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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 24, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 24, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Grenell heralds establishment of railway line between Pristina and Belgrade (Koha)
• Konjufca expected to resign, LVV succumbs to pressure from LDK (Lajmi)
• Vetevendosje: No reason for Konjufca to resign Assembly President post (media)
• EU: Elections transparent, well-administered; counting with major shortcomings (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic after meeting Grenell: I do not accept equality sign between retractions of recognition and Pristina’s tariffs (RTS)
• Grenell in Belgrade: If you do not reach agreement, we will withdraw (Tanjug, B92)
• Grenell arrived, bringing a “new Dayton” to Vucic? (Tanjug, B92, Srpski Telegraf)
• Godfrey: Grenell’s visit shows US interest for Western Balkans (RTS)
• Drecun: The White House wants some progress between Belgrade and Pristina (RTS, Kosovo Online)
• Dacic: Ending de-recognition campaign can not be compromise over tariffs (Tanjug)
• Young Kosovo Serb journalists visit ”Klan Kosova” TV in Pristina (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Belgrade-Pristina Flights Won’t Get Kosovo Serbs Airborne (Prishtina Insight)
• Balkans Risks Being Caught in Crossfire Over Middle East (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 23, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 23, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Grenell after meeting Kurti: We discussed economic issues (Koha)
• Kurti: Economic development discussed in meeting with Grenell (media)
• Grenell reiterates after LDK meeting: Economic issues, focal for U.S. (media)
• Thaci: Fruitful meeting with Grenell on dialogue (media)
• Thaci: Ambassadors are not here to put pressure on internal affairs (media)
• Kosovo ranks 101 on TI’s corruption perception index (media)
• Haradinaj meets Andrews, talk about Kosovo-U.S. partnership (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

• Former Pentagon official Carpenter on Kosovo issue (B92, Telegraf, Tanjug)
• NATO tells U.S. Congressman that Serbia can buy arms from whoever it wants (N1, Danas)
• Grenell to visit Belgrade on Friday (Blic, B92)
• Vucic: I appreciate Grenell’s energy, but speeding up talks with Pristina won’t go easily (BETA)
• Grenell to Thaci: Revoke tariffs to achieve progress in Belgrade-Pristina talks (N1, KoSSev)
• Vucic: Charles Michel, EC President, to organize WB leaders meeting in February (B92, Tanjug, TV Pink)
• Serbia has over 100 million euros worth projects in Kosovo (Kosovo-online, N1)
• Djuric: Belgrade-Pristina airline economic arrangement, not political dialogue (Danas, RTV)
• German and French ambassadors to Belgrade: Serbia belongs to the EU, but must meet conditions (FoNet, N1)
• Vucic: “The point is not Amfilohije, but the thesis that I will betray Kosovo” (B92, Tanjug)

Opinion:

• How Has the UN Mission in Kosovo Delivered on Action for Peacekeeping? (IPI Global Observatory)
• The Illusion of Russian Influence in the Western Balkans (The Globe Post)

International:

• U.S. Envoy Urges Kosovo, Serbia Turn Eyes on Economy, Jobs (AP/NYT)
• Corruption Fight Faltering in Balkans, Central Europe, Transparency Says (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo jails eight over plot to kill president and prime minister (Reuters)
• Details of Kosovo-Serbia flight deal revealed (Prishtina Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo’s wealth still buried underground (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 January 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 23 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic and Djukanovic in Israel: positions and standpoints very remote and it is not possible to reach a common position (Tanjug/B92)
• Vucic: Taxes must be lifted in order to have economic development (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Agreement on renewing Belgrade-Pristina flights is only a commercial arrangement with a political message (RTV)
• Cadez: Reintroduction of Belgrade-Pristina flights major step (Tanjug)
• Leitl: Belgrade-Pristina flights very good signal (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SBB B&H, SDP oppose SNSD’s request to have Federation of B&H Vice President, HDZ B&H and SNSD claim request is justified (Nezavisne)
• Avaz carries stances of OSCE, EUD and OHR concerning the renewal of talks on changes of Election Law (Dnevni avaz)
• Kristo: Changes of Election Law have to solve issue of legal representation of peoples (Oslobodjenje)
• Covic meets Pope Francis (Vecernji list)
• Dzaferovic: With submission of Program of Reforms of B&H to Brussels, B&H made commitment to implement reforms and there is no going back (N1)
• Podzic says B&H’s membership to NATO is “done deal” (BNTV)
• Podzic: Ministry of Defense will establish mechanisms for implementation of Program of Reforms of B&H (Glas Srpske)
Croatia
• EU believes all EU citizens should be exempt from US visa regime (Hina)
• Plenkovic: Talks in Davos very useful (Hina)
• Grabar Kitarovic emphasizes the importance of The Three Seas Initiative (HRT)
Montenegro
• Markovic: Resistance to the Law has become conflict with Montenegro (CDM)
• Metropolitanate’s procession cancelled after the protest walk (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• National TV stations boycott government and ministers (Republika)
• The Economist Democracy Index harsh towards Zaev, Spasovski’s government: Macedonia has a “hybrid regime” (Republika)
Albania
• Borchardt: If lawbreakers do not change their behavior, reforms become futile (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• U.S. Envoy Urges Kosovo, Serbia To Focus On Jobs, Economic Development (RFE/RL)
• Serbia expects little from enlargement reform but hopes for more quality, speed (EurActiv)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 21, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 21, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosnett: President Trump has worked hard for agreement to restore Pristina-Belgrade flights (media)
• Veseli: Kosovo on the right track when it has U.S. support (media)
• Veliu: LDK has no other offer for LVV (RTK)
• British Ambassador visits Mustafa prior to LDK’s leadership meeting (Express)
• Mustafa confirms diplomatic pressure for the formation of the government (Express)
• In Davos, Thaci meets Croatian PM Plenkovic (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• US, Serbian presidents welcome Belgrade-Pristina flights agreement (N1)
• Serwer comments on Belgrade-Pristina flight, role of US (B92, Tanjug)
• O’Brien retweeted Vucic (BETA, B92)
• Agreement on airline unclear, however, the influence of the US is clear (Radio KIM)
• Vucic to participate with Thaci in a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Tanjug, B92)
• Serbian president Vucic meets Croatian prime minister Plenkovic in Davos (FoNet, BETA, N1)

Opinion:

• Buckle up, we are in for a bumpy ride (Prishtina Insight)
• EU Has Turned Enlargement into a Hamster Wheel (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Serbia-Kosovo Flights to Resume Under U.S.-Brokered Deal (The New York Times)
• Serb Policemen Plead Not Guilty to Kosovo War Crimes (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Construction on the shore of Badovac Lake a potential environmental problem (Kosovo online)
• A family denied (Prishtina Insight)
• Wounds that don’t heal (Prishtina Insight)
• The World Health Organization to hold an emergency meeting on China coronavirus (B92, Tanjug)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 January 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 17 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic congratulates Mishustin : I am certain we will continue development of friendly relations (RTS)
• Vucic: Elections to be held on 19 or 26 April (TV Prva/Tanjug/RTS)
• Djuric: Belgrade devoted to dialogue, the problem is in Pristina (RTV/Beta)
• Joksimovic: Candidate Countries Should Join Debate on New EU Enlargement Methodology (Beta)
• Cadez: Serbia, region can count on US support (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik, Ivantsov: Any changes to DPA would be death sentence for B&H (RTRS)
• Dodik: Sarajevo needs to return property of Serbian Orthodox Church (RTRS)
• National agreement required in B&H without international interventions (Srna)
• EU to present new methodology for accession of candidate countries and possible candidates to EU (Nezavisne)
Croatia
• Plenkovic on working visit to Germany (HRT)
Montenegro
• Visegrad group wants WB to take part in the discussion on Europe’s future (RSE)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Ahmeti says he was given an offer to partition Macedonia, but he rejected it (Republika)
• Interior Minister Culev discusses election preparations with members of the diplomatic corps (Republika)
Albania
• Commissioner Varhelyi: EU should open accession negotiations with Albania before the Zagreb summit (Radio Tirana)
• Elections in Serbia, Albanians in Presevo Valley united (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Last Chance Saloon: Can the EU and Balkans be Reconciled in 2020? (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 17, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 17, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

Thaci: Kosovo has met visa liberalisation criteria (RTK)
Daut Haradinaj asks LVV: Do you want to go to elections? (Express)
Nagavci: Vjosa Osmani wanted to co-govern with Vetevnedosje (KTV)
Osmani: LDK does not initiate Konjufca’s dismissal, I believe in agreement (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Court for KLA crimes without comment on murder of alleged protected witness (Tanjug)
• “Next months crucial, EU faces risk if it doesn’t send a clear signal to region” (TASS, B92)
• Six years since murder of Dimitrije Janicijevic in Mitrovica North (Radio KIM)
• Djuric: Belgrade committed to dialogue, problem is in Pristina (Danas)
• “Major changes” in Serbian government, Vucic says (Prva TV, N1)

International:

• Kosovo PM Dismisses Rama’s Libel Charge as ‘Decoy’ (Balkan Insight)
• Why is Kosovo Taking Home Islamic State Members? (VoA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 16, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 16, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• “Bringing PAN back to power, Vetevendosje’s worst gift to the people” (Koha)
• LDK’s Abrashi: We don’t have a name yet for post of Kosovo President (T7)
• Haradinaj receives an invitation to attend National Prayer Breakfast (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• “If the killed was protected witness, then this is a rerun of the ‘Haradinaj case’” (Politika, Sputnik, B92)
• Two years ago, Ivanovic was killed; “Serbia will not stop until a killer is found” (Beta, Tanjug, B92)
• Milena Ivanovic: I’m trying to find out the truth on my own, disregarding Pristina (Kosovo-online, B92)
• Milan Ivanovic: Two years is too long, confusing that Belgrade protects Radoicic (N1)
• Memorial gathering to Oliver Ivanovic held in Mitrovica, Srpska Lista attended it (Radio kontakt plus, KoSSev)
• Pantovic: Court proceeding against Darko Tasic unduly prolonged (Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)
• Racak 21 years later: An important event for Pristina, while Belgrade remains silent (KoSSev)
• Two tons of wheat stolen in Novake village (KiM radio, RTS)

Opinion:

• Kelmendi: The (dis)agreement race (Koha Ditore)
• 100 days of nonsense (Prishtina Insight)
• Last Chance Saloon: Can the EU and Balkans be Reconciled in 2020? (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Truth Commission Activists Plan Yugoslav ‘Book of the Dead’ (Balkan Insight)
• Shifting Focus of Kosovo Government Talks Hampers Deal (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Health institute warns: Air pollution is threatening people’s health (media)
• Caglavica: It was agreed to increase police patrols (Radio KIM)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 January 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 16 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Serbia will not give up until the real perpetrators of this crime are discovered (RTS)
• Cadez: Atlantic Council supports Little Schengen initiative (Tanjug)
• Djilas presents “Serbia 2020” Program (Beta)
• Witness to KLA crimes against disloyal Albanians removed (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Cvijanovic and Vucic comment claims of Nacional that Milanovic and Erdogan talked about need to change DPA (RTRS)
• Croats in B&H should not choose between Serbs and Bosniaks (Vecernji list)
• Delegations of SDA and HDZ B&H meet to discuss solving of key problems at state, entity and local level including solution for local elections in Mostar (Vecernji list)
• SDS, PDP, Our Party, SDP and Independent Bloc discuss ways to change Law on Elections of B&H (Nezavisne)
• OHR provides interpretation of current situation in SC Assembly concluding Kristic is legitimate speaker (BHT1)
Croatia
• Croatia sees Montenegro as next EU member state (Hina)
Montenegro
• Markovic: We are open to dialogue about conceptual agreement (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Varhelyi pledges that enlargement toward Balkans will be a priority for the EU (Republika)
• Pendarovski meets Varhelyi (Republika)
• Xhaferi tells Varhelyi he hopes Macedonia will open EU accession talks in March or May (Republika)
• VMRO has a plan to fast-track Macedonia toward the EU, Mickoski tells Varhelyi (Republika)
• New bribery tape – Zaev says “f… the name” (Republika)
Albania
• Venice Commission to discuss Albanian parliament addressed questions at March session (Radio Tirana)
• EU should carry on the enlargement process (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia’s campaign to reduce the number of countries which recognise Kosovo is working (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 15, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 15, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• EU’s High Representative Borrell speaks to Presidents Thaci and Vucic (media)
• Thaci speaks to Borrell, requests visa liberalization (media)
• LDK’s Veliu: Vetevendosje wants absolute power (media)
• Haxhiu: Additional minority ministry will not belong to the Serbian List (media)
• LDK with the old response to LVV: Requests Assembly Speaker’s post (RTK)
• Kosovo leaders remember Recak victims (media)
• OSCE: 45 innocent Albanians massacred in 1999 in Recak (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic and Borrell spoke about Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug, RTS)
• Kosovo police raided house of “Bora Stankovic” school director (RTS, B92)
• Thousands left Kosovo, statistics office says (BETA, N1)
• Archbishop Teodosije: To do all in our power that a neighbour and a brother never turn against one’s own neighbour and brother (KoSSev)
• Serb family in Caglavica robbed (Radio KIM)
• Kabasic: Russian citizens fined 250 euros each (Kosovo-online)

International:

• Kosovo, Serbia Play Blame Game over Ivanovic Assassination (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Prosecutor Seeks Fine For Russians Charged With Illegal Border Crossing (RFE)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Initiative for the protection of Lake Gracanica launched (Kontakt plus radio, RTK2)
• Human Rights Progress Faltering in South and Central Europe: HRW (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 13, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 13, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Hoti: We have made our offer – everything is in LVV’s hands now (media)
• Haxhiu: LDK wants the Assembly speaker post, but to LVV, this is a done deal (Koha)
• President Thaci expected to address Constitutional Court (Indeksonline)
• William Walker, Kosnett at LDK Headquarters (media)
• LDK: Kosnett requests from political leaders to quickly form the government (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Serbia is against Taiwan independence (N1, FoNet)
• Serbia’s FM Dacic: Belgrade priorities are Kosovo and European integrations (N1)
• Albanian flag on Serbian cemetery near Gnjilane (RTS, RTV Puls)
• Milena Ivanovic: I am convinced trail will take a long time (RTS, Kosovo-online)
• Another car set on fire in Leposavic (KoSSev)

International:

• Kosovo Guerrillas’ Gun-Runners Demand Political Prisoner Status (Balkan Insight)
• Time for Policy Change on Western Balkans Emigration (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 January 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 13 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Taiwan is an integral part of China (RTS/FoNet)
• Vucic: The time of Serbia’s acting irresponsibly is over (TV Pink/B92/Tanjug/Beta)
• Dacic, Shieb discuss situation in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/Beta/RTS)
• Djuric: Albanians not united as they used to be (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Lutovac denies DS is divided (N1)
• Election threshold to be lowered to three percent (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HR Inzko: RS is not state and it cannot secede (Dnevni avaz)
• HR Inzko announces he will file report to UN SC because of Dodik’s statements on RS as state, RS politicians strongly criticize this announcement (Nezavisne)
• Salkic: Announcements about secession of RS endanger peace in B&H (Dnevni avaz)
• Komsic: Serbia does not respect CC B&H decision by which RS Day is declared unconstitutional (Hayat)
• French Senator Meurant: RS Day is proof of patriotism and love for people, there is nothing negative about it (ATV)
• Russian Embassy to B&H does not agree with assessment that marking of RS Day is unconstitutional (RTRS)
• West is breaking you apart because it cannot dominate (EuroBlic)
• Dodik and Serbian officials deem there should be discussion on UK government’s document that proves RS leadership had no intention of occupying Srebrenica (ATV)
Croatia
• Plenkovic says EU, UK should show maturity in negotiations (Hina)
• Croatia’s EU Presidency new chance for SE Europe (Hina)
• Milanovic’s presidential term opportunity to improve Croatia-B&H’s relations (Hina)
Montenegro
• Boskovic: We protected Montenegro’s territorial integrity and independence (CDM)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Pazin: Law on Freedom of Religion was adopted so that everybody can have equal rights (BBC)
• Von der Leyen: EU must keep its promise to North Macedonia and Albania (Politico)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 10, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 10, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• President Thaci sends letter to Kurti on government formation (media)
• Vetevendosje calls for patience until new government is formed (media)
• U.S. professor: Kosovo at threat from Erdogan’s sinister agenda (Lajmi)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Gracanica a walk and a prayer in support of Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbs in Montenegro (KIM radio, KoSSev, RTV Mir, Kontakt plus radio, RTK2)
• Serbian school in Oblic damaged (RTK2, KoSSev)
• A woman reported the rape in Kosovo Polje, the suspect questioned and released; A woman in Gnjilan reported physical assault, custody order for the suspect (KoSSev)
• Novosti: Major changes in Serbian diplomacy (Vecernje Novosti, B92)
• Michel: EU needs to send a clear message to Western Balkan countries (Hina, N1)
• Research: Almost 75 percent of Albanians in Albania, and 64 percent in Kosovo want unification (Tanjug, B92)
• Abbot Sava Janjic: Stop toxic rhetoric, Serb and Albanian mothers feel equal pain (KoSSev, Sputnik)

International:

• Repatriated Kosovo Woman Found Guilty of Joining ISIS (Balkan Insight)
• New Probe Into Kosovo Activist’s Death Hears Conflicting Testimonies (Balkan Insight)

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