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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 4, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 4, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• EU Special Representative for Kosovo: Fighting corruption needs constant attention (Prishtina Insight)
• Wilson Center issues report: Consolidating Kosovo’s Sovereignty (media)
• CEC has so far approved 1,960 registration applications from Diaspora (Koha)
• Interest in COVID-19 vaccines increases in Kosovo, 14% of people fully vaccinated (KP)
• COVID-19: 221 new cases, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Grenell’s visit during the “Open Balkans” project is (not) a coincidence (Danas, Kosovo Online)
• Serbia sends police choppers to help North Macedonia’s firefighters (N1)
• Jevtic: By introducing economic measures to Serbia, Kurti wants to end dialogue (Gracanica-online)
• Davenport and Mladenovic on language rights in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Sheholli: ”Dragica ought to be sitting with Albanian women, apologizing, although she is not guilty” (Kosovo Online, Blic, Euronews)
• Kosovo portals say Bregovic inspired massacres (KoSSev, N1, Kosovo Online)

International:

• Serbia’s Ambassador to Russia Lazanski Passes Away (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 3, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• War veterans’ leader: Special Court will fail, like EULEX and UNMIK (Telegrafi)
• Women’s Network: Gender equality is a legal obligation in local elections (Koha)
• COVID-19: 110 new cases, 1 death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Selakovic: We will know how to answer if Pristina starts lobbying for new recognitions (KoSSev)
• Police: Fires in northern Kosovo localized and under control (TV Most)
• Vucic: Serbia will help Skopje in firefighting, “Open Balkans” stipulates it (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Serbian election dates leaked from ruling coalition-opposition meeting (N1)
• No new Covid-19 cases in Serb communities in Kosovo (KoSSev)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Book Explores Kosovo Albanian Tradition of Dream Interpretation (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 2, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 2, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We did not give up on reciprocity with Serbia (media)
• Protest against Open Balkans in front of Albanian embassy in Prishtina (Kallxo)
• Kosovo Defense Minister: We are monitoring fires (Klan Kosova)
• COVID-19: 48 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Politika: Ten countries ready to withdraw recognition of Kosovo’s independence (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Serbia must be open, hatred towards Albanians brings nothing good (Politika, Beta, N1)
• UNESCO lists reasons why Serbian monasteries in Kosovo are endangered (Radio KIM, Euronews Serbia)
• Visegrad Group welcomes Open Balkans Initiative (N1)
• Petkovic: Albin Kurti threatens and ruins the dialogue (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Petkovic with Pinter on situation of Serbs, SOC in Kosovo, dialogue and ‘Open Balkans’ (Kosovo-online)
• One case of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Bajrami: Open Balkan of the Balkans people (Koha)
• Palokaj: Open Balkans cannot be built with deniers of genocide (Koha)

International:

• Trenin: Balkans are not a prime battlefield in the Russia-West confrontation (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 30, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• President Biden to be awarded Kosovo medal on behalf of late son, Beau (media)
• Gervalla says ‘Open Balkans’ is a dangerous initiative (Kosovapress)
• Abdixhiku: Economic integration of the region to be preceded by political recognition (media)
• Haradinaj accuses Kurti of ‘selling’ patriotism while protecting Serbia’s products (media)
• Vitia: The pandemic is far from over, our only weapon is vaccination (media)
• COVID-19: 70 new cases, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• EC on the Open Balkans Initiative: We support the leaders’ commitment to regional cooperation (Kosovo Online, Danas)
• Belgrade expects constructive Berlin’s support in dialogue with Pristina (N1)
• “Open Balkan” criticized in Pristina and Tirana (KoSSev)
• Vucic: Kurti mistaken in thinking he’ll win with chauvinistic messages and closing Pristina (KoSSev)
• Petkovic: We have delivered food and insulin to Dragica Gasic (Radio KIM)

International:

• Balkan ‘Mini-Schengen’ Leaders Eye Open Borders by 2023 (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• US State Department again lists BIRN as a resource for fighting corruption (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 29, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 29, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Rama, Vucic and Zaev sign cooperation agreement in line with Open Balkan initiative (euronews.al)
• In 2023 there will be no borders between our countries, Vucic says (euronews.al)
• Zaev: A new wind of cooperation is blowing today in Skopje (euronews.al)
• Rama: Regional cooperation brings us closer to the EU (euronews.al)
• Vucic: If you consider Asterix a disgrace, put Serbia with a square sign (media)
• Concept Paper on justice vetting proceeded for public consultation (Telegrafi)
• Health Ministry: Compatriots living abroad can be vaccinated in Kosovo (media)
• COVID-19: 72 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• “Open Balkans” new name for “mini-Schengen” (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Vucic, Rama and Zaev today at the economic forum in Skopje (media)
• Serbia-US friendship and alliance in 140 years of diplomatic relations (N1)
• Bishop Teodosije met German diplomat Berger (Radio KIM)
• Non-paper: European Council definitively rejects access to document (N1 Slovenia, N1 BiH)
• OSCE on burglary of Dragica Gasic’s flat (KoSSev, media)

International:

• Kosovo Faces Uphill Fight in Claiming Yugoslav-Era Property (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 28, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• UNDP poll finds significant increase in people’s satisfaction with Kosovo institutions (media)
• “Kosovo has investment potential but political instability and corruption hinder it” (Klan)
• Kosovo Assembly adopts budget review (media)
• Muja: For the first time in Kosovo, revenues exceed €2 billion (Kallxo)
• Bodies of bus crash victims arrive at Kosovo (media)
• COVID-19: 58 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• OSCE report on assessment of community rights in Kosovo presented (KiM radio, RTV Puls, RTK2, N1)
• Fabrizi expects Serbia’s progress in talks with bloc before end of 2021 (N1)
• Dragica Gasic after robbery at her flat: I am staying in Djakovica (Radio KIM)
• “Absence of reactions and tendentious reporting on incidents constitute their silent approval” (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic to seek additional security for Dragica Gasic (Kosovo Online)
• Cadez: It is important that political leaders realize importance of “mini-Schengen” (Kosovo-online)
• BSN: New weapons strengthen operational capacities of Serbian Army (N1)

Opinion:

• Is the Decani Monastery really endangered? (Kosovo 2.0)

International:

• Balkan trio push ‘mini-Schengen’ as they hit out at EU membership delay (Financial Times)
• ‘Genocide’ Controversy Erupts over WWII Massacres in Montenegro (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 27 July 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 27, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: The government will help reduce the gap between communities (Koha)
• KIA Chief Petrit Ajeti reports to the supervising committee (media)
• Minister Mehaj gives details about the released from the hospital in Croatia (Zeri)
• Croatian Court sentences driver of crashed bus with one month detention (media)
• Economy committee votes proposal for ERO board members (media)
• Maas: A German citizen among the victims of the bus crash (media)
• 55 patients are being treated with oxygen therapy, one in serious condition (Koha)
• COVID-19: 42 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 58% of Serbian citizens support the EU-mediated BG-PR dialogue (KoSSev)
• Stefanovic: Serbia grateful to Indonesia for support and non-recognition of Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• In Serbian communities in Kosovo one Covid-19 case (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• The genocide campaign (Danas, KoSSev)

International:

• Minuto-Rizzo: Balkans has regained a priority status for NATO (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Summer School on Transitional Justice in Prizren (RTK2)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 26, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 14 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti, Gervalla return to Kosovo, Vitia and Svecla stay on in Croatia (media)
• Svecla: Some of the passengers will travel to Kosovo, others will return to Germany (Klan)
• PM Kurti pays tribute to Enver Zymberi on anniversary of his death (media)
• Gervalla called on EU to stop “Mini-Schengen” initiative (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• One case of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Radio KIM)
• Presidential, and Belgrade elections, possibly parliamentary in Serbia in spring, official says (N1, Beta, Vecernje Novosti)
• Serbian List expresses condolences to families of those who died in bus crash (Kosovo-online)
• Raska-Prizren Eparchy expresses condolence to families of victims, prays for recovery of those injured in bus crash (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic will get closer to Moscow, but he will not “grow cold” towards Erdogan (Danas)
• Joksimovic: Regional initiatives enable stability (RTS)
• “International community does not see difficult position of Serbs” (Politika)
• Bayramov: Azerbaijan respects principles of international law when it comes to Kosovo issue (Kosovo-online)
• Dacic to attend inauguration of Iranian president (N1)
• Bolton: Pristina has the right not to accept territorial changes, but then there is no progress in the negotiations (Kosovo Online, B92)

International:

• Enmity and Neglect Take Toll on Serb Churches in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• Enkel Demi: We Need to Know Each Other’s Literature (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Nora Gjakova wins Kosovo’s third Olympic gold medal (Prishtina Insight)
• Montenegro Makes History With First Same-Sex Marriage (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 23, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 23, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 19 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti calls on Kosovo population to vaccinate (Klan)
• President Osmani received by Japan’s FM Motegi and Emperor Naruhito (media)
• Beqaj: Kurti’s approach to dialogue is right but unrealistic (Telegrafi)
• Questions regarding Kosovo’s international organisation membership bids (RFE)
• Thaci’s lawyer provides guarantee for his release from detention (media)
• Unwavering trust between Ankara and Belgrade (RFE Albanian)

Serbian Language Media:

• 22 years since the murder of 14 Serbian harvesters in Staro Gracko (media)
• Odalovic: It is certainly known who committed the crime in Staro Gracko (RTS, N1, Beta, KiM radio)
• Petkovic with Veselinovic: Mistreatment of Serbs must end (Kosovo-online)
• Rakic: We’ll continue to provide assistance, as it is only way to save our people (Kosovo-online)
• Serbian pilgrims banned from entering Kosovo (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Should Kosovo recognise Serbia? (Prishtina Insight)
• 11 years since the opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s independence (KoSSev)
• Non-Papers and the elephant in the room: Rule of law in the Western Balkans (EWB)

International:

• Montenegro Rules out Changes to Kosovo Border Agreement (Balkan Insight)
• Serbian interior minister in Madrid to discuss police cooperation, Kosovo (Euractive)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 22, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 28 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti: Dialogue in Brussels is about status of Kosovo-Serbia relations (media)
• Osmani: Time to recognise irreversible reality of independent Kosovo (media)
• Kosovo Assembly ratifies IPA 2020 agreement (media)
• PDK initiates parliamentary debate on 100 days of Kurti government (Koha)
• VV MP: We are eradicating corruption (Ekonomia Online)
• PDK leader: Kosovo coordination with US, vital and irreplaceable (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: We are changing the name “mini Schengen”, fast lanes for people from the region (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• “KLA” graffiti written on a church in Brod village, children’s playground in Susica
• Veselinovic transferred to Prizren for further interrogation (Radio KIM)
• Trajkovic: Kosovo institutions do not react to prevent pressure and do not condemn frequent incidents against Serb community (KoSSev, JUGpress)
• Danas: US delighted with Kurti’s democracy, shocked by Vucic’s authoritarianism (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic on two-day visit in Kosovo (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Popovic received a summons to testify at the trial for Ivanovic’s murder (Beta, N1, KiM radio)
• Vucic spoke with Zaev and Rama ahead of Skopje Forum (Kosovo-online)

International:

• Balkan Athletes Hunger for Glory at Olympics Marred by COVID-19 (Balkan Insight)
• Vucic: Serbia will protect interests if Kosovo campaigns for independence (Euractiv)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Checkmate! Kosovo Elderly Find Solace – and Rivalry – in Ancient Game (Balkan Insight)
• Childbirth Often Traumatic in CEE, But Few Women Seek Redress (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 21, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 21, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 5 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Government convinced it will immunise 60% of population (media)
• Abazi: Non-recognition of Kosovo is a threat to the EU security umbrella (media)
• KDI: Assembly should ratify four international agreements (media)
• Assembly without quorum, agreement with European Bank postponed (media)
• Hoti reacts to Murati on budget review: do not deceive the MPs (media)
• Who and what loses from the failure of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (RFE Albanian media)
• Srpska Lista re-elects ‘North Kosovo’s real ruler’ Radoicic as VP (Prishtina Insight)
• A greater involvement of women in decision-making is required (Kosovapress)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian areas without new Covid-19 cases (Radio KIM)
• Why did Erdogan start the “battle for Kosovo” from Cyprus? (B92, Sputnik)
• Vucic reacts to Erdogan’s statement on working to increase recognitions of Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Miftaraj: Borrell and Lajcak are unable to control the dialogue process (KoSSev)
• Mrdalj: Vucic’s concern over position of Kosovo Serbs could encourage new attacks (KoSSev)
• Serbian List with the same leadership in the next four years (RTS)
• Dacic: Recognizing Kosovo is red line Serbia won’t cross (N1)
• SOC Patriarch Porfirije congratulates Eid al-Adha: Holidays should bring us closer (N1)
• Risto Jovanovic sentenced to six months in prison, can be released on EUR 6.700 bail (Kosovo-online)
• Srboljub Veselinovic, an IDP from Prizren, detained at Jarinje crossing (Kosovo Online, Radio Mitrovica sever, KiM radio)

Opinion:

• Greece and Kosovo’s budding relationship (Prishtina Insight)
• “Erdogan doesn’t say anything by accident, such as lobbying for Kosovo independence” (B92, Kosovo-online)

International:

• What Progress Has the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Made? (Balkan Insight)
• Second Vucic-Kurti meeting ends with no agreements (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• The Kosovar scientist at the cutting edge of architecture (Kosovo 2.0)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 19, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: Three new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti meets Lajcak ahead of meeting with Vucic (Kallxo)
• Kurti: Today we commemorate Rahovec massacre (media)
• Hoti: Serbia to open war archives (media)
• Serwer: Kosovo to walk away from a bad deal with Serbia, improve relations with China (Klan)
• Repatriation of 11 Kosovo citizens from Syria carried out with U.S. support (EO)

Serbian Language Media:

• New round of talks – Vucic vs. Kurti; Borrell will present his expectations first (B92, Tanjug)
• Serbian FM hopes Greece will not change its stance on Kosovo (Beta, N1, TV Prva)
• Selakovic believe that Serbia will not have to give up Kosovo for the sake of joining the EU (APA, media)
• Dacic: International community should pressure Kosovo Albanians (FoNet, N1, TV Prva)
• Mini Schengen and the politics of the “Serbian world” do not go together (N1)
• The trial of Risto Jovanovic from Podgorica, arrested in Gazimestan, begun (Novi Magazin, Beta, RTS)
• Memorial service in Velika Hoca: ”23 years spent in pain, fear, waiting and uncertainty” (KoSSev, RTK2, Beta)

Opinion:

• ”Courageous Kosovo ”, ”criminal Serbia ” and history left unsaid (KoSSev)

International:

• Western Balkans region gets endorsement from Merkel on path to EU integration (eureporter.co)

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