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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 24, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• In London, Kurti calls for reciprocity with Serbia (RTK)
• Konjufca calls for visa liberalisation at Western Balkans conference (media)
• Cakaj: Visa liberalisation for Kosovo to boost EU credibility (Koha)
• AAK: Tax on Serbia increased employment in Kosovo, reciprocity will not work (Koha)
• Ramush Haradinaj’s family enters media business with Telecom money (Kallxo/Prishtina Insight)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic on Kosovo, ultimatum, EU, Pantsir S1 (Prva TV, B92)
• Alliance for Serbia: Vucic confirmed failure of his Kosovo politics (KoSSev, N1)
• Dacic: Spain has firm stance, does not accept unilateral acts (RTS)
• Trump: Grenell does very good job as Belgrade-Pristina envoy (RTS, VoA)
• NATO on Russian armament: National decision and Serbia’s right to choose (B92)
• Father of Serbian footballer who wants to play for Kosovo didn’t lose job (Radio KIM, N1)
• President of the Specialized Chambers of Kosovo: We will stand trial fairly and independently (Blic, Kontakt plus radio)
• Janjic: Ahtisaari ++ an old idea, I don’t know where it came from now (KoSSev, Kontakt plus radio)
• Milicevic: Kosovo has advanced in the last 12 years (RTK2, Slobodno Srpski)
• “Borrell discussed Kosovo partition in Berlin” (Kosovo-online, B92)

International:
• New Kosovo Leader Ready to Revoke Tariffs for Serbian Goods (VOA)
• Serbia Receives Delivery Of Russian Antiaircraft Systems Despite U.S. Sanction Threats (RFE)
• The Western Balkans: Low Hanging Fruit for China? (thediplomat.com)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Serb player’s parents fired after he joins Kosovo Under-19s (AP/WaPo)
• Airport workers sacked ‘in revenge’ for joining protest (Prishtina Insight)
• Balkan Countries Take Precautions Amid Fear of Coronavirus (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 21, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 21, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• President Thaci’s office comments on Jamaica recognition issue (media)
• Konjufca says measures will be taken about Jamaica recognition news (Koha)
• MP Pacolli demands accountability from Amb Citaku on Jamaica recognition (media)
• Tahiri: Decision to annul notaries’ appointment process, arbitrary (media)
• LVV MP: After dismissals, accountability in front of justice (ekonomiaonline)

Serbian Language Media:

• Draft recommendations for EU enlargement outlined in European Parliament (N1, Hina)
• Survey in multi-ethnic municipalities: Reconciliation needed for the vast majority but the north (KoSSev)
• Jamaica’s foreign minister denies recognition of Kosovo (KoSSev, RTS, Blic)
• Dacic: Tirana and Pristina to give up campaign to lobby for recognition of Kosovo (Blic, N1)
• Thaci for BBC in Serbian: If we waste this opportunity, we will cry at the gates of Brussels (Kosovo Online, Danas, B92)
• Kenya will not change stance on Kosovo (RTV Puls)
• US Ambassador Godfrey says Grenell will continue as Kosovo envoy (Beta, N1)

International:

• Albania PM Widens His Media Wars to Include Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo National Football Team Signs First Serb Player (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 20, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Border change project has failed but the idea is not dead (media)
• Kosnett in a diplomatic offensive to lift the tariff (Gazeta Express)
• Haradinaj meets Kosnett: U.S. involvement in dialogue, necessary (media)
• Osmani: Not only men will represent Kosovo in Brussels (Klan Kosova)
• Kurti warns in Stan Terg: There will be new dismissals of the boards (Express)
• Positioning prior to dialogue with Serbia, Osmani: Trepca is inviolable (Express)
• Minister Haxhiu annuls notaries appointment process (media)
• AAK continues collecting signatures, requests session on the tariff (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• SRSG Tanin: Following integration of judiciary, Kosovo moves towards strengthening of rule of law (Radio KIM)
• Dacic: Lack of reaction to the announcement of Tirana and Pristina on joint lobbying is hypocritical (Tanjug, RTS)
• Everything changes now: A man sent to Serbia heads US national intelligence services (Tanjug, B92)
• Milena Ivanovic joins SNS (Tanjug, B92)

Opinion:

• Albin Kurti – New Hope or New Disappointment? (crnobelisvet.com)

International:

• Trump Appoints Balkan Envoy Grenell to Head National Intelligence (Balkan Insight)
• Juratovic: The arranged situation in the Western Balkans means the arranged situation in the EU (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• “The suspension of the construction of MHE is very important”(KIM radio)
• Denmark’s Integration Experiment Reflects European U-turn (Balkan Insight)
• Wild and exotic animals kept captive in Kosovo ‘zoos’ (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 19, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 19, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Reciprocity measures aimed at protecting local producers (media)
• Grenell slams EUobserver story on Kosovo-Serbia land swap plan (media)
• Opposition collecting signatures for Assembly session to oppose lifting of tax (Express)
• Haradinaj writes about which option of lifting tariff he would support (Express)
• Konjufca: we will reach concrete agreements with the government of Albania (RTK)
• Haxhiu: We will annul notaries appointment process this week (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: ”The only alternative is war, and we would not have survived it” (B92)
• Macron’s “plotting” with Serbia and Kosovo – UN the only place for reaching solution (Sputnik, B92)
• SNS decided on name of electoral list: “Aleksandar Vucic – For our children” (B92)
• Jevtic: Damage to Menkovic family, whose house was demolished, must be compensated (KoSSev)
• Bozovic: Indictments for murder of Oliver Ivanovic not supported by evidence (Radio kontakt plus)
• Kosovo Deputy PM Haki Abazi for Danas: We will seek compensation for war damages, so the devastation and crimes do not repeat again

International:

• Vetevendosje MP: Dialogue ‘on the verge of restarting’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Tensions take center stage as Western Balkans gets under the spotlight in Munich (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Protesters demand prominent lawyer’s license be revoked (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 18, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Konjufca: Kosovo’s foreign policy has faced serious crisis in recent years (Koha)
• Osmani: Meeting with Thaci was part of state protocol, differences remain (media)
• Gashi: Government looking into ways to lift the tax (Telegrafi)
• Rukiqi: We will support any decision that is in Kosovo’s interest (EO)
• Association of journalists’ offices broken into again (Klan Kosova/Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Kurti will continue with unilateral acts (Tanjug, Prva TV)
• Vucic: We missed a major chance, we will pay high price for that (TV Happy, B92)
• Serbia donates € 2 million to Albania (RTS, Tanjug)
• Djuric: Belgrade will continue to insist on ZSO (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio, Politika)
• Vucic: Significant and powerful European country requested from Pristina to impose tariffs (B92)
• House of Jovica Menkovic from Cernica demolished, pressure on Serbs to leave (RTV Puls)
• Graffiti written in Preoce village (KoSSev)

International:

• The Brief – Why is America eclipsing the EU in the Balkans? (Euractive)
• Kurti Vows to Make Military Service Compulsory in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• Dodik’s Tantrum Politics Risks Pushing Bosnia Int Chaos (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Youth from Gracanica migrating due to unemployment, lack of safety and uncertain political situation (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 17, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 17, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Kosovo representatives to be unified in foreign policy (media)
• Thaci: Kosovo enters second decade with faith, hope and belief for better future
• Serwer says Kurti will not change Kosovo’s position on Serbia (media)
• Osmani: Kosovo’s independence is irreversible (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Djuric: 12 years ago, international law was trampled, but Serbia was not defeated (Serbian media)
• ”Everything that Albanians believed in have failed” (KIM Radio)
• Almost two decades after, still no punishment for the crime in Livadice (Radio kontakt plus)
• Borrell: We are working on appointing envoy for Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (N1, SRNA, RFE, RTS)
• EU hosts informal dinner with Western Balkans leaders (Tanjug, B92, RTS)
• Vucic said debate with Kurti was fierce (N1, RTS, Kosovo-online)
• Vucic on talks with Pristina, Carpenter’s statements (B92)
• Rada Trajkovic: Murder of Oliver Ivanovic will be clarified (KIM Radio, Free Serbian)

Opinion:

• Reviving Enlargement in Balkans Means Changing More than Methodology (Balkan Insight)

International:

• EU Says Accession For Balkan Countries Still Possible (RFE)
• Twelve Years In Dependence Leave Kosovo Facing Foggy Future (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 14, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 14, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia on motorway and railway signed (media)
• Thaci: Railway agreement, a message of peace (media)
• Who signed the agreement for the railway between Kosovo and Serbia? (Express)
• Grenell calls today’s signed agreements historic (Express)
• Haradinaj applauds agreement between Kosovo and Serbia (media)
• LDK’s Hyseni: Agreement in Munich, a step in the right direction (Zeri)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic met Grenell in Munich (B92, Tanjug)
• Vucic happy to see progress, thanks Trump for support (Tanjug)
• Djuric on railway agreement: We took care everything to be in line with Constitution (BETA, N1)
• Rakic: Better communication, faster transport of goods and services (Radio KIM)
• Blakaj: To identify 400 bodies that are still in Pristina (N1)

International:

• France, US, Pile Pressure on Kosovo to Scrap Tariffs (Balkan Insight)
• Further transport agreements reached between Kosovo and Serbia (Prishtina Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• BIRN Launches ‘If You Were Here’ Missing Persons Campaign (Balkan Insight)
• Kurti: There never was a more education-dedicated government (Koha)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 13, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 13, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Pompeo writes to Kurti: Lift the tariff for Kosovo and Serbia dialogue to resume (Express)
• Albin Kurti defers a bit to Thaci: Invites him for consultation (Express)
• Thaci travels to Germany to participate at Munich Security Conference (RTK)
• Kurti nominates Jusuf Thaci as Deputy Minister for education (RTK)
• Swiss president congratulates Kurti on election (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Compromise is our greatest concession towards Kosovo (Danas)
• “Moscow will find a solution if Belgrade calls on Russia” (Sputnik, B92)
• Carpenter: No progress on Kosovo issue before elections in Serbia (VoA, N1)
• Brnabic: The situation is unstable; Vucic was forced to react promptly (B92)
• Djuric discussed with Falconi security situation in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Returnee interviewed by Special Prosecutor’s Office, denied being arrested (KoSSev, Kosovo-online)
• Serbian media: Another country to withdraw recognition of Kosovo (B92, Sputnik)

Opinion:

• Why 2019 was Year Kosovo will Want to Forget (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Kosovo’s new PM, cabinet accept halving of their salaries (Reuters)
• Kurti’s Ambitious Promises Will Test Kosovo Govt’s Resolve (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Detains Serb Ex-Policeman as War Crime Witness (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 12, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 12, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Konjufca proposes not to apply for INTERPOL this year (Gazeta Express)
• Haxhiu: Government annulled two unjust decisions (media)
• Haradinaj slams decision to cancel salary raise, calls it “senseless” (media)
• Government dismisses national coordinators appointed during Haradinaj’s term (media)
• Kurti to participate at Munich Security Conference together with Grenell and Vucic (Klan, RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• “Trump sent Grenell to ask Vucic, Thaci and Kurti a single question” (Tanjug, B92)
• Vucic to meet Grenell in Munich, Kurti will probably be in Germany (Tanjug, Radio KIM, N1)
• Reeker: We’ll stand by Serbia as partner and friend on its path to EU (VoA, N1)
• Odalovic: Revoking tariffs major challenge for Kurti (RTS)
• Returnee in Istok arrested over alleged war crime, Office for KiM, Serbian List condemn arrest (Tanjug, RTV)
• Milena Ivanovic: Fact that Silvana Arsovic is indicted is scandalous (Kosovo-online)

International:

• Kosovo’s New PM Visits Albania in First Official Trip Abroad (AP/NYT)
• Journalists’ Abductions, Killings in Kosovo ‘Not Properly Investigated’ (Balkan Insight)
• Suspects Plead Not Guilty to Kosovo Serb Politician’s Murder (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo Faces Challenge to Resolve Battles over University Accreditation (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 11, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 11, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo and Albania set up commission for intergovernmental agreements (media)
• They start with disagreement: Kurti seeks Albanian macro-Schengen, Rama regional mini-Schengen with Serbia (Express)
• In Tirana, Kurti meets Speaker Ruci, President Meta, opposition leader Basha (media)
• Palmer: Russia wants Balkans with an element of chaos in it (RFE)
• Osmani meets heads of UN Agencies (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Brnabic: I hope Pristina will revoke tariffs soon (RTS)
• “Germany wants to get directly involved in solving Kosovo issue” (Sputnik, B92)
• Dacic: Serbia wants to know if EU will expand to Western Balkans (BETA, N1)
• US hopes EU will open talks with Skopje, Tirana in March, worries about Russia (RFE, N1)
• UNS presents research on missing and murdered journalists in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Jevtic: I expect government to work in interests of all citizens (RTV Puls)
• Stefanovic comments on US calls to Pristina to revoke tariffs (RTS)
• Indicted in Oliver Ivanovic’s murder case pleaded not guilty (RTS)

Opinion:

• Embracing Europe’s Power (Project Syndicate)

International:

• U.S. Envoy Urges Kosovo To Drop Tariffs On Serbian Goods ‘With No Reciprocity’ (RFE)
• Why Europe Cannot Afford To Get It Wrong On The Western Balkans (Forbes)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Winter Sports Festival Hopes to Thaw Kosovo’s Ethnic Freeze (Balkan Insight)
• Gifted but ‘ignored’ (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 10, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 10, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• PM Kurti to visit Tirana tomorrow (media)
• PDK boycotts Assembly presidency meeting (media)
• Ruling coalition, opposition divide parliamentary committees (Kallxo)
• Basketball club from Serbia refused entry to Kosovo (Klan Kosova)
• Engel unconvinced with Trump’s mediation of Pristina-Belgrade talks (Express)
• Haxhiu plans to visit the north to see work of institutions there (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: I expect nothing from new Kosovo government (Tanjug, Radio KIM)
• Blic daily on Merkel-Vucic meeting, plan for Kosovo (B92, Blic)
• Census lowered to three percent, 40 percent of women on the election lists in Serbia (Tanjug, B92)
• Basketball players banned to enter Kosovo, Office for KiM, Srpska Lista react (KoSSev)
• Janjic: Reciprocity would mean endless conflicts (RTK2, Radio kontakt plus)
• Lawyer Vasic says no conditions for hearing in Ivanovic’s case to be held tomorrow (Kosovo-online)
• Prosecutor Syle Hoxha is retiring, controversial court cases remain (TV Most, Kosovo-online)

Opinion:

• New EU Enlargement Strategy Leaves Balkans Unimpressed (Balkan Insight)

International:

• New Kosovo PM Says Ties With Serbia Should Be Based On ‘Symmetry’ (RFE)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Record number of women in government ‘inspirational’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Maternal deaths ‘lost in the system’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Rumena Ljubic: Solitude is my greatest enemy (Radio Gorazdevac, KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 7, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 7, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti comments on possible appointment of EU special envoy for dialogue (Klan)
• Thaci announces elections for Podujeve mayor (media)
• CEC replaces 11 MPs that took on government posts (media)
• Weber: Kurti will be an uncomfortable interlocutor for EU (DW)
• Veliu: Kosovo to renew efforts to join international organisations (Zeri)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic to Kurti: things are not that simple (RTS)
• Dogovor: Kurti’s populism becomes a problem, he needs to be prime minister of all in Kosovo (RTV KIM)
• Vucic comments on possible appointment of Lajcak as EU special envoy (Tanjug, B92)
• Vucic: Serbia is allowed to choose (B92, Tanjug)
• EU donates additional EUR 138.5 million to Serbia (BETA, N1)

International:

• New Kosovo Prime Minister Pledges to Remove 100% Serbian Import Tariffs (VOA)
• Kosovo Charges Serb Ex-Policeman with War Crimes (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Windy weather causes disruption across Kosovo (Prishtina Insight)

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