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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 22, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 22, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 66 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Hoti: We’re all working to reduce cases, doctors are on the front line (media)
• “No preparations in education system for second wave of virus” (Telegrafi)
• Grenell calls on Kosovars to back Washington agreements (Prishtina Insight)
• Kosovo, US pledge for ‘investment incentive agreement’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Kosovo, Serbia commerce chambers to set up working group (RFE)
• Who is Richard Grenell (Kosovotwopointzero.com)
• KLA War Veterans say they have received more SPO files (Koha)
• Proposed indictment against Thaci and names of other accused (arbresh.info)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic and Brnabic sign a joint statement with DFC and Grenell (B92)
• Grenell: Realization of agreements means massive employment opportunities (RTS)
• Rukiqi: After a long time, we can talk about business (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Serbia’s in favor of a compromise solution for Kosovo (B92)
• Mihajlovic: Infrastructural projects with DFC worth $ 3.7 billion (N1)
• “Efficiency synonym for American diplomacy” (Radio KIM)
• Everyone talks about it, yet no one has seen it: Israel’s recognition of Kosovo (B92, Vecernje Novosti, KiM radio)

Opinion:

• Western Balkans: The West meets East with its values and interests (EWB)
• Serbia’s 5G deal with Washington: The art of muddling through (ECFR)

Humanitarian/Development:

• UN Urged to Finally Compensate Lead-Poisoned Kosovo Refugees (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Lead Poisoning Victims Still Awaiting Justice (HRW)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 18, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 18, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 57 new cases, four deaths (media)
• Quint countries call on Kosovo not to discredit Specialist Chambers (media)
• Kosovo Assembly fails to pass resolution on dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Schütz: Unimaginable for two EU members not to recognise one another (Koha)
• EU has not set timeline for Kosovo-Serbia dialogue but is against delays (Koha)
• Osmani asks Specialist Chambers to assess Thaci’s proposed amendment (media)
• Abrashi: Trump himself demanded mini-Schengen (Prishtina Insight)
• AAK insists Haradinaj becomes future president of Kosovo (Telegrafi)
• Court finds former Lipjan mayor guilty of abusing power (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Six new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo, three persons recovered (KoSSev)
• Drecun: Pristina wants to play us false, Lajcak succumbs under pressure (RTS)
• Beqaj: The formation of the ZSO is an obligation that needs to be implemented, Hashim Thaci more dangerous for Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Belgrade & Pristina clash over the Community of Serbian municipalities in Brussels (Beta, N1)
• Palestine won’t change policy towards Serbia – yet, envoy tells N1 (N1)
• Djuric: Viola von Cramon false fighter for democracy, blames Serbia without arguments (Kosovo-online)
• Cramon: What was signed in Washington is hard to call an agreement; and it is “not historical” (KoSSev, Danas)
• Petkovic instead of Djuric at helm of Office for KiM? (Danas)

International:

• Spain to recognise Kosovo if it gets Serbia deal (euobserver.com)
• Serbia vows to deepen telecommunication cooperation with China despite agreement signed in Washington (globaltimes.cn)
• Kosovo veterans handed more ‘leaked witness files’ from Hague court (AFP)

Humanitarian/Development:

• A year of big losses (Prishtina Insight)
• Southeast Europe’s Schools Face COVID-19 Challenge as Pupils Return (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 18 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Djuric: ZSO prerequisite for dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
Drecun: Pristina wants to play us out, Lajcak gives in under pressure (RTS)
Lajcak: New round of expert talks complete, to be continued (Beta)
Vulin: They want to break Serbia to pieces (Novosti)
Nabhan: Palestine won’t change policy towards Serbia – yet (N1 TV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Presidency members disagree about Kosovo and relocation of B&H Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (N1)
Dzaferovic’s and Komsic’s moves are leading B&H into self-imposed self-isolation (Dnevni avaz)
FB&H President Cavara: Project of political elimination of Croats has not been given up on, there are open threats now (Vecernji list)
Croatia

Croatian President Milanovic: Komsic feeds off Croatian electorate like a parasite (HRT1)
FM: Croatia insists Croats in Bosnia elect their own government representatives (Hina)
Republic of North Macedonia

Osmani: First intergovernmental conference is already agreed (MIA)
Dimitrov: New methodology allows for more dynamic negotiating process, goal is to make full use of this (MIA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 16, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 16, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 76 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Hoti: There will never be an association with executive competencies (media)
• Thaci: no one has mandate to speak on behalf of Kosovo on already closed topics (media)
• Pacolli: Thaci should call on PDK to bring down Hoti’s government (RTK)
• GLPS: Hoti’s government failed to create unity of political spectrum (media)
• Minister Haradinaj to visit Netherlands, skeptical state on visa liberalization (RTK)
• “Kosovo is not a Muslim country, but a country with Muslim majority” (Alsat)
• Violence against women: Political activists disrupt Kosovo PM Hoti’s speech (Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• Two newly infected with Covid-19 in Serb areas, eight people recovered (Kontakt plus radio)
• US DFC, EXIM Bank express interest in financing Nis-Pristina highway (N1)
• Von der Leyen: Future of Western Balkans in European Union (N1)
• Marko Djuric to take over as Serbia’s ambassador in Washington (N1, nova.rs)
• Vucic: Serbs, united and unanimous, can overcome all adversities (B92)
• Djuric tomorrow in Brussels on ZSO and property (Kosovo-online)
• UNS: Kosovo police banned journalists to report on desecration of church in Babin Most (Danas)
• New Israeli Ambassador to Serbia welcomes White House Agreements (N1)

Opinion:

• “America made a time bomb on European soil,” and it’s in Serbia (B92, Sputnik)
• Diplomacy is not “The Apprentice”. Serbia-Kosovo issue requires A long-term commitment (neweasterneurope.eu)

International:

• The Western Balkans: Between the EU and a hard place (balkancrossroads.com)
• Kosovo President Thaci Hires US Diplomat as Consultant (Balkan Insight)
• US Signs Pledges on Building Serbia-Kosovo ‘Peace Highway’ (Balkan Insight)
• Israel’s deal with Kosovo, Serbia is diplomatic charade (Asia Times)

Humanitarian/Development:

• International Democracy Day: UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations recalls ”OpisMEDIJavanje” campaign and fight against misinformation (KoSSev)
• Serbian citizens still not allowed free entry into EU (B92, Tanjug)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 14, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 14, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 55 new cases, four deaths (media)
• PM Hoti calls for maximal caution from pupils and teachers (media)
• PM Hoti: €10 mil to municipalities as part of economic revival program (media)
• PDK is not pleased with Washington agreement, complains about Hoti (media)
• Plenkovic: Kosovo-Serbia dialogue with two wings, in Brussels and Washington (Koha)
• William Walker contracted to advise President Thaci (Prishtina Insight)

Serbian Language Media:

• Five new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo, one person passed away (Radio KIM)
• Stano: Continuation of talks on non-majority communities and property (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Vucic decided on the government? (media)
• Kosovo Serb Orthodox Diocese on Koha’s text: It spreads ethnic and religious hatred (KoSSev)
• Father Sava: Claims of those calling us usurpers, unworthy of Albanian people sons who respected others (KoSSev)
• Koha: ”Appropriation of medieval Arberian monuments in Kosovo by Serbs” (KoSSev)
• Leaks of dossiers from The Hague – covering up KLA crimes (Politika)
• Pompeo hails Serbia’s announcement to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization (N1)
• Vucic: Lack of reaction to Pristina’s unfulfilled obligation shameful (BETA, N1)
• Vucic: Excellent phone talk with Netanyahu (SRNA, N1)
• Detention of four Serbs arrested at Mokra Gora Mountain extended (RTS)

Opinion:

• Belgrade professor to Grenell: Nobel Prize nomination sounds like mockery (N1)
• After Trump’s Serbia-Kosovo Deal, it’s Over to Brussels (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Serbia-Kosovo Deal Behind Trump Nobel Prize Nod Dismissed As ‘Photo Opportunity’ by Ex-Serbian FM (Newsweek)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Womens’ Network, MPs react against court decision (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 4, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 4, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 119 new infections, three deaths (media)
• WHO recommends use of steroids in critically-ill patients (VOA/Kallxo)
• Grenell: There are no negotiations without surprises (media)
• EU informed about White House meeting agenda (RFE)
• Osmani: Final agreement with Serbia to go through Kosovo Assembly (media)
• Serwer: Serbia will be in a difficult position if it does not recognise Kosovo (media)
• Petritsch: EU to be involved in Kosovo-Serbia agreement (Klan)
• Tahiri: Agreement in Washington to have a clear political framework (Kosovapress)
• President Thaci meets new head of EU Office, Szunyog (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• One new case of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo, six persons recovered (KoSSev)
• Grenell: There must be surprises in negotiations, we will continue pressure (Tanjug)
• Meetings in Washington – how removal of point on recognition is interpreted (RTS)
• Vucic on Washington meeting: Point referring to recognition is no longer there (RTS)
• Dacic: Point 10 in document proposal has no significance at all (BETA)
• Dodik: Demand to recognize Kosovo would raise issue of Bosnia’s RS entity status (N1)
• Bieber: It is not true point 10 demands recognition of Kosovo, Trump using dialogue (N1)
• Serbian Government adopts declaration in support of Vucic in US talks (N1)
• Obradovic: Negotiations in Washington itself represent recognition of Kosovo (N1)
• Jeremic: What is behind ‘hastily’ adopted declaration of support to Vucic (N1)

Opinion:

• Szunyog: I will do my best to support Kosovo on its European path (media)

International:

• Serbia, Kosovo ‘to Sign Economic Deal’ at White House (Balkan Insight)
• In Search for Serbia-Kosovo Deal, Everything is Political (Balkan Insight)
• Hague War Crime Prosecutors Call Kosovo Ex-PM for Questioning (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 4 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 4 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Serbian Government adopts declaration of support to Vucic (RTS)
Mali: Belgrade asked to recognize Kosovo’s independence; Grenell: Not true (Tanjug)
Dacic: Vucic brutally snubs recognition of Kosovo in Washington (FoNet, Pink TV)
Vucic from US: Kosovo’s recognition not on agenda anymore; O’Brien: Good talks (Tanjug)
Brnabic: Vucic is not the kind of person to be served ultimatums, we are a little concerned (Beta, Pink TV)
The meeting between Vucic and Trump has been confirmed if economic agreements are signed (RTS)
Grenell: Serbia, Kosovo deserve vibrant economies (Nova.rs)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: It is clear from Vucic’s statements Serbia wants peace and compromise (ATV, RTRS)
Ambassador Nelson: USA remain dedicated to Dayton peace, but every constitution needs to be changed and adapted to new circumstances from time to time (Nezavisne)
B&H CEC organizes draw of political entities to determine order on ballot for local elections (Nova BH)
Dodik: Instead of sending congratulatory note with wish to cooperate with future Government of Montenegro, crying can be heard from Sarajevo in recent days due to the choice people of Montenegro have made in elections (ATV)
SPS leader Selak: Media and politicians in Sarajevo are undermining stability of Montenegro (Nezavisne)
Izetbegovic, SDP condemn incidents in Montenegro (FTV)

Montenegro
First discords within Montenegrin Opposition around the character of the new government (RTCG)
Challenges of the new government (CDM)
Djukanovic says his party is ready to be opposition in Montenegro, he will cooperate with new government (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

DUI’s Ahmeti leaves Pristina after testifying at Kosovo’s Special Court (MIA)
Our duty is to serve the citizens, PM Zaev tells ministers (MIA)
Gov’t will prioritize EU integration, implementation of reforms, PM Zaev tells EU ambassadors (MIA)

Albania
EU: Discussions on regulatory framework for Tirana and Skopje in September (Radio Tirana)
Rama: There is no sea agreement with Greece without the approval of the President (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 3, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 3, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 78 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Grenell: People of Kosovo and Serbia deserve economic normalization (media)
• Tomash Szunyog starts officially his duty as EU Ambassador to Kosovo (media)
• Hoti and Vucic set for Washington talks (PrishtinaInsight)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo with non negotiable principles at table of talks (media)
• Ex-KLA Commander Agim Ceku summoned by Specialist Prosecutor (media)
• Kosovo Specialist Chambers adopts legal aid regulations (RTK)
• Civil society establishes platform for Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• One new case of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• “Washington’s recipe for Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, economy in service of politics” (RTS)
• Dacic: Outcome of talks depends on what one expected from them (RTS)
• Djuric in Washington: We have prepared wide range of projects (Radio KIM)
• Godfrey: Grenell won’t limit talks (Kosovo-online)
• UNESCO: We closely monitor situation around Visoki Decani Monastery (Kosovo)
• Abbot Janjic worried about Serbian monasteries in Kosovo (Nova.rs, N1)
• Brnabic: Jeremic and Tadic make comments, and did nothing regarding Kosovo (Tanjug)
• Serbian Assembly MPs give support to President Vucic ahead of Washington meeting (Radio kontakt plus)

Opinion:

• Trump Has a Fix for Kosovo. He’s Ignoring It. (Foreign Policy)

International:

• 2020 elections in Serbia most controversial in last 20 years, new report finds (EWB)
• Latest US-EU Discord Bodes Ill for Balkan Stability (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• No test or quarantine: Serbian citizens can travel freely to 18 countries (B92)
• More companies opened than closed in Serbia in first half of 2020 (BETA, N1)

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Belgrade Media Report 3 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 3 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Two-day meeting on Serbia, Kosovo begins at white house, on Sept. 3 (Beta)
O’Brien: Dialogue will promote peace, leaders’ commitment to both Belgrade and Pristina (RTS)
Dacic: The success of the meeting in Washington depends on the expectations (RTS)
Brnabic: It will be difficult in Washington, but there’s no one better for the job than Vucic (Happy TV)
Dveri: Vucic has no authority to negotiate about Kosovo’s status (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Presidency Chair Dzaferovic calls on Djukanovic to exert efforts to protect Bosniaks in Montenegro (BHT1)
Dodik: Stances Dzaferovic presented in conversation with Djukanovic are not stances of Presidency (ATV)
Post-election incidents in Montenegro continue; SDA: This whole situation resembles policy from 1990s; Other reactions from B&H (N1)
SDS sees outcome of Montenegrin elections as motive for political mobilization of supporters of RS opposition bloc, SNSD: SDS engages in mere politicking (RTRS)
Krivokapic: Attack in Pljevlja ordered by those who want to create ethnic tensions (O kanal)

Montenegro
Abazovic: Tensions are suitable for those who lost elections (CDM)
Coalition partners agree to get their act together to preserve fundamental values of Montenegro (CDM)
Djukanovic: Great Serbian national project has been revived (CDM)
DPS calls on citizens to rally in Podgorica on Sunday (CDM)
Milo calls Dritan, Dritan answers (Vijesti)
The European Commission expects calm and restraint in Montenegro (Dan)
CEMI: All actors of the election process have accepted election results (CDM)

Republic of North Macedonia

DUI’s Ahmeti testifies at Kosovo’s Special Court in Pristina (MIA)
Albania
President Meta: Only free and fair elections will clean the country from corrupt politicians (Radio Tirana)
Kosovo seeks labor market agreement in Tirana (Radio Tirana)
Former Interior Minister lobbied U.S. for silence about trial (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 2 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 2 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic, Russian ambassador discuss Putin’s visit to Serbia, Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
Djuric: Washington meeting to deal exclusively with economic issues (Prva TV)
Grenel: Nobody knows what will happen (Tanjug)
Serbian officials react to Djukanovic’s statement (RTS)
Serbian PM says Djukanovic targeting Vucic (TV Happy)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Zunic: Komsic is not hiding discontent with fact his political partner lost elections in Montenegro (ATV)
IZ B&H Head Kavazovic: Situation after elections in Montenegro resembles return of ideologies that led to crimes and genocide in 1990s (FTV)

Montenegro
Several people injured in clash between supporters of opposition and ruling parties in Montenegro (CDM)
Djukanovic: We saw an outburst of intolerance, aggression and primitivism (Newsmax Media)
Abazovic forms government with enemies of Montenegro (Dnevne novine)
Abazovic to the citizens after the incidents: You can feel completely safe in Montenegro (CDM)
They expect Montenegro to continue on its path to the EU (RTCG)

Republic of North Macedonia

Ahmeti to testify at Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (MIA)
Police arrest three men planning to attack targets in North Macedonia (MIA)

Albania
Yuri Kim’s letter to leaders of political parties (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 2, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 2, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 112 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Remittances to Kosovo hit record high (Klan Kosova)
• Open Society Foundations Pledge $1.5 Million for COVID-19 tests in Kosovo (media)
• Kosovo-Serbia dialogue to continue in Brussels on Monday (media)
• DPM Tahiri hopes ‘good news’ will come from Washington (media)
• Abazi: Problem with Serbia is not of economic nature (Zeri)

Serbian Language Media:

• Two new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Grenell: It is not decided yet if President Trump would attend meeting, no secret agreement (Tanjug)
• Return of displaced persons – Colonization: Taboo topics in dialogue (KoSSev)
• Covic: Meeting in Washington important, but not ‘Judgment Day’ (Kosovo-online)
• AFP: White House wants Kosovo deal before presidential elections (N1)
• Survey: Visit of Donald Trump to Serbia would improve relations between two states (Danas)
• Rakic and ambassadors visited northern municipalities (Radio kontakt plus)

International:

• Trump to host summit between bitter enemies Kosovo and Serbia (France 24)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Brnabic: Pandemic measures could be eased or tightened (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 1, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 1, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 147 new cases, eight deaths (media)
• Health Ministry approves import of drugs against COVID-19 (media)
• Limaj: Discussions about president unnecessary (RFE, media)
• Ali Ahmeti to travel tomorrow to The Hague (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Djuric: We will offer package to establish better economic cooperation (Kosovo-online)
• Jeremic: We will talk to world differently than predecessor (Danas)
• EU believes Belgrade-Pristina talks in US will focus on economy only (RFE, N1)
• Ambassador Rosocha: Recognition of Kosovo is not condition for Serbia (CorD, Kosovo-online)
• Vucic and Botsan-Kharchenko on preparations for Putin’s visit, fight against Covid-19 (RTS)
• Online classes in Serbian schools in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)

Opinion:

• Serbia-Kosovo Deals Require Joint International Monitoring (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Serbia, Kosovo leaders gear up for tough US talks (EurActiv)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Serbia strengthens control of anti-epidemic measures; high fines for violations (N1)
• A tiny fruit with big profits: Kosovo’s blossoming raspberry industry (Prishtina Insight)

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