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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 17, 2021

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• COVID-19: 277 new cases, three deaths (media)
• World leaders congratulate Kosovo on independence anniversary (media)
• U.S. to encourage new government to continue dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Biden says Kosovo holds ‘special place’ for his family (AP)
• Kurti: I would vote to unify Albania and Kosovo (euronews)
• Vetevendosje does not want to co-govern with PDK, LDK, and AAK (Koha)
• LDK’s Mustafa calls LVV’s victory damaging for Kosovo (Koha)
• Abazi declares Mini-Schengen dead under LVV governance (RTK)
• Brnabic: Regrettable that dialogue is not Kurti’s priority (media)
• International analysts say Kurti may face pressure on dialogue (Telegrafi)
• Albin Kurti has promised to change Kosovo. He has a fight on his hands (euronews)
• Kurti has no limitations for being prime minister, opposition may dispute it (KP)
• Judge at Kosovo court alerts EU diplomats to attempts to undermine court’s work (RFE)
• Kosovo Ex-Guerrillas Claim Prosecution is Hampering Their Defence (BIRN)
• Kosovo and Italy sign security agreement for the first time (Koha)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 16, 2021

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• COVID-19: 219 new cases, two deaths (media)
• CEC updates election results: LVV leads with 47.85 (media)
• Albin Kurti gives interviews to AP, AFP (media)
• Citizens of Kosovo congratulated for holding orderly elections (media)
• Blinken: Kosovo-Serbia agreement requires readiness for compromise (RFE)
• Haxhiu: Dialogue with Serbia not a priority for LVV (Koha)
• Haziri congratulates LVV, Osmani, vows LDK’s comeback (Koha)
• Gervalla insists they will have votes to elect new president of Kosovo (Klan)
• “AKR will never contribute to institutional blockade” (Kallxo)
• Ahmeti: Power for LVV came at the worst possible time (media)
• Prelec: Kurti’s victory leaves aside dialogue with Serbia (RFE)
• Kosovo’s leftwing party polls record score in elections (FT)
• Kosovo could try to move war crimes court to Pristina, judge warns (euronews)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 15, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

CEC: 47.08 percent voter turnout in Sunday’s election, Vetevendosje leads
Kurti, Osmani pledge for justice and equal opportunities for all (media)
Vetevendosje on course for landslide victory (Prishtina Insight)
Political leaders react to initial election results (media)
Leaders in the region congratulate Kosovo for successful elections (media)
Kosovo leaders urged people to exercise their right to vote (media)
International officials called on people of Kosovo to go out and vote (media)
Skenderaj mayor boycotts voting in protest of CEC’s stance on security cameras (media)
Allegations of ballot absence reported in several polling stations (media)
Voting irregularities confirmed during Kosovo’s snap elections (BIRN)
Serbia claims two TV crews banned from entering Kosovo (BIRN)

Serbian Language Media:

Serbian List: Convincing victory, we won all ten mandates (RTS)
President Vucic congratulates to Serbian List (RTS)
Selakovic congratulates Serbian List, wished happy Statehood Day (RTS)
Petkovic: Policy of Serbian unity has won (RTS)
Djuric: I am looking forward to success of brothers and sisters from Serbian List (RTS)
Capussela: Tectonic change for Kosovo and hope for other movements in the region (KoSSev)
Janjic:”If the Albanian political scene is changing, the autochthonous change of the Serbian one should be allowed” (KoSSev)
Surlic: Kurti and Haradinaj will form government (Sputnik, Kosovo Online)
Office for KiM strongly condemns Pristina’s decision not to allow TV Pink and RTV Kraljevo teams to enter Kosovo (media)
Djordjevic: By calling Serbs to participate in elections Vucic endangered integrity and independence of Serbia (KoSSev)

Opinion:

Political analysts comment on election results (media)

International:

Early results point to Kosovo opposition party win in parliamentary vote (Reuters)
Leftist opposition party heads to victory in Kosovo election (AP)
Kosovo left-wing opposition set to win election: exit polls (DW)
Opposition Vetevendosje Movement eyes landslide win in election (BIRN)
Kosovo election: Exit poll gives victory to left-wing party Vetëvendosje (euronews)
Kosovo voters choose a new parliament amid the pandemic (AP)
Ousted ex-PM wins historic victory in Kosovo election (politico.eu)
Kosovo Anti-Establishment Party Set for Landslide Win (VoA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 12, 2021

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• COVID-19: 381 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Ministry: Latest COVID measures in line with our recommendations (media)
• Curfew scrapped amid controversy (BIRN)
• NGOs concerned recent Covid rules curtail rights of diaspora voters (media)
• Quint ambassadors call for fair and safe elections (Klan)
• In a video message, Kurti urges citizens to vote (media)
• Hoxhaj: PDK raised Kosovo flag; won’t allow an authoritarian system (media)
• Osmani to youth: Let’s turn 14 February into a true celebration (media)
• LDK’s Veliu predicts his party will get 31 MPs, VV 27 and PDK 25 (media)
• Predictions of analysts on T7 about Sunday’s elections (Gazeta Express)
• Abbott: In any negotiation there needs to be a readiness to compromise (Gazeta Express)
• KSC judge turns down applications of alleged Mustafa’s victims (media)
• Selimi’s defence requests ‘JCE’ be struck from indictment (media)
• NATO announces opening of a new lower airspace route over Kosovo (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 9, 2021

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• COVID-19: 290 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Hoti: LDK’s election result will be better than that of 2019 (Koha)
• Kurti: LVV needs a victory with over 61 MPs (media)
• Hoxhaj promises quality education, higher salaries for teachers (media)
• Haradinaj: As president I will act without asking Serbia (Telegrafi)
• Latest poll projects LVV winning 40.95%, PDK and LDK trail behind (Klan)
• British Embassy pledges to watch closely counting of diaspora ballots (media)
• First delivery of diaspora ballots reaches CEC (media)
• EU: Dialogue to resume as soon as new Kosovo government is formed (Telegrafi)
• Status conference in Thaci and others case set for Thursday (media)
• Belgrade court institutionalizes use of pejorative for Albanians (Gazeta Express)
• U.S. Embassy criticises decision making at KPC (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 5, 2021

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• COVID-19: 333 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Kosovo begins blood plasma collection to treat COVID-19 (RFE)
• British Embassy cautions against rallies flouting Covid rules (media)
• Hoti: Albanians to unite in the EU (Klan)
• Kurti: Only a high turnout will secure us a victory (media)
• Hoxhaj: PDK will win February 14 elections (media)
• Haradinaj: Vucic using Kosovo Serbs for own interests (Telegrafi)
• Limaj: New government to prepare lawsuit against Serbia (RTK)
• “We would consider moving embassy from Jerusalem if EU conditions it” (Telegrafi)
• CEC meeting dominated by disagreements over diaspora votes (media)
• Agreement on U.S. investments in Kosovo enters into force (Koha)
• Ambassador Abbott meets Constitutional Court president Rama-Hajrizi (media)
• Three members of State Council of Quality quit (media)
• Kosovo Court Urged to Convict Serb of War Crimes (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 29, 2021

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• COVID-19: 334 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Coronavirus: Serbia provokes Kosovo with vaccination scheme (DW)
• Ramadani: Covid vaccines will arrive soon (Telegrafi)
• Hoti: Vucic’s statement does not serve peace and stability in the region (media)
• Haradinaj: Vucic’s threats to Kosovo don’t help regional stability (media)
• U.S. follows implementation of Washington agreement, Israel recognition (media)
• Kurti meets Norwegian envoy for Balkans (media)
• Hoxhaj: No coalition with LVV, we will lead the government (Klan/media)
• Limaj: When we fought, Hoxhaj pondered seeking asylum in Serbia (Koha)
• Serbian List MP candidate beats up a Serb opposition member (media)
• Hodzic: I do not have an agreement with Serbian List (Kallxo/Telegrafi)
• Serbia opens parallel hotline, CEC not informed (Klan)
• CDHRF slams KSC for not granting release to former KLA leaders (media)
• Serbian government official not allowed entry to Kosovo (Telegrafi)
• In Kosovo, War Prisoners Campaign to Save Their Old Jail (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 28, 2021

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• COVID-19: 301 new cases, eight deaths (media)
• Hoti: The country to return to normality by early spring (RTK/Kallxo)
• Kurz says vaccine to roll out in all Western Balkans at the same time (media)
• Zemaj appeals for respect of Covid rules, days after flouting them (Koha)
• Lajcak warns against land swap idea, calls it ‘dangerous’ (media)
• Parties appeal ECAP decision with Supreme Court (media)
• Mustafa says he would prefer to see Kurti lead VV’s ticket (Lajmi/RTK)
• Haradinaj: Not allowing Kurti to run is not good for democracy (media)
• Rasic accuses Serbian List of vote theft in the north (Kallxo)
• CEC has so far approved 46,000 voter requests from Diaspora (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo justice institutions put in service of Veseli’s defence (Koha)
• Kosovo Must Take Three Crucial Steps During Biden’s Presidency (Balkan Insight)
• Ceremonies Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day Across Balkans (Balkan Insight)
• TI: Kosovo and Albania have made no progress in fighting corruption (Telegrafi)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 14

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• COVID-19: 299 new cases, one death (media)
• Osmani rejects Lajcak’s remarks on Kosovo’s recognition (RFE/Koha)
• Hoti: We will spare no one during election campaign (Koha)
• VV announces candidates from Pristina, Kurti leads the ticket (media)
• Hoxhaj says PDK will emerge as the most voted party (media)
• CEC: 888 polling stations to be open on election day across Kosovo (media)
• Von Cramon speaks about election challenges Kosovo faces (DW)
• Ombudsperson: CEC to avoid any action that undermines right to vote (media)
• Phillips: Time for the West to give ultimatum to Serbia (Telegrafi)
• Hamza: PDK would have negotiated a better deal in Washington (Klan)
• Petkovic refused permission to visit Kosovo (Klan)
• Hoti appoints Muharrem Nitaj acting Minister of Economy (media)
• Has an SPO indictment been rejected by pre-trial judge? (Lajmi/RTK)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 6

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• COVID-19: 218 new cases, five deaths (media)
• Assembly gives green light to KSF participating in peacekeeping operations (media)
• Constitutional Court to publish decision, elections on 7 or 14 February (Koha)
• Veliu’s remarks on Osmani draw sharp criticism (media)
• MP Haxhi Avdyli dismissed from all functions in LDK (media)
• Von Cramon: EU and U.S. to speak in one voice about Kosovo (Klan)
• EU court rejected Spain’s lawsuit against European Commission on Kosovo (Koha)
• More than 40 people injured in a gas tank blast in Ferizaj (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, December 31

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• COVID-19: 260 new cases, seven deaths (media)
• Zemaj: COVID-19 vaccines to reach Kosovo in February (RTK)
• Hoti: If Serbia pursued legal ways, vaccines would be allowed into Kosovo (Klan)
• Di Maio: EU should buy vaccines for Balkans (ANSA/Koha)
• LDK announces Avdullah Hoti as candidate for prime minister (media)
• Hoti: LDK is main favourite to win elections (media)
• Hoxhaj: Kurti and Hoti governments brought degradation in Kosovo (Telegrafi)
• Konjufca: Hoti and Hoxhaj together have fewer votes than LVV’s Haxhiu (T7/Telegrafi)
• Osmani’s initiative in coalition talks with Vetevendosje (Klan)
• Rama: KLA leaders being kept hostage (media)
• UK Embassy sends protest note to Ministry of Education over €1.8 million bid (Koha)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, December 24

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• COVID-19: 271 new cases, 12 deaths (media)
• Travel restrictions tightened (Prishtina Insight)
• Osmani concludes consultations with political parties (media)
• Hoti: LDK is a favourite to win upcoming elections (media)
• Mustafa: We will not make pre-election coalition with any of the parties (RTK)
• Enver Hoxhaj announced PDK’s candidate for prime minister (media)
• Hoxhaj: PDK is competing for the first place (T7/RTK)
• Poll projects Vetevendosje winning elections (Klan)
• Challenging path in formation of new Assembly, Government (Koha)
• Tahiri urges political parties to adopt 2021 budget (media)
• Von Cramon: Bringing down Kurti-led government was a mistake (DW)
• Petkovic attacks von Cramon for saying Serbia will recognise Kosovo (Express)
• Dacic: Osmani ten times worse than Citaku (Koha)
• GLPS survey indicates half of Kosovo citizens ready to migrate (media)

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