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Belgrade Media Report 24 October 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 24 October 2019


• Vucic: Serbia faces political and security challenges (Beta)
• India’s continued support for Serbia’s territorial integrity (Tanjug/RTV)
• Djuric: Unheard of racism in counting of Serb votes in Kosovo and Metohija (RTS/Tanjug)
• Office for KiM: International missions in Kosovo and Metohija to monitor the Arsic case (Tanjug/RTV)
• US and Russian Ambassadors on resolving Kosovo knot (Novosti)
• Falconi: France wants Serbia and region in EU (Beta)
• New US Ambassador arrives in Belgrade (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SNSD and DNS led by party leaders Dodik and Pavic agree that functioning of coalition is not in question (RTRS)
• France launched unofficial diplomatic consultations; Privileged special partnership to certain Western Balkan countries, instead of membership in EU (Nezavisne)
• Newly-appointed EP’s Rapporteur for B&H Rangel: I am willing to help B&H on its European path (N1)
• Plenkovic: After last three years of intensive work, we reached level that was necessary for EC to conclude that Croatia fulfilled criteria for joining Schengen area (HRT1)
• EU Commissioner Avramopoulos: With Croatia as a member of Schengen Area, the EU could face migration and security challenges better (HRT1)
• Japan supports European perspective of the Balkans (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev: Too early to discuss technical government (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Ahmeti rules out forming a pre-election coalition with SDSM (Republika)
• Kotzias: The government is undermining the Prespa Agreement (Nezavisen vesnik)
• European Parliament to put a motion for a resolution on opening accession talks with Skopje and Tirana (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Albania will withdraw from the “mini-Schengen” if Kosovo is not involved in that co-operation (Radio Tirana)


• Macron says ‘no’, and a government is already falling apart (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
• Testimony by Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 24, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 24, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Dehari family receives copy of forensic report into their son’s death (media)
• Vetevendosje reacts to report’s conclusions into its activist’s death (media)
• Lumezi: We will seek assistance from U.S. in investigating Astrit Dehari’s death (media)
• Haziri doesn’t expect final agreement during Kurti government (ekonomiaonline)

Serbian Language Media:

• Representatives of Washington and Moscow answered three questions of Vecernje Novosti daily (Serbian media)
• Jeremic: Vucic’s delineation leads towards Serbia’s membership to NATO (Danas, RT)
• US “indecent” proposal; Serbia: We refuse it (Blic, Tanjug, B92)
• Palmer on Serbia-Kosovo agreement (Tanjug, B92)
• The Russians delivered S-400 missile defense system and Pantsir S (Tanjug, B92, Sputnik)
• “It is not a priority to Srpska Lista to enter government with Kurti” (Tanjug, B92)
• Djuric comments on counting votes from central Serbia in Pristina (Tanjug, B92)
• Macron offers special partnership to the Balkans? (B92, Tanjug, Nezavisne)
• Kosovo police arrest three officers in the northern Mitrovica (KoSSev, N1, KIM radio)
• Vucic: Pristina announces closure of pharmacies in the North tomorrow (KoSSev)
• CEC completed counting of votes from Serbia, 3000 ballots verified (Kosovo-online)


• “We Are Their Voice”: German Far-Right Builds Balkan Alliances (Balkan Insight)
• ‘Amid stormy global seas, UN charter remains our moral anchor’, says Guterres on United Nations Day (UN News)

Humanitarian and Development:

• Ombudsperson Institution of Kosovo joins Equinet (Kosovapress)
• How much is Serb community (un)safe in Pec region? (Radio Gorazdevac, Radio kontakt plus)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 24

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• LVV, LDK working groups discuss modalities of new government (media)
• Ballots from Serbia processed for counting (Zeri)
• Four members of CEC demand urgent meeting (Kosovapress/RTK)
• Vetevendosje reacts to CEC’s decision to count ballots from Serbia (media)
• Mustafa calls on CEC to verify legality of ballots from Serbia (media)
• Pacolli: Why are Serbia ballots more precious than Diaspora ones? (Bota Sot)
• Limaj: NISMA has 5.5% of votes, votes from Serbia shouldn’t be counted (Koha)
• Palmer: This will be first government that won’t have party from KLA (media)
• U.S. and Russia want a compromise solution on Kosovo (Klan Kosova)
• Kosovo leaders welcome U.S. resolution on killing of Bytyqi brothers (media)
• Serbian official, Kozarev, not permitted to enter Kosovo (media)
• Kelmendi: Losers and winners (Koha)

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