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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 23, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 23, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani: Agreement with Serbia must have blessing from the U.S. (RFE)
• Kosovo leaders welcome U.S. resolution on killing of Bytyqi brothers (media)
• CEC begins verification of ballots from Serbia (media)
• Smajl Latifi summoned by specialist chambers (media)
• Can a government be formed without Lista Srpska? (Prishtina Insight)
• A Serb arrested for war crimes (KosovaPress)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Reaching political solution to Kosovo issue national priority for Serbia (Serbian media, Foreign Affairs Ministry)
• “EU will not explicitly ask Serbia to recognize Kosovo” (Tanjug, B92)
• “If they exclude Pristina, Albania withdraws from ‘mini Schengen’ immediately” (Tanjug, B92, Kosovo-online)
• The US House of Representatives adopts resolution on Bytyqi brothers (Voice of America, Tanjug, B92)
• Vukosavljevic on Kosovo’s UNESCO membership: It’s not going that direction (RTS)
• Road sign indicating direction of SOC Draganac Monastery demolished (Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)
• Serbian List: Extension of custody for Spasojevic and Rosic “rape of justice” (RTS)
• EP rapporteur Bilcik says he will come to Belgrade soon (N1)
• Dalibor Jevtic visits Washington (KIM Radio)
• Djuric: “Kurti is an obsessive and malicious guy” (N1, Beta, Kosovo online, TV Most, B92)
• Special protective equipment for counting votes from central Serbia (RTS, B92, KoSSev)
• “Take care, Europe” (B92, Tanjug)


• Creating a new Casablanca (Prishtina Insight)


• Balkan nations bank on regional ties after EU snub (The Financial Times)

Humanitarian and Development:

• INDEP advises new government to cancel contract for new power plant (media)
• Kosovo Teacher Probed for Turkish Military Salute with Pupils (Balkan Insight)
• In the Balkans, locals fight to save their wild flowing rivers from hydropower (DW)
• NGOs, Council of Europe decounce situation for migrants in Balkans (infomigrants.net)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 October

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• Dacic: Serbia respects principle of sovereignty, political independence (Tanjug)
• House of Representatives unanimously passes “Bytyqi” Resolution (RTS/Tanjug)
• EU will not explicitly ask Serbia to recognize Kosovo (Tanjug/Politika/B92)
• Bilcik: My first step is to help Serbia progress on EU path (RTV)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Zvizdic with Palmer and Cormack in Washington: ANP is condition that should be met (TV1)
• Dodik: Zvizdic is not in charge of creating B&H’s foreign policy (Srna/RTRS)
• SNSD, DNS leaders to meet on Wednesday; Dodik: I believe coalition between SNSD and DNS will survive (ATV)
• Migrant crisis not subsiding (BHT1)
• European Commission confirms Croatia is prepared for Schengen (Hina)
• Slovenia criticizes EC decision on Croatia’s Schengen preparedness (Hina)
• Markovic-Merkel meeting contributed to better relations between Montenegro and Germany (CDM)
• Former Foreign Minister says expecting Serbia to adopt EU values is unrealistic (HRT)
Republic of North Macedonia
• US Senate ratifies Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol (Republika)
• Mickoski: Zaev refused elections in January; VMRO-DPMNE has a plan for EU integration of Macedonia (Republika)


• Balkan nations bank on regional ties after EU snub (Financial Times)
• Iran, Serbia discuss bilateral ties (MNA)

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OSCE Broadcast Report 22 October

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• Accountability demanded for errors on CEC forms that led to recount (KTV)
• 81.29 per cent of polling stations recounted (Klan Kosova)
• Srpska List: Kurti’s post-election syndrome dangerous (GazetaExpress)
• Kurti and Kinolli agree to co-operate (GazetaExpress)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 23

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• Albin Kurti expects to take over PMs post in November (Alsat)
• Vucic: Let us make efforts for compromise, frozen conflict is not a solution (RTK)
• Serbian proposal for land swap falls on def ears in Kosovo (Koha)
• LVV and LDK working groups to meet again today (Koha/Zeri)
• KLA war veterans don’t rule out protests (Epoka)
• Ibrahim Gashi summoned by specialist chambers (media)
• “Special court doing its job, arrests will be made soon” (Indeksonline)
• Serbian List accuses EU of supporting government without their participation (Zeri)
• Bilcik: Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, essential for Serbia’s road towards EU (RTK)
• Kosovo, North Macedonia with joint taskforce against security threats (RTK)

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