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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 21, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 21, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Mehaj: US reconfirmed support to build KSF at military level (media)
• Lajcak: I trust concrete findings will be presented in six months (media)
• “Government to focus on final agreement, no return to technical dialogue” (Lajmi)
• Haradinaj: Reforms in judiciary in partnership with US and EU (media)
• GLPS on EC report: Kosovo has not achieved desired results (Koha)
• Ex-intelligence employee arrested, suspected of leaking information (media)
• COVID-19: 18 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 56 new Covid-19 cases in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Petkovic: Von Cramon relativizes the violence against the Serbian people in the north of Kosovo (NMagazin, N1)
• “Impermissible to try Serbs in Kosovo without solid evidence” (Radio KIM,Kosovo-online, RTS)
• Von Cramon tells N1 Kosovo police operation “was necessary” (N1)
• Odalovic: Pristina has maximalist demands (Radio KIM, RTS)
• Bislimi: There will be no CSM (ZSO); Serbian List is manipulating (Kosovo Online, RTK2)
• Petkovic: Bislimi’s statement that Community of Serbian Municipalities will not be formed, culmination of irresponsibility (RTS)
• Dacic: Greece is reassuring us they will not recognize Kosovo (Kosovo-online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 20, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: No individual or group will be more powerful than the state (media)
• U.S. and EU support Kosovo’s commitment to fight corruption (RTK)
• Enlargement Package 2021 delivered to Konjufca (RTK)
• Stano speaks about meeting tomorrow between technical teams of Kosovo and Serbia (RFE Albanian)
• Rohde: Germany is Kosovo’s steadfast partner (media)
• Public debt increases to 1.5 billion euros during the COVID-19 pandemic (media)
• COVID-19: 14 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Borrell and Blinken called for a “sustainable reduction of tensions” in Kosovo (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Stano: The Working Group goal is to find a permanent solution for license plates (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic: Tomorrow in Brussels on freedom of movement and license plates (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Bilcik: Western Balkans should focus on reforms (N1)
• Elections should have been postponed until demilitarization is carried out, security marketing is dangerous (KoSSev)
• Serbian List: Winning the local elections was not very pleasant for those who worked against the interests of our people (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Momcilo Trajkovic: Ever since I wrote an open letter to Vucic, I have been “on measures” (N1, KoSSev)

Opinion:

• America’s new instrument in the Balkans (Euractive)

International:

• Kremlin says Putin-Biden meeting this year is possible (Reuters)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo* Supreme Court: Kelag’s three small hydropower plants must be shut down (balkangreenenergynews.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 19, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Local elections proved Kosovo is a true democracy (media)
• Kurti, Haradinaj clash over operations in the north (Telegrafi)
• Heated debate at the Assembly between ruling and opposition parties on the issue of gas (Kallxo)
• LDK leader: A great comeback (media)
• Visoka Weller says she was not allowed to speak about Decan Monastery at conference (Kallxo)
• Kosovo: More than 50 percent of adult population vaccinated against COVID-19 (Koha)
• COVID-19: One death, 17 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 37 new Covid-19 cases in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Pristina suffered political defeat; new police actions possible (RTV)
• Elek: Sofronijevic transferred to Belgrade for further treatment (Radio KIM)
• Switzerland condemns threats to Embassy and Serbian leadership (RTS)
• Serbian Journalists Association calls Serbian List to invite all media in Kosovo to conferences (KoSSev, N1, KiM radio)
• Serbian List has monopolised the lives of Serbs in Kosovo (RTK2, KoSSev, KiM radio)

International:

• Kosovo Ruling Party Loses Ground in Municipal Elections (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• ‘Someone’s Daughters’: Unpunished Revenge Porn’s Terrifying Toll in the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 18, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 18, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Counting of all votes in 33 municipalities completed, these are the results (RTK)
• LVV without any municipality against other winning parties (RFE Albanian)
• Kurti satisfied with the result of Vetevendosje in the local elections (Koha)
• Xhacka: Kosovo and Albania have the common future (media)
• EU Ministers expected to discuss situation in Western Balkans (RFE Albanian)
• Mustafa: The LDK voters showed that they cannot be deceived for long (KosovaPress)
• Progress in dialogue with Serbia helps Kosovo join NATO (Ekonomia Online)
• Kosovo ruling party loses ground in municipal elections (Prishtina Insight)
• COVID-19: No deaths, 1 new case (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 28 new cases registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio KIM)
• Brnabic congratulated the Serbian List: They showed what unity and harmony mean (RTS)
• Selakovic: The victory of the Serbian List is an indicator of the persistence, courage and indomitability of Serbian people (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic: Convincing victory shows importance of Serbian unity (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• In Serbian communities Serbian List’s mayors (KoSSev)
• CEC: Run-off possible in Serb-majority Klokot municipality (N1)
• Janjic: Results in Kosovo expected, Kurti knew he was losing elections (N1)
• Crosses at Orthodox cemetery in Orahovac broken (Radio KIM)
• “False narrative that no KLA soldier committed any crime” (Radio KIM)
• KFOR withdrew from Jarinje (Radio KIM)
• Serbian Embassy in Bern receives threats in relation to Kosovo (Politika, Tanjug)
• Rakic to KoSSev: You get what deserve (KoSSev)
• Danas: Last October, Rakic also announced that Serbian List would leave Kosovo institutions
• “Ljiljana Subaric will be the mayor the least, people from shadow will come out” (KiM radio)

Opinion:

• Chronicle of the Tragedy Announced (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 15, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• President Osmani to address UN Security Council session at 16:00 (media)
• Borrell, Blinken call for Kosovo-Serbia dialogue to continue (RFE)
• “Der Standard”: Belgrade seems to be writing Borrell’s Twitter posts (Koha)
• Kosovo offers to U.S.opportunity to build permanent military base media)
• 30 days of detention for suspects arrested in police operation in north (media)
• New COMKFOR: We remain committed to peace and stability (Klan Kosova)
• 3,500 police officers, 35 judges and 80 prosecutors for election security (media)
• MacShane: Hope Hill puts map of independent Kosovo in his office (Express)
• COVID-19: 20 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic to Borrell: Serbia wants peace, stability, ready for talks with Pristina (N1)
• Rada Trajkovic on police action in northern Kosovo, responds to British Embassy (Kosovo-online)
• Marko Jaksic points out the demands to boycott the institutions in Pristina (Danas, FoNet)
• House of Rumena Ljubic in center of Pec stoned for second time (RTS)
• The last day of the election campaign, Serb candidates for president in 11 municipalities (Kosovo Online, RTS)
• Vucic with Putin on November 25 (Vecernje Novosti)
• UNS: To investigate who was behind hacker attack on Kosovo-online portal (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic: Kurti generates crisis for handful of votes (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Bieber: Tensions between Kosovo and Serbia unsurprising considering the state of EU policy (EWB)

International:

• US Names Wartime Serbia-Kosovo Negotiator as Belgrade Ambassador (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 14, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 14, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We are combating multiethnic criminal groups (media)
• UK Embassy supports Kosovo Government in upholding rule of law (media)
• Stano: North of Kosovo is specific, unilateral actions damaging (G. Express)
• Police provide new details about anti-smuggling operation (media)
• Police union condemns attacks on police officers in the north (media)
• Mehaj, Escobar discuss security issues (Radio Free Europe)
• “Borrell cannot act like a police commander in Kosovo” (Paparaci)
• Former Montenegrin Foreign Minister reacts to Borrell’s remarks (Koha)
• Protesters throw smoke bomb in Albanian embassy yard in Belgrade (Paparaci)
• Bosnian journalist reveals Vucic’s plans for destabilisation (Gazeta Express)
• COVID-19: No deaths, 31 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 18 new cases registered in Serbian areas (KoSSev)
• A new UNMIK report on the situation in Kosovo; Guterres calls for the implementation of existing agreements (RTS)
• Stano: North of Kosovo specific, unilateral actions detrimental (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Selakovic at UN tomorrow to talk also about unilateral Pristina’s acts (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Barricades in northern Kosovo removed, wounded Serb out of life danger (N1)
• Simic: It is peaceful this morning, but Serbs are afraid and angry (Kosovo-online)
• Citizens from northern Kosovo, Serbian List met President Vucic in Raska (KoSSev)
• NIN journalist: Action in Kosovo for Kurti to increase his chances ahead of elections (N1)
• Janjic, Sovrlic on latest crisis in Kosovo (N1)
• Initiative OPEN calls the EU’s more active involvement in resolving the increasingly frequent crisis situations in Kosovo (Radio Mitrovica sever, Kontakt plus radio, KoSSev)
• House of Rumena Ljubic, the only Serb woman in center of Pec, stoned (Radio KIM)
• Bancroft: Kosovo police action will create additional tensions between Kosovo institutions and Serbs (Kosovo Online)
• “After the recent vehicle plates war, now on table is a war against the smuggling goods” (Nova S, Newsmax Adria, KoSSev)
• Djuric to von Cramon: You should be ashamed (Kosovo-online)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Christian NGO’s child sponsorship program angers Kosovo parents (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 13, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Serbs in the north oppose police anti-smuggling operation (media)
• Kurti: Crime and criminal groups will not be tolerated and will be fought (media)
• Borrell: Violent incidents in the north to stop immediately (media)
• Police provide information about today’s operation (media)
• Ministers: Police operation aimed at fighting criminal groups (Kallxo)
• Haradinaj: No one can attack the police, operation’s timing dilemmas to be clarified (media)
• CDHRF: Authorities to take action against all those violating the law (media)
• AGK: Albanian and Serb journalists attacked in Mitrovica North (media)
• Kosovo Government adopts concept document for vetting in judiciary (media)
• COVID-19: One death, 29 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Petkovic: Mitrovica and Zvecan showered with bursts, a showdown with the bare-handed people (N1)
• PM Brnabic: I call on the international community, KFOR and NATO to react urgently (RTS)
• Petkovic: Another provocation of Kurti, I informed Lajcak (RTS)
• Dr Elek: Patient with gunshot wound operated and stable, injured right shoulder blade and broken rib (Kosovo Online)
• Rakic before meeting with Vucic (Vecernje Novosti, TV Pink, Kosovo Online)
• Journalists of KoSSev face pressure not to report during the N. Mitrovica conflict (KoSSev)
• The Diocese of Raska and Prizren calls for calming the situation (KiM radio)
• Tear gas, shock bombs and sirens in the northern part of Mitrovica, police action and citizens’ protest (media)
• Daily Blic: Christopher Hill new US ambassador to Serbia (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic calls internally displaced from Kosovo to go to the polls on October 17th (KiM radio)
• Serbia calls on internally displaced persons to vote (KiM radio)

International:

• Kosovo police clash with ethnic Serbs during smuggling raids (AP)
• One Serb shot, 6 policemen injured in Kosovo clashes (Reuters)
• Kosovo Police Clash With Serbs in Anti-Smuggling Crackdown (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 12, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Lumezi demands maximum commitment in defending local election process (Kallxo)
• Svecla: We had excellent coordination for the operation in the north (media)
• Police Director: There were plans to destroy border crossings (Express)
• President Osmani decorates KFOR Commander (media)
• Pacolli claims three countries have provided guarantees for the accused in The Hague (media)
• COVID-19: No deaths, 35 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 20 new cases registered in Serbian areas (KoSSev)
• Summit of Non-Aligned Movement continues in Belgrade (B92)
• Analyst: Arms trade, Kosovo issue on Belgrade Non-Aligned Summit’s agenda (N1)
• Dacic, Cavusoglu: Serbia-Turkey relations at exceptional level (N1)
• Vucic: Pristina thinks it solves problems with fierce statements (KoSSev)
• Osmani attacks the Non-Aligned Summit due to loss of support at the international level, says Petkovic (NMagazin, Beta)
• FM Selakovic: UN SC Resolution 1244 guarantee of peace, stability (Tanjug)
• Rakic: Victory of Serbian List a matter of survival, let’s show unanimity and decisiveness (Vecernje Novosti, Kosovo Online)

International:

• GRETA publishes its second report on Kosovo*

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 11, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• PM Kurti meets SRSG Tanin on eve of UN Security Council meeting (media)
• COVID-19: 2 deaths, 14 new cases (media)
• Health Institute warns of increased cases if people don’t get vaccinated (media)
• PDK calls on government to reconsider decision on gas pipeline (Klan Kosova)
• Court annuls decision on electricity payment in four north municipalities (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 35 new cases, one death registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio kontakt plus)
• Belgrade marking 60 years of the Non-Aligned Movement (B92, media)
• UN SG Guterres says Non-Aligned Movement has crucial role in the world (RTS, N1)
• Putin: Positive potential of the Non-Aligned Movement of special significance (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Selakovic: Continuous consideration of the issue of KiM in the UN Security Council is of essential importance for Serbia (Danas)
• Lavrov in Belgrade: It is time to form the CSM, a solution that suits Serbia and resolution 1244 (KoSSev)
• Zakharova: Rama’s statement on the unification of Kosovo and Albania unacceptable for Russia (B92, Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Simic: All ten Serbian-majority municipalities must remain in hands of Serbian people (Tanjug)
• More than 13,000 license plates stickers issued in Kosovo (N1, RTS)

Opinion:

• Kurti’s wife’s book (Demostat, Danas)

International:

• Kosovo Arrests Five Suspects for Plotting Terrorist Attacks (Balkan Insight)
• As Non-Aligned Summit Kicks Off In Serbia, Bosnian Serb Leader Slams International Overseer (RFE)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 8, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 8, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo takes anti-dumping measures towards certain Serb products (media)
• Police in the north have begun distribution of license plates stickers (RFE)
• Same day elections in Kosovo and North Macedonia raise dilemma for voters with dual citizenship (Koha)
• Campaign gatherings not allowed to take place inside schools’ premises (media)
• COVID-19: One death, 25 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Lavrov in Belgrade for Non-Aligned conference (N1)
• Mitrovica North residents with different views on sticker regime (KoSSev)
• UNS at the EFJ’s Assembly to seek the International Commission for investigation of the murders of journalist in Kosovo (media)
• Selakovic: Important that UNMIK continues working in undiminished scope and unchanged mandate (media)
• KEDS denied higher electricity bills following media reports on the price increase; State of emergency in Albania (Kosovo Online)
• UN Security Council on October 15 on Kosovo (Kosovo Online, RTV Puls)
• ‘Mirëdita – Dobar dan’ festival in Pristina (RTK2, KiM radio, Kontakt plus radio)

Opinion:

• Battle Over Headlines (Kosovo 2.0)

International:

• Is the EU losing the Western Balkans? (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 7, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Tannin at regular meetings with Belgrade officials, reports on Kosovo at UNSC on 15 October (Klan)
• Seven congressmen send letter to Biden and Blinken on Kosovo-Serbia license plate issue (media)
• Sanchez criticized by Spanish politicians for talking to Kurti in Slovenia (media)
• Hoti: Serbia’s state archives help enlighten fate of the missing (media)
• COVID-19: No deaths, 30 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 35 new cases, one death (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• SRSG Tanin met President Vucic ahead of UN SC session on Kosovo (media)
• Vucic: Serbia’s EU accession depends on solution to issues with Kosovo (N1)
• World Health Organization in Belgrade office chief on pandemic situation in Serbia (N1)
• MTS d.o.o buys cable operators (KiM radio, Kontakt plus radio)
• Radovic: Police station in Mitrovica North started distribution of stickers (Kosovo-online, KoSSev)
• Vlajic: I didn’t request to extend deadline to Todosijevic to appear and serve sentence, summons has not arrived yet (KoSSev)
• Petkovic: Upcoming elections important for the survival of Serbs in Kosovo (Politika, RTS, Kosovo online)

Opinion:

• Living on both sides of the border (Kosovo 2.0)

International:

• EU leaders fail to give Balkan nations a membership timeline (AP)
• Kosovo rebel veterans’ leaders deny charges over leaked witness data (Reuters)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 6, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 6, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Joint EU-Western Balkans statement expected to be adopted in Slovenia (RFE)
• Kurti at Slovenia summit seeks visa liberalization and EU integration (RTK)
• Varhelyi: talks about visa liberalization for Kosovo (Telegrafi)
• Kurti and Vucic to meet in Slovenia, Merkel and Macron to participate in the meeting (media)
• Kosovo without state symbols at the Slovenia summit (RTK)
• RWLSEE demands mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia (RTK)
• Former Serbian minister calling Recak massacre a fabrication, escapes from Kosovo (media)
• CDHRF reacts after Stanisic’s sentence: partial justice for victims (media)
• COVID-19: One death, 41 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Borrell: The road to the EU requires of Serbia and Kosovo to set differences aside (Beta, Danas)
• Kurti confirmed that he would meet with Vucic in Slovenia (euronews.rs)
• Vucic: No excessive expectations, but I expect positive message from EU (Tanjug)
• EU-Western Balkans summit will not discuss enlargement (N1)
• Vucic: Slovenia wants Western Balkans in EU by 2030 (N1)
• EU Council head: European perspective & lots of money for W. Balkans (N1)
• Kosovo HLC: Verdict to Stanisic without reasoning (Radio KIM)
• Vlajic: Todosijevic did not receive summons to serve his sentence (KoSSev)
• Drecun: Pristina will try to use license plates issue to impose recognition (Politika)
• Selakovic thanked Syria for principled stance on Kosovo (Kosovo-online)

International:

• (LIVE) EU-Western Balkans Summit 2021 (EWB)
• Civil society sets 10 principles for dealing with disputed past (Prishtina Insight)
• Progress stalls on EU entry for Western Balkans nations (AP)
• Slovenia summit: Balkan leaders look to EU to open up club (BBC)
• Western Balkans Awaits EU Summit as Membership Hopes Falter (Balkan Insight)
• You are family, EU chief tells Balkans, leaders not so sure (Reuters)

Humanitarian/Development:

• “Open Balkans” companies at World Exhibition in Dubai (Kosovo-online)

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