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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 19, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Rohde on dialogue: you cannot determine what the other party says (media)
• Two international agreements ratified by the Assembly of Kosovo (RTK)
• President Osmani leaves for an official visit to Canada (media)
• Stoev: Relations with Western Balkans should not be limited to expansion only (RTK)
• Kajari and Skerbinc discuss security situation in Kosovo (RTK)
• Kosovo presidency congratulates the new U.S. Ambassador (media)
• Berisha urges Konjufca to remove Serbian products from Kosovo Assembly buffet (media)
• COVID-19: 7 new cases, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Belgrade on Pristina’s announcement of another anti-dumping measure: Violation of CEFTA (KoSSev)
• “Caution regarding measures on Serbian products, so that there are no repercussions” (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic: Pristina not interested in normalization (Tanjug)
• Selakovic meets with Giaufret, EU ambassadors (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Regional cooperation priority for Serbia (RTS)
• KEDS: ”With an increase in imports and consumption, astronomical prices for citizens expected” (KoSSev, Koha)

Opinion:

• Legal framework for Kosovo Serbs tailored to Pristina (part two): Energy (KoSSev)

International:

• ‘Greater’ Balkan dreams a potential nightmare (ekathimerini.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 18, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 18, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Energy Strategy to offer stead supply for households and businesses (Telegrafi)
• Enver Hoxhaj elected vice president of Kosovo Assembly from PDK (Lajmi)
• Krasniqi to Kurti: The people have spoken, your pace is insufficient (Koha)
• Kusari-Lila: We will engage maximally on election reform (Koha)
• Kosovo launches inquiry into import of certain products from Serbia (Klan)
• A group of Afghan citizens leave Kosovo for U.S. (media)
• COVID-19: 11 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 47 new cases, two deaths registered in Serbian areas (Radio KIM)
• US donates 3.7 million Dollars to Serbia to fight pandemic (N1)
• Svetomir Bacevic pleaded not guilty at hearing in Pristina (Radio KIM)
• EUObserver: EU documents say Western Balkans, Turkey, Dubai are crime hotspots (N1)
• Rakic and Radojevic with Szunyog on important issues for the Serbian people (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• “Procrastination and unreadiness for any sort of compromise” (Radio KIM)
• Pristina announcing possibility of introducing new measures on products from central Serbia (KiM radio, Beta, N1)

International:

• Kosovo and Serbia Fail to Agree on Dialogue Topics (Exit News)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 17, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• The dialogue in Brussels ends without a tripartite meeting (Radio Free Europe)
• US Embassy calls for real progress on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Telegrafi)
• D4D survey on people’s perception of first six months of Kurti government (media)
• Mustafa: Synergy was created not to leave Prishtina to Vetevendosje (Kosovapress)
• EULEX: We’re supporting communication between Kosovo and Serbia (Kallxo)
• COVID-19: 17 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Grenell and Palmer lobbying for Serbia – terrible lie; Pristina does not want to fulfill its obligations (KoSSev, TV Happy)
• Serbian PM expects opening of one cluster in talks with EU, hopes for two (N1)
• Mijacic: Exaggerated assessment that Kurti lost the elections due to non-acceptance of the Washington agreement (Danas)
• “No need to ask your grandfather or grand-grandfather about genocide in Kosovo” (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic: Pristina refused to take part in direct talks, refused to talk about ZSO (Kosovo-online)
• Remains of only 15 missing people from Kosovo have been found over the last two years (RTV Puls)

Opinion:

• Kosovo and Serbia expose Summit for Democracy’s conundrum (atlanticcouncil.org)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Serbian QR COVID-19 code valid in EU with some exceptions (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 16, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 16, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti says meeting in Brussels will focus on missing persons (media)
• Kurti appoints new minister of health (media)
• Konjufca: Serbian List openly blackmailing the Assembly (Klan)
• Osmani: Women in Kosovo continue to face challenges (RTK)
• State Department comments on Afghans housed at Camp Bondsteel (Telegrafi)
• COVID-19: Five new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 78 new cases, one death registered in Serbian areas (KoSSev)
• Dialogue in Brussels to continue in afternoon, Belgrade insists on ZSO (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic on today’s talks in Brussels, meeting with Putin (RTS)
• Brnabic, Dacic: Serbia a militarily neutral country but seeks cooperation with NATO (Tanjug)
• Stefanovic: KFOR to prevent reckless Pristina’s acts (Tanjug)
• Serbian PM invited to Moscow International Export Forum (N1)
• Lavrov and Selakovic on Kosovo, the Balkans and bilateral relations (Tanjug, RTS)
• Lawyer Pantovic: Zoran Djokic, an innocent convict (Beta, Danas)

Opinion:

• Only room for progress on the missing persons in the Brussels talks today (Danas)

International:

• NATO Deputy Secretary General highlights 15 years of NATO-Serbia partnership (nato.int)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 15, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Croatian PM Plenkovic visits Kosovo (media)
• Kosovo officially invited to Biden’s democracy summit (media)
• Osmani rejects reports she secured summit invitation by ‘promising land to Decan Monastery’ (media)
• Kurti comments on local election results (media)
• First interview of architect and mayor-elect of Prishtina (Euronews Albania)
• COVID-19: Four new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 59 new cases (KoSSev)
• Serbian List wins in Klokot (KiM radio)
• Brnabic: Compulsory military service in Kosovo concerning for Serbs (Kosovo-online)
• The Western Balkans – the first item on the EU agenda (B92, Tanjug)
• Citizens punished the demagoguery of Self-Determination in the elections (Kosovo Online, B92)
• Velika Hoca: Broken cross, flag removed from the monument to missing and kidnapped Serbs (KiM radio, N1)
• Bieber: Serbia as such will never become part of EU, Vucic knows that (nova.rs, N1)
• Serbia invited to attend Summit for Democracy in US (Tanjug)

Opinion:

• Are we equal, and why are we not? – the fate of the Serbs south of the Ibar (newsocialinitiative.org)

International:

• Kosovo Ruling Party Loses Capital in Local Election Setbacks (Balkan Insight)
• In a sign of thaw in tensions, Serbia opens trade office in Jerusalem (timesofisrael.com)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Varhelyi: EU to recognize Serbian Covid-19 certificates (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 12, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 12, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Borrell meets Kurti on margins of the Paris Peace Forum (media)
• Bislimi: EC report recognises Government’s work on license plates agreement (media)
• Assembly committee discusses dialogue, visa liberalisation with German ambassador (media)
• COVID-19: 16 new cases, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian PM Brnabic on Kosovo at the 41st UNESCO General Conference (RTS)
• Brnabic: Serbian heritage in Kosovo proof of UNESCO’s importance (RTS)
• Serbian Ambassador to US sends letters to all Congress members (B92)
• Serbian FM lays wreath at WWI Allied cemetery in Greece (N1, Danas)
• Jeton Neziraj: Ghosts of war ready to jump into a new war (Beta, Danas)
• The last day of the campaign for the second round of local elections (KiM radio, KoSSev)
• Bancroft: If Grenell were really getting paid by Serbia would he refer to Merdare ‘as border’ (Kosovo-online)
• UNESCO: We continue to preserve Serbian medieval art in Decani, Sopocani and Studenica (Kosovo Online)
• Trajkovic to Osmani’s reference of Kosovo as ‘source of hope’ (Kosovo-online)

International:

• Kosovo Ruling Party Braces for Test in Mayoral Runoffs (Balkan Insight)
• Trump ‘Shadow Diplomacy’? Deploys ‘Ambassador’ To Address Serbia-Kosovo Tensions (Forbes)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Free legal aid for residents in northern Kosovo (Radio kontakt plus)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 11, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Mehaj: Russia wants to destabilise Kosovo at any cost (Kosovapress)
• Third dose of the vaccine in Kosovo in a matter of days (RFE)
• Citizens concerned with Delta Plus, ready to take third vaccine dose (EO)
• COVID-19: Six new cases, no deaths (media)
• Police seize 75 kg of drugs, three cars and cash, five arrested (media)
• Grenell comments on claims he asked for fall of Kurti I government (Express)
• Serbian Gendarmerie entering Kosovo in civilian clothes, residents say (Lajmi)
• Pendarovski: Kosovo no longer a priority for the U.S. (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 70 new cases registered in Serbian areas (Radio KIM)
• The next round of dialogue in Brussels on November 16 (RTS, Tanjug)
• Serbia against Kosovo membership in UNESCO (Kosovo-online, media)
• Vucic: Electricity prices for households unchanged, nuclear power under consideration (N1)
• Grenell visits Kosovo, talks to journalists at Merdare crossing point (B92, media)
• Bilcik urges reconciliation in Western Balkans (N1)
• Armistice Day marked in Pristina; the French ambassador calls for reconciliation between Kosovo and Serbia (Kosovo Online, Ekonomia Online)
• State Department: We do not comment on why some countries were not invited to summit (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Legal framework for Kosovo Serbs tailored to Pristina (KoSSev)
• Turkey’s Pragmatic Policy in the Balkans has its Limits (Balkan Insight)

International:

• US Warns Berisha Not to Retake Albanian Democratic Party (BIRN)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Group of young Albanians visited Visoki Decani Monastery (Radio KIM)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 10, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 10, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Civil society urges U.S. to invite Kosovo to Biden’s Democracy Summit (Prishtina Insight)
• Government forms mechanism to document war crimes (Indeksonline)
• Reka: Balkans in a geopolitical vacuum; Escobar has a lot of work (Klan Kosova)
• President’s Office reacts to Mladic mural in downtown Belgrade (media)
• Government pledges €100 million investments in agriculture (Telegrafi)
• Ministry of Health could be given to “Guxo” List (Koha)
• COVID-19: 14 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: “ZSO to print three lighters and to deliver two pencils, so that Osmani is satisfied” (KoSSev)
• “ZSO must be established with all competencies that belong to it” (Radio KIM)
• US stance on ZSO remains unchanged: Respect Brussels agreement (RTS)
• One more Serb accused of war crime in Kosovo (Radio KIM, media)
• Serbian Chamber of Commerce Office opens in Jerusalem today (Kosovo-online)
• Arlov: Kosovo police grossly violates my rights, banned from entering Kosovo for third time (Kosovo-online, media)
• EU: Time for Serbia to muse on reforms of judiciary and election process (N1)
• Dodik meets with Erdogan in Ankara to discuss political situation in Bosnia (N1)
• US embassy: Accusations against congressmen absurd, offensive, false (Beta, N1)

International:

• In Albania, a Worrying Rise in Drug Gangs Hiring Minors (Balkan Insight)
• North Macedonia PM Parks Resignation Ahead of No-Confidence Vote (Balkan Insight)
• Ratko Mladic Mural Hit by Paint Attack in Belgrade (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 9, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Prime Minister Kurti confirms he will attend Peace Forum in Paris (media)
• Escobar officially takes post of US Representative to Western Balkans (media)
• Civil society asks U.S. to reconsider non-invitation for Kosovo (RFE)
• Mehaj: Kosovo’s next destination, joining the U.S.-Adriatic Charter (media)
• “Key point for Balkans, Kosovo’s recognition by Serbia” (Kosovapress)
• Government: We are working on Law on Salaries (Telegrafi)
• “Kosovo among first in region in terms of assembly transparency” (Indeksonline)
• AJK hires legal professional to represent journalists (media)
• Ministry: Vaccination against COVID-19 open to non-Kosovo citizens (media)
• COVID-19: 11 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: Two people died, 85 new cases (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic and Botsan-Kharchenko: “Putin understands Serbia” (B92, Kosovo Online)
• Paris: Serbia’s and Kosovo’s PMs to take part at Peace Forum (N1, Beta)
• PM Brnabic: US congressmen letter written by paid lobbyists, it’s child’s play (FoNet, N1)
• US Embassy: Not all partners could be involved in the initiative (Danas)
• Petkovic: Osmani was not paying attention in class, US advocates the respect of all agreements, including ZSO (Kosovo Online)

International:

• Without a clear commitment of Member States to enlargement, EC reports lose power they once had (EWB)
• In Bosnia, US overtakes EU as crisis boils (Politico)
• Mutiny in Serbia: How a State Security Unit’s Rebellion Went Unpunished (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 8, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• President Osmani travels to U.S. (media)
• COMKFOR: Security situation stable, we support Pristina-Belgrade dialogue (Kosovapress)
• Run-off mayoral election campaign kicks off today (media)
• AAK leader Haradinaj warns of an imminent social crisis (media)
• Healthcare workers with ultimatum for the government (media)
• Union of Education, Science and Culture warns with strike in January (media)
• COVID-19: 8 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 76 new cases, two deaths registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio kontakt plus)
• The campaign of the second round of local elections begun (KiM radio, KoSSev)
• Petkovic: Member of people who had SS division is comparing Serbia to Nazi Germany (KoSSev)
• Trajkovic: Kurti’s double standards, he doesn’t mind the “ethnic basis” when he promotes “natural Albania” (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic: Kurti’s statements he will not form ZSO not only annul dialogue, but also humiliate EU and USA (Kosovo-online
• Vucic: Everyone can evaluate someone else’s democracy however they want (N1)
• Pristina court sentenced Zlatan Krstic, family claims he was not in Kosovo when crime took place (Radio KIM)
• Kosovo Polje: Desecrated tombstones at cemetery, landfill at entrance (Radio kontakt plus, Radio KIM, RTV Gracanica)
• Von Cramon: We do not want RS to be a coin for Serbia’s concession to Kosovo (Kosovo Online, AlJazeera)

Opinion:

• Latifi: In a country without economy, parties turn into important business (media)
• Issuance of a license for Elektrosever d.o.o. is the only possible solution (KiM radio)

International:

• A dangerous crisis is brewing in the Balkans. Will the West do anything to stop another war? (CNN)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Survivors’ Stories Describe Terror and Trauma of Wartime Rape (Balkan Insight)
• Detainees clean the Orthodox cemetery in Mitrovica South (KoSSev)
• A bakery within the Correctional Center in Lipjan (arbresh.info)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 5, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 5, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Lajcak from Thessaloniki: Remove visas for Kosovars (Klan)
• Another group of Afghan citizens leave Kosovo for U.S. (media)
• Kurti: We cannot be at peace until justice for Astrit is served (media)
• Kosovo not invited to Biden’s democracy summit (Koha)
• Isufi: KSF expected to deploy to a mission in Poland (Klan)
• Open Balkan, still in the wishful phase leaving room for speculation, says expert (euronews.al)
• Rama interferes in Kosovo-Serbia relations without fully grasping them, says analyst (euronews.al)
• COVID-19: 14 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: I expect Pristina will soon attempt to takeover Valac power station (Radio KIM, BETA, N1, KoSSev)
• Drecun: Possible that Pristina will attempt to take over transmission substations in the north of Kosovo (RTS)
• Petkovic with Schieb on situation in Kosovo, agreements on energy (Radio KIM)
• Djilas to VOA: We only expect support for democracy; reconciliation but not recognition of Kosovo (VoA, N1)
• Petkovic: Djilas bothered by the Serbian List, but not by Albin Kurti (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• US Embassy in Pristina: Kosovo and Serbia to honor their commitments (Radio KIM)
• Open Balkan leaders call EU to speed up integration (N1)
• Stefanovic thanked Spain for principled position on Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• WHO appoints new head of Serbia office, envoy for the Balkans (N1, RTS)
• Serbian opposition leaders meet Escobar in Washington (N1)
• Pension of Rada Trajkovic blocked (Radio KIM)
• Supreme Court: Serbian List fined 8,100 euros (RTK2)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 4, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti receives US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Molly Montgomery (Kallxo)
• EU expresses skepticism, while UK Embassy supports vetting process (RTK)
• Minister Mehaj travels again to the US (media)
• EBRD: Kosovo projected to have economic growth of 7.7% in 2021 (Kallxo)
• Rama: Kosovo to become part of the Open Balkan for its own benefit (RTK)
• Kurti and the French ambassador discuss energy projects (media)
• COVID-19: 14 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 75 new cases (Kontakt plus radio)
• Dr Savic: Number of children infected with COVID-19 increasing (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• ‘Open Balkan’ Summit opens in Belgrade (N1)
• Belgrade, Tirana, Skopje: ‘Open Balkan’ to solve problems on the ground (N1)
• Stano on Community of Serbian Municipalities – what has been agreed in Brussels must be implemented (Kosovo-online)
• Transparent Commission for Missing Persons needed (KiM radio)
• The highest percentage of invalid ballots in Ranilug and Gracanica, in Leposavic the least (KoSSev)
• UN Security Council unanimously adopts resolution on EUFOR in BiH (N1)
• Petkovic discussed situation in Kosovo with Turkish ambassador (Danas)
• Albanian PM Rama tours Belgrade Waterfront (N1, media)

Opinion:

• EC Report on Kosovo: When did the time stop? (EWB)

International:

• WHO Europe chief voices ‘grave concern’ about COVID rebound (abcnews.go.com, AP)

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