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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 15, 2021

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Albanian Language Media: COVID – 19: 296 new cases, seven deaths (media) Government decides to ease measures in the fight against coronavirus (media) Hoti presents economic recovery program, promises pensions’ increase (media) EU Ambassador signs three projects worth € 11.8 million (media) Kosovo leaders pay homage to Recak victims (media) Kosnett and Orlando remember Recak […]

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 14, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 14, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 279 new cases, four deaths (media)
• Vetevendosje and Osmani’s list to run under joint ticket (media)
• Hoti: Kosovo entered dialogue with Serbia on clear principles (media)
• ECAP rejects VV’s complaint over verification of Diaspora voters (media)
• CEC warns of an unauthorised online application form (media)
• Votes from Serbia to arrive through transit post (RFE)
• Former Kosovo Police director, Rashit Qalaj, joins PDK (media)
• AAK to present candidates for MPs on Friday (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Eight newly infected persons, two deaths in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic: Reeker and Lajcak very important, but to change the Washington agreement someone must ask Serbia too (KoSSev)
• Dacic: Kosovo is also mine, as it is Thaci’s and Kurti’s (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic banned from entering Kosovo to deliver aid (N1)
• Serbian List: EU to react to violation of agreement on freedom of movement (KiM radio)
• EC: EU’s position on Kosovo status is known and unchanged (RTS, Tanjug)
• On eve of 3rd anniversary of Oliver Ivanovic’s murder, Serbian weekly publishes book (KoSSev)
• The Tanjug team after seven hours of waiting allowed to enter Kosovo (Tanjug, Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Serbian power company buys shares in Montenegrin counterpart (N1)

International:

• Erdogan’s great game: Turkish intrigue in the Balkans (Financial Times)
• Kosovo State Radio Accused of Censorship and Discrimination (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Denmark Allocates €6 Million to Western Balkans Countries to Help Them With Border Controls & Repatriation of Migrants (schengenvisainfo.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 13, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 299 new cases, one death (media)
• Acting President Osmani visits the Belgian Parliament (media)
• Sassoli firm: Fighting corruption and crime brings Kosovo closer to EU (Koha)
• Human Rights Watch Annual World Report (HRW)
• Kosovo minister of Economy offers resignation (Gazeta Express)
• Samedin Mehmeti elected director of the Kosovo Police (media)
• Police: Three police officers injured during PSD protest yesterday (RTK)
• Radio Kosova stops broadcasting audio plays after story of Serb woman (Koha)
• Kurti: The rain highlighted the failures of 20 years of misgovernance (media)
• AAK is aiming president position with an economic governing program (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Ten new cases of Covid-19 in Serbian areas in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• WHO official in Serbia: End of epidemic far away (N1)
• US Embassy in Belgrade: Regional cooperation and BG-PR dialogue remains a priority (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• “More pressure on Serbia about Kosovo pushes it closer to Russia and China” (RFE, FoNet, N1)
• Father Sava: The Church position on Kosovo is united (KiM radio)
• European Commission service deleted disputable post on Twitter about Vjosa Osmani (RTS)
• Sava Janjic: I hope EU would remind Kosovo to implement Constitutional Court decision on Decani (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic: Let’s meet half-way with Pristina (N1, Happy TV, Kosovo-online)
• Two minority pre-election coalitions have applied for upcoming Kosovo elections (RTK2)

Opinion:

• How Biden can make a big difference in the Western Balkans (ECFR)

International:

• Albania carries out 1st vaccinations with donated doses (AP)
• Bishop with Attitude Threatens to Shake Up Serbian Politics (Balkan Insight)
• Last Despatches: Mystery Shrouds British Reporter’s Death in Kosovo Border Shelling (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 12, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 12, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 279 new cases, four deaths (media)
• Zemaj: We’re looking into the possibility of relaxing some measures (RTK)
• Osmani begins official visit to Brussels (media)
• Haradinaj reacts to Vucic: Kosovo will join NATO (media)
• LDK – AKR, the first pre-election coalition? (media)
• PDK to run alone in elections, other parties free to join its ticket (Kallxo)
• Daka: We verified Diaspora votes before, will do so with applicants in Serbia too (EO)
• VV appeals CEC’s decision on Diaspora voter registration (Klan)
• NGO Germin to appeal CEC’s decision on Diaspora voters (media)
• CDHRF: Constitutional Court cannot ban Kurti or others to run for election (Koha)
• Qatar pledges continued support for Kosovo (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Serbian communities in Kosovo 24 new cases of Covid-19, one death (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic: Albanians and Europeans want defeat of Serbia; frozen conflict is a danger (TV Happy, KoSSev)
• Selakovic: Serbia expects continuation of China’s support regarding Kosovo (N1, FoNet)
• Petkovic: No one talks to Serbia with language of blackmail (BETA, N1)
• Spahiu: Citizens already know who they will vote for, campaign won’t have an impact (Kosovo Online)
• Lajcak and Reeker on the Western Balkans (Kosovo Online)

Opinion:

• How to fight disenfranchisement, Kosovo style (Prishtina Insight)
International:

• Kosovo Parties Flout Ban on Gatherings Ahead of Election (Balkan Insight)
• EU and the Western Balkans in 2021: Searching for a Way Back to Normal (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• More than 85.500 citizens have applied for vaccination (B92, Tanjug)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 11, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 206 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Hoti warns of possibility to return reciprocity with Serbia (RFE, media)
• Hoti: Agreement for the Office at Presevo Valley, to be signed on Monday (RTK)
• CEC decides on political entities’ campaign expenses (Indeksonline)
• Hoti: We are in the process of finalizing MP list (RTK)
• Enver Hoxhaj reveals PDK offer for Presevo Valley (RTK)
• Justice Party boycotts elections (media)
• Hoti monitors closely the situation after the recent floods (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Seven new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Election calculations in Kosovo: Kurti the favorite; what the Serbian list will do (KoSSev, N1)
• Jeremic: Firm stance on Kosovo status precondition for normalization of living circumstances (Danas)
• Petkovic: To Jeremic Kosovo is a prey, to us highest value (TV Most)
• Serbian Crisis Team: Anti-coronavirus measures unchanged, schools open Jan 18 (N1, RTS)
• Serbia launches platform for citizens to apply for vaccination (N1, BETA, FoNet)
• Poll: Over 40 pct of Serbia’s people believe in coronavirus conspiracy theories (BETA, N1)
• Office for KiM promised assistance to families affected by floods (Radio KIM)

International:

• Shaped by Kosovo’s war, Vjosa Osmani won’t blink in her battle to cut out the rot (The Times)
• Apparent Body-Shaming Shows Even Kosovo’s Top Official Must Endure ‘Disgusting Misogyny’ (RFE)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Floods across Kosovo cause disruptions and evacuations (Prishtina Insight)
• Floods throughout central Kosovo, Grabovac village in the north under the water (KoSSev, KiM radio, RTV puls, Radio Mitrovica sever)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 8, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 8, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 321 new cases, five deaths (media)
• Ministry of Health insists it has secured Pfizer vaccine (media)
• Vetevendosje says Constitutional Court ruling is not about Kurti (Koha)
• CEC announces a ten-day campaign for extraordinary elections (media)
• Rama: Two KSF units to be deployed to peacekeeping missions (RFE)
• Petkovic’s visit clashes PM Hoti and FM Haradinaj-Stublla (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

• 13 new cases of Covid-19, three deaths in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Over 30 families from Mitrovica North got new apartments on Christmas Eve (KoSSev)
• Petkovic: Serbia is doing its best to strengthen health care system in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Specialist Prosecution: Thaci undermined court, we are not in favor of lifting detention (Radio KIM)
• Vucic: Serbian people face hard challenges (N1)
• Fabrizi hopes Serbia could open more chapters in 2021 (N1, Blic)
• Serb house in Babin Most burglarized (KIM Radio)

Opinion:

• Stop using the Balkans as a synonym for chaos (Prishtina Insight)

International:

• Balkans feel abandoned as vaccinations kick off in Europe (AP)
• Thirteen countries call on EU to support Eastern Partnership vaccine efforts (EurActiv)
• Serbia Starts Inoculations With Russia’s Sputnik-V Vaccine (RFE)
• COVID vaccine: EU orders 300 million more BioNTech-Pfizer doses (DW)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo: Infant-toddler centres and preschools are not yet a priority (Balcanicaucaso)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 5, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 5, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 199 new cases, four new deaths (media)
• Kosovo ensures 500 thousand anti-COVID vaccines from Pfizer (media)
• Mustafa ironizes with Osmani’s statement on her eventual return to LDK (RTK)
• Osmani outlines political future (Prishtina Insight)
• Dialogue with Serbia on 2020 Seen as Failure in Kosovo (Exit.al)
• Assembly extraordinary session for sending KSF on missions with Iowa National Guard, today (media)
• Hoxhaj: Presevo Valley will be the main issue in the dialogue with Serbia (media)
• AKR to compete in elections with LDK? (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 19 new cases of Covid-19, one death registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Vucic: Forthcoming not an easy year of fight with coronavirus, pressures on the issues related to Kosovo and Republika Srpska (Tanjug, Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Selakovic: Belgrade for the continuation of a serious and effective dialogue (Tanjug, Kosovo Online, TV Pink)
• Stano: The dialogue continues despite the elections in Kosovo; Belgrade and Pristina to cooperate on vaccines (Kontakt plus radio, Tanjug)
• Tanaskovic: It would be no surprise that Pristina bypasses Washington agreement (N1, Sputnik)
• “Diary of a Decani monk 1903-1906“ published – original records and documents from the monastery archives (KoSSev)
• Sava Janjic: To reconstruct shrines destroyed after the war (Kosovo-online)
• Yet another complaint filed on decision to ban Arlov from entering Kosovo (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• EU cannot ignore history in Balkans enlargement (euobserver.com)

International:

• Flawed Cybersecurity Is a Ticking Time Bomb for the Balkans (foreignpolicy.com)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Year in Pictures: 2020 in the Balkans and Central Europe (Balkan Insight)
• Heartwarming harmony as Balkan tensions set aside in Croatia’s hour of need after deadly earthquake (euronews.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 30, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 234 new cases, seven deaths (media)
• Kosovo requests from Italy help to ensure anti-COVID-19 vaccines (media)
• Osmani and Kurti discussed political situation with Viola Von Cramon (media)
• Osmani: Time has come for our soldiers to contribute to foreign peacekeeping forces (media)
• Hoxhaj: I am certain PDK will lead with future government (RTK)
• Musliu: PDK does not have any red lines even for LVV (media)
• AAK will run on its own in the elections (media)
• Ramadani expects anti-COVID vaccines to arrive in Kosovo by March (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Serbian communities in Kosovo 26 newly infected (KoSSev)
• Jevtic not satisfied with the return process, 273 people returned this year (KoSSev)
• KLI report: There is a culture of impunity in Kosovo, most of the accused politicians belong to PDK (KoSSev)
• Ambassador Djuric: We want the United States to be a part of Serbia’s recovery (B92, Politika)
• Office for KiM: Pristina is creating a climate in which attacks on Serbs are permissible (Kosovo-online)
• Russian Ambassador says vaccine to arrive in Serbia soon (N1, B92)
• Vucic offers help to Croatia following earthquake (BETA, N1)
• Arts, entertainment, and recreation industry suffer the most damage during the pandemic, the IT sector the least (KoSSev)
• Trajkovic: Veton Surroi, Kosovo’s new leader (Kosovo Online)

International:

• Kosovo Is Losing Its Biggest Supporter In Congress; But It May Be Too Early For Serbia To Celebrate (RFE)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Two police officers suspended after video of an assault (Prishtina Insight)
• Unequal Damage, Fair Recovery? (Kosovo 2.0)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 29, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 29, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 109 new cases, eight deaths (media)
• Osmani: Anti-COVID vaccines, only after April (Radio Free Europe)
• NISMA in coalition talks with PDK (media)
• Abrashi: We paid special attention to implementation of Washington agreement (KP/Klan)
• Weber: Thaci’s departure from politics to be seen as collapse of post-war political elite (Koha)
• Following resignation, Cakaj denies joining election race in Kosovo (Indeksonline)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Serbian communities in Kosovo 30 new cases of Covid-19, one death (Kontakt plus radio)
• European Commission aid package to help Western Balkans with vaccination (N1)
• Serbian government pandemic Crisis Staff bans New Year celebrations (N1, FoNet)
• Jevtic: Repanovic family house in Osojane robbed for the seventh time (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic on Serwer: I do not play with meaningless statements (Kosovo-online)

Opinion:

• COVID-19 only exacerbated Kosovo education’s preexisting conditions (Prishtina Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits Croatia (aljazeera.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 28, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 181 new cases, eight deaths (media)
• Hoti discusses with Varhelyi Serbia’s illegal smuggling of anti-COVID vaccines (Koha)
• Loncar: Vucic proposed to bring Covid-19 vaccines to all communities in Kosovo at beginning of January (Indeksonline)
• Kosovo Parliament to decide on Budget 2021 today (Express)
• Recica: PDK does not have special requests for approval of the budget (RTK)
• Haradinaj-Stublla travels to Turkey (RTK)
• Quni: We will soon become members of the Adriatic Charter (Koha)
• Hoti: There are several candidates for PM in LDK, each, better than the other (RTK)
• Daka: Organising elections, a challenge (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• 48 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic: Did anyone ask Ms. Haradinaj which provision of the Brussels agreement we violated with the vaccines? (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic: Politics has no place in preserving the health of citizens (KiM radio, Kontakt plus radio, RTS, Politika)
• Petkovic: Season of hunt for Serbs is not closed even at time of pandemics (Kosovo Online)
• Loncar for Indeksonline – Vucic proposed to bring Covid-19 vaccines to all communities in Kosovo at beginning of January (KoSSev)
• Fr. Ilarion: Let us not strive for imaginary happiness because it lies in our hearts (KoSSev)
• Serbia to send Covid-19 vaccines to BiH’s Republika Srpska entity (N1)
• NATO-led KFOR: Security in Kosovo stable (BETA, N1, KIM Radio)
• Permission of “Hortikultura” needed for Serb funerals at Pristina Orthodox cemetery? (Radio KIM, Gracanica-online)
• Milorad Arlov banned to enter Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Halimi: How to trust the Kosovo judiciary after the embarrassment with the trial for the murder of Ivanovic? (Kosovo Online, Politika)
• HLC: On Nenad Arsic’s sentence after insight and analysis of the first-instance verdict (Radio KIM)

International:

• Kosovo Protests ‘Illegal’ Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines in North (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 24, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 24, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 331 new cases, 9 deaths (media)
• “Healthcare workers, people with chronic illnesses to get first vaccines” (media)
• Mustafa: Court’s ruling was unjust and unprofessional (media)
• Vetevendosje’s Haxhiu: We don’t plan to talk about coalitions (media)
• PDK’s Haliti does not rule out coalition with Vetevendosje (media)
• Serwer: Fall of Hoti-led government doesn’t produce political instability (Koha)
• Pause in the Kosovo – Serbia dialogue (Radio Free Europe)

Serbian Language Media:

22 new cases of Covid-19, three deaths registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (KoSSev)
Brnabic first European PM vaccinated against coronavirus (KoSSev, N1)
Vasic: I expect verdict of acquittal in Arsic’s case (Radio KIM)
Dusan Janjic: I would not exclude possibility of Serb being Kosovo Prime Minister (Kosovo-online)
Viola von Cramon: Vučić’s statement on independence of Kosovo is not his final say (Kosovo-online)
Petković reacts to latest statement of von Cramon (Radio Mitrovica sever)
Majority of Serbian citizens support EU membership (N1)

Opinion:

• Kosovo can’t allow the dialogue to continue in this form (Prishtina Insight)

International:

• Kosovo pins U.N. membership hopes on Biden presidency (Reuters)
• Switzerland, Serbia set to vaccinate before EU (Politico)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo Opera and Ballet Law Dances Around Hall Issue (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 23, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 23, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 271 new cases, 12 deaths (media)
• Mustafa: LDK to announce candidate for prime minister after elections are set (media)
• Bislimi: Polls indicate LVV stands to win 55 MP seats (media)
• PDK spokesperson reacts to LVV’s poll (Kallxo)
• LDK blames CEC for the downfall of Hoti-led government (Kosovapress/Koha)
• NISMA: We have no red lines towards any party (media)
• AKR open to prospects of a pre-election coalition (media)
• Osmani meets representatives of 6+ Group, Serbian List (media)
• Kusari-Lila to run alongside LVV in upcoming elections (media)
• Haradinaj: I would drop presidential candidacy in favour of Jashari family (Zeri/RTK)
• Barrie Lynne Freeman from USA appointed deputy head of UNMIK (media)
• EU supports Kosovo with 24 million euros (media)
• Kosovo suspends flights with UK over coronavirus variant concerns (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Serbian communities 39 new cases of Covid-19, four deceased (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic: State official to get vaccine first (N1, FoNet)
• Reeker: The Balkans are a geopolitical field (KiM radio, Tanjug)
• EU: Pristina to respect and implement the agreements from the dialogue with Belgrade (Tanjug, Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Belgrade-Pristina agreement within next couple of months impossible (Radio KIM)
• Jevtic: No PCR test needed to enter Kosovo from Serbia (KoSSev)
• RTS: Murders and disappearances of journalists in Kosovo – crimes that everyone is silent about (Kosovo Online)
• Office for KiM reacts to stoning of school in Vitina (TV Most)
• Serbian List: EULEX, UNMIK and KFOR to ensure safety for all citizens (Kosovo-online)
• The Fatherland Movement: Vucic to say loud and clear whether he sold or gave away the energy system (nspm.rs)
• Serbian List: Fabrications that someone sold the electricity system in Kosovo (Kosovo Online)

Opinion:

• A New EU Deal for the Balkans: Time to Remake the Anteroom (geopoliticalmonitor.com)

International:

• Kosovo Finds 11 War Victims in Hidden Graves in 2020 (Balkan Insight)

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