogan’s statement on working to increase recognitions of Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Miftaraj: Borrell and Lajcak are unable to control the dialogue process (KoSSev)
• Mrdalj: Vucic’s concern over position of Kosovo Serbs could encourage new attacks (KoSSev)
• Serbian List with the same leadership in the next four years (RTS)
• Dacic: Recognizing Kosovo is red line Serbia won’t cross (N1)
• SOC Patriarch Porfirije congratulates Eid al-Adha: Holidays should bring us closer (N1)
• Risto Jovanovic sentenced to six months in prison, can be released on EUR 6.700 bail (Kosovo-online)
• Srboljub Veselinovic, an IDP from Prizren, detained at Jarinje crossing (Kosovo Online, Radio Mitrovica sever, KiM radio)

Opinion:

• Greece and Kosovo’s budding relationship (Prishtina Insight)
• “Erdogan doesn’t say anything by accident, such as lobbying for Kosovo independence” (B92, Kosovo-online)

International:

• What Progress Has the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Made? (Balkan Insight)
• Second Vucic-Kurti meeting ends with no agreements (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• The Kosovar scientist at the cutting edge of architecture (Kosovo 2.0)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 July 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 21 July 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: We will oppose lobbying for recognitions of Kosovo (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Vucic: I thought it was impossible to have a worse meeting than the previous one (RTS/Tanjug/TV Pink/B92)
Vucic: Pristina came up with 11 points seeking recognition (RTS)
Petkovic: We remain devoted to dialogue with Pristina (Beta/RTV)
Borrell: Some progress in continued Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
Lajcak: Only agreement between Vucic and Kurti to continue dialogue (Beta)
Dacic: Kosovo wants recognition of independence to be formalized (TV Prva/Beta)
Vucic briefs Dacic on Brussels meetings (RTS)
Presidential, legislative elections to be held in April 2022 (Politika/Beta)
Dacic says Vucic will attend inter-party dialogue next week (TV Happy/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Statements by Vulin spark strong reactions of B&H politicians; Vucic fails to distance himself from Vulin’s statements (O kanal)
B&H politicians strongly condemn statements of Serbian Minister Vulin about creation of “Serb world”; Dzaferovic: Statements on “Serb world” are reminiscent of the 1990s; Izetbegovic: “The Serb world” is another name for Greater Serbia (N1)
Komsic takes over as Chairman of B&H Presidency (Nezavisne)
Ahead 2022 General Elections announcement of candidates for B&H Presidency starts (O Kanal)
EU extends mandate of EUSR in B&H Johann Sattler for two years (Hayat)
EU expects OHR to continue working on meeting of ‘5+2 Agenda’ set as condition for closing down of the OHR in 2008 (Dnevni list/RFE)
Russia requests UN SC to vote on Resolution on OHR in B&H by July 31, 2022 (RTRS)
Tegeltija: B&H ready to be part of Mini Schengen (BHT1)
Kovacevic: We will not give up on Law on CC B&H and replacing foreign judges with domestic experts (Glas Srpske)
B&H CC’s decision on ‘Buk Bijela’ causes reactions; Petkovic: Legitimacy of B&H Concessions Commission questionable; Other reactions (ATV)
Collective funeral for 12 Prijedor victims held at Memorial Center ‘Kamicani’ in Kozarac; Izetbegovic: There was no unfortunate conflict, but aggression, genocide and ethnic cleansing committed by Serb side; Dzaferovic: Crime in Prijedor has elements of genocide (O Kanal)
Croatia

Grlic Radman for shedding light on fate of missing, killed Bugojno Croats (Hina)
Plenkovic meets with Bosnian Croat leader Dragan Covic (Hina)
Grlic Radman: Croat people in B&H is indigenous people and this will be reflected in new B&H Election Law (HRT1)
Maas, Di Maio send letter to EU HR Borrell underlining importance of EU integration of Western Balkans and implementation of limited constitutional and electoral reform in B&H (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

DPS returns to parliament (CdM)
Democrats don’t want to dismiss Kovacevic, although he denied Srebrenica genocide (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev is on collision course with Ahmeti over the mayoral race in Tetovo (Republika)
Sela’s party is also opposed to postponing the municipal elections (Republika)
Albania

Border Changes? WB would end up in mess (ADN)

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