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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 07, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: 181 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Zemaj calls on MPs not to politicise pandemic crisis (Koha/Telegrafi)
• Assembly does not pass COVID-19 resolutions due to lack of quorum (media)
• LVV responds to PDK’s ‘red lines’ question (Koha)
• EULEX’s Formisto: Kosovo, Serbia to be willing to share information on missing persons (DW)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Serbian communities 22 new patients, 42 cured (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic: On September 7, in Brussels, I will ask the fulfillment of the agreement on the Community of Serbian Municipalities from 2013 (media)
• Vucic: A clear message to Serbs in Kosovo that they are undesirable (Kosovo Online)
• Godfrey: US supports Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (TV Happy, Blic, Tanjug)
• Bolton: Belgrade and Pristina far from solution, exchange would not affect BiH (N1)
• Washington worried about current situation in Serbia; will help Podgorica (VoA, N1)
• Pompeo to Serbia’s FM: Every leader should protect human rights (FoNet, N1)

International:

• Pompeo Announces Tour of Europe Next Week (VoA)

Humanitarian/Development:

• DokuFest’s online edition launches (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 06, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: 196 new cases, 16 deaths (media)
• Science and Arts Academy says pandemic, not dialogue, top priority for Kosovo (media)
• Rohde: More needs to be done to fight COVID-19 (media)
• Vetevendosje initiates no-confidence motion against government (media)
• PDK receives LVV’s request for no-confidence motion against government (Kallxo)
• Kosovo FM Haradinaj-Stublla talks dialogue with British Minister Morton (media)
• German ambassador echoes U.S. objection to KLA law (Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• 23 new cases in Serbian communities in Kosovo (KIM radio)
• Serwer: It would be useful if Pristina made clearer the readiness to form the Community of Serbian Municipalities (Kosovo Online)
• PM Brnabic: Epidemiological situation in Kosovo calming down, but still unstable (Radio Mitrovica Sever)
• Blakaj: There is no law that can deny any crime (Kosovo Online)

International:

• Balkan Leaders Made Big Mistake in Politicising the Pandemic (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Claims About US Support in Serbia Dialogue Disputed (Balkan Insight)
• Serbia Turns the Tables, Investigates the Investigative Journalists (VoA)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Education minister appoints party member to Quality Council (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 05, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: 218 new cases, 15 deaths (media)
• Hoti urges MPs to endorse economic recovery package (media)
• OSCE prepares COVID-19 manual for the visually impaired (Kallxo)
• Mustafa plans to meet Haradinaj and discuss coalition concerns (Indeksonline)
• Despite U.S. objections, PDK pushes for law on KLA war values (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• No data on newly COVID-19 infected in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic and Botsan-Kharchenko: Important implementation of the agreement on the Community of Serbian Municipalities (N1)
• Spahiu: The question is the price that Kosovo will pay for the recognition, it is a matter of an agreement between the Americans and Vucic (Kosovo Online)
• Jevtic on Twitter: A returnee house shot at from a moving vehicle (N1)
• Fila: Kosovo Assembly can pass any law; the question is whether it will be applicable in practice (Kosovo Online)
• Dveri movement will not join United Opposition of Serbia because of Kosovo (FoNet, N1)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Understaffed Kosovo Health System Close to Collapse, Doctors Warn (Balkan Insight)
• WHO: Most likely – bats; “Surprises are possible” (B92, Tanjug)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 4, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: 225 new cases, 13 deaths (media)
• Kosovo’s Deputy PM infected with COVID – 19 (media)
• “Around 40,000 jobs lost in Kosovo due to COVID-19 pandemic” (Kosovapress)
• EU delivers 30 ventilators to Kosovo (media)
• Italian Ambassador: Kosovars are downplaying coronavirus impact (media)
• MP Pacolli: A prime minister that avoids responsibility should leave post (Klan)
• Hoti-led government dismisses temporary boards of public enterprises (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Today no report on the coronavirus situation: samples sent to newly open laboratory in Nis (media)
• Serbs expect international community reaction on the Law on KLA Values (Kosovo Online, RTV)
• Brnabic claims to be one of two candidates for Serbian Prime Minister (Beta, N1)
• United Opposition of Serbia formed, Dveri movement not among the members (KoSSev)
• Brestovik returnees without water more than a month (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Remembering Elizabeta Hasani (Prishtina Insight)
• The term Metohija is a matter of identity (KoSSev)

International:

• UN warns of ‘generational catastrophe’ over school closures (DW)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 3, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: 250 new cases, seven deaths (media)
• Hoti: Fighting pandemic, economic recovery key government priorities (media)
• Hoti responds to criticism over COVID-19 test (Prishtina Insight)
• Kosovo receives PPE donation from Germany (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Seven new coronavirus cases in Serbian communities in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Serwer: Vucic is not ready to enable Kosovo’s membership in the UN (Danas)
• Serbian parliament meets in constitutive session (Beta, N1)
• Dacic: Enough with lies that Serbian government is ready to recognize Kosovo (Beta, N1)

Opinion:

• Partition was an option for Serbia because of the lack of trust in the other side (KoSSev)

Humanitarian/Development:

• WHO: The “black” record of those infected in one day has been broken again (B92, Tanjug)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 30, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 258 new cases, 16 deaths (media)
• Hoti: There is no mini Western Balkans Schengen (Klan Kosova)
• Hyseni and Djuric to meet today in Brussels (RTK)
• Kosovo FM discusses dialogue, visa liberalisation with French minister (Telegrafi)
• New German ambassador to Kosovo assumes post (media)
• Tomáš Szunyog appointed as new EU Special Representative for Kosovo (media)
• Mustafa: Visit in the north, a positive signal of cooperation (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• 25 new patients with coronavirus in Serbian communities (RTV Puls, TV Most)
• Vucic: We know nothing about writing final agreement in Brussels (RTS)
• Stano: There is no ultimatum in Brussels (KoSSev, RFE)
• Vucic on coronavirus situation and new measures (B92)
• Vucic: Serbia wants to cooperate; Rama: Mini Schengen needed more than ever (N1)
• Business Council to be established in the Western Balkans, Cadez says (media)
• “Ministry of Health and Public Institute to respect Law on use of languages” (Radio KIM)
• EU earmarks € 9.9 million for Kosovo’s budget, faster reforms expected (Beta, N1)
• Three suspected explosive devices found in Mitrovica North (KoSSev)

International:

• Kosovo Pushes Ahead with Law to Protect KLA’s Reputation (Balkan Insight)
• Western Balkans leaders meet to drive coronavirus recovery and deepen regional economic cooperation
(atlanticcouncil.org)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 29, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 29, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19 report: Four deaths, 194 new cases (media)
• Hoti: We must activate National Reaction Plan (media)
• Committee passes anti-COVID law, sends it to Assembly for approval (media)
• Without facemasks on the dialogue, Hyseni meets Hoxhaj (Kallxo)
• “Two governments fall because of dialogue; this one too is clashing” (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 16 new Covid-19 infection cases registered in Serb areas in Kosovo (Radio kontakt plus)
• Jevtic: Negative PCR test not needed to enter Kosovo from Serbia (Kosovo-online)
• Zemaj: PCR tests based on reciprocity; Albania does not ask for a test from Kosovo, neither will we from Albania (KoSSev)
• Vecernje Novosti: EU prepares ultimatum to Serbia on Thursday (B92)
• Dacic: Serbian side not aware of some document within the Brussels meeting agenda (RTS)
• Dusan Janjic: There is no ultimatum in Brussels; it is a spin (N1, BETA)
• 77% of Serb citizens would not support Kosovo independence in exchange for faster EU accession (KoSSev)
• Bishop Maksim on Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija Monograph: It sends a message that we should not erase others (KoSSev)
• US Embassy in Serbia: When the Serbian Flag Flew Over the White House

International:

• Cvijić: Unless the EPP joins the criticism of Serbia, there will be no shift in Commission’s position (EWB)
• Critics Decry Serbian Probe Of Media, Rights Groups Over Terror Financing, Money Laundering (RFE)
• Kosovo artist pulls out Belgrade Biennial in nationality dispute (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• It has been decided: EU remains closed to Serbia (B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 28, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19 report: 239 new cases, seven deaths (media)
• Thaci: Healthcare workers are the heroes of our time (media)
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs against government-proposed measures (media)
• “Unforgiving for government to treat this as a normal situation” (media)
• Health Minister: These public institutions can be used as hospitals (media)
• Hoti: EU-facilitated dialogue is fully coordinated with United States (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• No new Covid-19 infection cases in Gracanica municipality (Radio KIM)
• Gnjilane Health Center: Out of one hundred tested, 40 positive cases of coronavirus (Kontakt plus radio, RTV Puls)
• Talks in Brussels on Thursday? (Tanjug, B92)
• Dacic: Serbia to continue the action of withdrawal if Pristina continues lobbying (Kontakt plus radio, TV Pink, Vecernje Novosti)
• Atlantic Council to host Western Balkan online summit (N1)
• Djuric with Botsan-Kharchenko on dialogue with Pristina (Radio KIM)
• “Only Serbs did not get the right to self-determination” (Politika, B92)
• “There is only one independent Serbian state in the Balkans, and that is…” (Dnevni Avaz, B92)
• Spiric on construction in northern Kosovo: Policy of Serbia is responsible and peaceful (Kosovo Online)
• Specialist Prosecutor Smith: The investigation I am leading is not a challenge to any particular historical narrative (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Robelli: A national coordinator to fight violence against women (Koha)

International:

• Kosovo wants Apple to correct country’s borders on its maps (AP)

Humanitarian/Development:

• A new WHO warning – Emergency Commission is being convened (Tanjug, B92)
• Global air pollution correlates with COVID-19 worldwide mortality rate, UN says (TASS)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 27, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 27, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19 report: 276 new cases, eight deaths (media)
• President Thaci meets State Coordinator for Dialogue, Skender Hyseni (media)
• Hyseni briefs Prime Minister Hoti on Brussels meeting (media)
• PM Hoti admits difficulties with law enforcement in the north (media)
• President Thaci meets Kosovo Security Force Commander (media)
• Kosovo signs cooperation agreement with EUROPOL (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 11 new cases of Covid-19 infection registered in Serb areas on Saturday (Radio kontakt plus)
• Vucic: Word of Albanians from Pristina means nothing (BETA, N1, RTS)
• Dacic: Does dialogue make sense if Pristina acts this way (Prva TV)
• No international reactions to Hoti’s statement (Kosovo-online)
• New incident targeting Serb returnee family in Klina (Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)
• Serbian Anti-corruption Agency to initiate procedure against Kosovo Serb officials for not reporting incomes (CINS, N1)
• Specialist Chambers published 2019 report (Kosovo-online)

Opinion:

• Metohija: An expression of cultural heritage, not “territorial claims“ (KoSSev)

International:

• For Whistleblowers in Kosovo, Protection on Paper but not in Practice (Balkan Insight)
• Serbia Vows to Retaliate If Kosovo Seeks Membership in International Organizations (Exit News)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Families of missing persons from Kosovo request opening of all archives, including that of international community (N1, KoSSev)
• Health system suffers as COVID-19 cases rise (Prishtina Insight)
• OpisMEDIJavanje: Why identity of persons in self-isolation is not public information (KoSSev)
• Pisonero: Serbia included in Joint Procurement Agreement (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 24, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 213 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Municipalities call on government to review COVID-19 measures (media)
• Hoti stresses dialogue with Serbia is political not technical process (media)
• Thaci: Dialogue with Serbia cannot slide into technical level (media)
• Hoti: Kosovo’s territorial integrity non-negotiable (media)
• Lajcak: Kosovo-Serbia expert meeting was productive (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Serb communities in Kosovo 27 new Covid-19 cases (Kontakt plus radio)
• President Vucic aims to get Serbia back on world stage and this time won’t allow it to be cast as a villain (Pavlovic Today, media)
• First round of Belgrade-Pristina experts’ talks ended in Brussels (RTS)
• Jevtic: Dialogue gives chance to resolve problems (Radio KIM)
• Dodik asks Vucic to negotiate status of Kosovo and Bosnia’s RS region as package (N1)

Opinion:

• Kosovo more divided than ever over dialogue team (Prishtina Insight)

International:

• Balkan Gangs Are Now Leading Global Smugglers, Report (Balkan Insight)
• Grassroots Group Eyes Belgrade on Route to Toppling Serbian President (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Qendra Multimedia performance space shuts down (Prishtina Insight)
• Opposition calls EU to include Serbia in procurement of coronavirus vaccine (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 23, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 23, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 181 new cases, eight deaths (media)
• Lajcak meets Hyseni and Djuric (RTK)
• Hoti: Technical dialogue is over, today the dialogue for mutual recognition starts (RTK)
• Assembly endorses five international agreements (media)
• Assembly does not endorse neither LVV’s nor PDK’s resolutions on COVID-19 (media)
• Heldt: I leave a major piece of luggage in Kosovo (media)
• Geci: I was warned from Brussels that my life is in danger (Telegrafi)
• Hoti meets Telecom trade union representatives, promises solution (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 21 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Janjic: The topic of today’s talks between Belgrade and Pristina is not recognition (NMagazin, TV Prva)
• Vucic: Two new Covid-19 hospitals; Something strange in the region; New government by the end of August (media)
• Anniversary of killing of 14 Serb harvesters in Staro Gracko marked (Kosovo-online)
• Serbian DefMin Vulin discusses military cooperation with Russian ambassador (N1, Beta)
• WHO Director: Coronavirus trend in Balkans and South Europe worrying (FoNet, RTS, N1)
• Damon Wilson: Russia wants status quo in Kosovo (RFE)
• “No serious negotiations without USA and Russia, there’ll be none in a hundred years” (B92)
• NATO Week in Belgrade: Only nine pct of people support membership (N1)
• KOMS: 36 percent of young people think de-recognition campaign on Kosovo should continue (KoSSev)
• Covic: The only capital of the Albanian nation is Tirana (Radio Mitrovica Sever, TV Most)

Opinion:

• Why the opinion of the International Court of Justice did not put a seal on Kosovo’s independence (KoSSev)
• A fork in the road for Serbia (euobserver.com)

International:

• Questions Shadow Kosovo’s Financial Support for War Suspects (Balkan Insight)
• Hague Prosecutors Summon North Macedonia’s Albanian Leader (Balkan Insight)
• Turkish-Financed Mosque Sparks Rival Protests in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Court Ruling Pushes Telecom Closer to Bankruptcy (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Asylum Outsourced: McKinsey’s Secret Role in Europe’s Refugee Crisis (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 22, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 241 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Thaci: Kosovo has faith in international justice (media)
• Hyseni: Kosovo status not up for negotiations (Telegrafi)
• Hoti: Osmani doesn’t have experience to lead Assembly (media)
• Kurti: Kosovo failed to capitalise on Serbia’s failure at ICJ (media)
• Quni: KSF able to guarantee Kosovo’s sovregnity by 2027 (EO)
• Thaci: Kosovo, the best model of interreligious tolerance and coexistence (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 22 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Serb areas (Kosovo-online)
• Risi: KFOR to do 750 tests per week (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Economic cooperation and Pristina’s obligations to be discussed in Brussels (Tanjug)
• EU allocates € 12.5 billion for Western Balkans (N1)
• Fabrizi says new budget important for Serbia (FoNet, N1)
• Romania does not change stance on Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Serbian DefMin Vulin warns Germany not to arm Kosovo (N1, FoNet)
• Media: Angela gave the green light, the Germans are arming Kosovo (B92, Sputnik, Kosovo Online)

Opinion:

• Restarted, but… (Peacefare/Koha)

International:

• Kosovo Needs National Strategy for Sustainable Peace, Report Says (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• How McKinsey Put ‘Productivity’ At Heart of European Refugee Policy (Balkan Insight)
• Loncar says letter signed by almost 800 doctors “political” (N1)

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