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Belgrade Media Report 21 October 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 21 October 2019

• Alliance, friendship between Serbia, Russia confirmed (Tanjug/Novosti)
• Brnabic thanks Abe on balanced stand in Kosovo case (RTS)
• Vucic: Two infections hit Albanians (TV Prva/B92/Tanjug)
• Dacic, Borisov discuss economic, political topics (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Izetbegovic expects constructive proposal on Election Law of B&H to be presented by HDZ B&H at meeting on 28 October (N1)
• PDP addresses press conference in regard to Dodik’s accusations (BNTV)
• Borenovic: Dodik demonstrates anxiety by attacking opposition leaders (ATV)
• Dodik meets Medvedev (RTRS)
• City of Bihac to cease to provide assistance to Vucjak migrant camp as of Monday (BHT1)
• RS Police Director Culum requests creation of registry of migrants in B&H (ATV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev: Elections on 12 April, census after that; Spasovski – interim prime minister (Republika)
• Pendarovski: We have state consensus that we continue our path to the EU (Republika)
• Mickoski requested, the other leaders agreed Macedonia to respond to declaration of Bulgarian government (Republika)
• Ahmeti: The most important thing is that the elections are democratic (Republika)
• Gashi: Sun will shine for all citizens, especially for the Albanians (Republika)
• Rama: EU decision, a clash of great powers (ADN)
• Interior Minister says Albania stands at inappropriate moment in EU’s door (ADN)
• Basha: It would be huge lie to say we didn’t expect it (ADN)
• Negotiations, Vasili condemns PM for EU’s refusal (ADN)
• For the good of the country, Edi Rama must resign (ADN)
• Italian Premier to propose restart of Albania’s accession talks soon (ADN)
• CDU/CSU urges Albania – N. Macedonia to continue reforms (ADN)


• Heads of EU institutions: Not giving a date to Skopje and Tirana is a historic mistake (Agencies)
• McAllister: We have failed our European friends and allies (European Western Balkans)
• Macron’s veto undermines Balkan stability, Greek MEP says (EurActiv/AFP)
• EU running scared from fascism, says Kosovo’s likely new PM (The Guardian)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 21, 2019

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Albanian Language Media:

• 12 CEC officials admitted to hospital for allergic reaction, discharged (RFE)
• Vote recount continues, 220 polling stations still to be counted (Telegrafi)
• Bahtiri: LVV – LDK coalition will be signed first week of November (Gazeta Blic)
• Ramadani: New Kosovo government to continue path to NATO (media)
• Thaci meets PM Abe, express pleasure on Kosovo-Japan rapprochement (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

• “Russia will not permit to be excluded from resolving Kosovo issue” (Tanjug, B92, Radio kontakt plus)
• Serbian List: To resolve, not misuse Ivanovic’s murder (RTS)
• Simic: There is no single point of Brussels agreement which Albanians did not evade to fulfil (TV Most)
• Haki Rugova: Serbian List will have place in Kosovo Government (Danas, Kosovo-online, Gazeta Expres)
• Vucic: Two infections hit Albanians (Prva TV, B92)
• “As long as Vucic is in power, Serbia will not be part of NATO pact” (BETA, B92)
• Medvedev: Russia supports peaceful Kosovo solution, in line with Resolution 1244 (BETA, N1)
• Serbia and Japan relations much better, Brnabic thanks Abe for balanced stance on Kosovo (BETA, TV N1)
• Vucic thanked Thabane for support on Kosovo (Tanjug, B92)
• Court of Appeals confirmed: Milorad Zajic from Klina acquitted of war crimes charges (KoSSev, Kontkat plus radio)
• Less than half of Serbia citizens see EU membership as foreign policy priority (BETA, N1)
• CEC: Still no decision on counting votes from Serbia (TV N1, Kosovo-online)
• Early elections in North Macedonia in April 2020 (BETA, N1)


• What happened sends a message to Serbia and Montenegro – you’re not welcome (Jutarnji List)
• France is Undermining Balkan – and EU – Stability (Balkan Insight)
• Why was a Nobel Prize awarded to a man who celebrated a war criminal? (WAPO)


• ‘The EU is running scared from fascism’ – Kosovo’s likely new PM (The Guardian)
• Russia, Serbia vow to boost ties despite Belgrade’s EU bid (Washington Post)
• Macron’s veto undermines Balkan stability, Greek MEP says (EURAKTIV)
• Unsafe Haven: Balkans Sees Rise in Turkish Asylum Requests (Balkan Insight)
• Russia & Kosovo will not meet because of ‘security risks’ – Uefa (BBC)

Humanitarian and Development:

• 10th anniversary of Crime Victims’ Rights Week marked in Kosovo (Telegrafi/Klan)
• The long road to becoming captain (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 21, 2019

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• Election results to be certified early November (Zeri)
• ECAP rejects counting of diaspora ballots (Klan Kosova)
• Vucic: No one has offered us border correction or partition of Kosovo (Zeri)
• Vetevendosje confirms Kurti was not injured in car accident in Tirana (Bota Sot)
• Lushtaku comments on PDK’s election defeat (T7/Bota Sot)
• “AKR will have three MPs” (Epoka e Re)
• Slobodan Petrovic on election results: We were robbed (Klan Kosova)
• Thaci welcomes Alexander Soros’ call to debate (RTK)
• Protest in support of Kurdish people in Pristina faces opposition (KP/Koha)

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