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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 30, 2019

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Albanian Language Media:

ECAP issues decision in NISMA’s complaint regarding ballots from Serbia (Indeksonline)
Astrit Dehari’s case to be investigated by Special Prosecution (media)
Family’s attorney reacts to Astrit Dehari’s case being transferred to Special Prosecution (media)
EU HR Mogherini meets Western Balkans leaders (media)
Bislimi: Agreement on President can only be reached between Kurti and Mustafa (Express)
Kosovo Police with a statement on assault at Svirce village (media)

Serbian Language Media:

UN Security Council session on Kosovo takes place tomorrow (Tanjug, B92)
Vucic: Our strategic path is the path to the EU (B92, Tanjug)
Western Balkans remains devoted to EU perspective, regrets for Macedonia and Albania (Tanjug, B92)
Serwer: Pristina will be under pressure to reach an agreement with Belgrade (N1)
Skopje: Kosovo deal on border change acceptable only as “unique case” (Beta, Al Jazeera, N1)
EP rapporteur Bilcik says Serbia’s path to EU depends on reforms and Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta, N1, Blic)
“KLA” graffiti in Babin Most village, Srpska Lista reacts (RTS, Radio KIM)
Civil society: Results weak; No expectations (KIM radio, Kontakt plus radio)
Dacic on Bytyqi brothers’ case: Congress resolution sort of pressure (RTS, KoSSev)
Pacolli: Foreign Affairs Ministry has nothing to do with entry ban to Dusica Nikolic (KoSSev)
Serbian MFA employees in a two-day visit to Kosovo (KIM radio)


Why Serbia Won’t Stop Playing the Russia Card Any Time Soon (The Moscow Times)
The Neue Zürcher Zeitung claims: The West loses in the Balkans (DW, B92)


EU Must Be Clearer With Balkans If It Wants To Expand (Forbes)
Serbia Must ‘Deliver Substantive Reforms’ Before Joining EU (Balkan Insight)
Civil society needs support to fight corruption and organised crime in the Western Balkans (blogs.lse.ac.uk)

Humanitarian and Development:

British Embassy launches project for strengthening justice system in Kosovo (media)
CoE standards of freedom of expression promoted and supported in Kosovo (CoE)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 October 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 30 October 2019

• Dacic to attend UN SC session dedicated to Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
• Vucic: Serbia to behave as a sovereign country (Tanjug)
• Vucic: Situation with dialogue more difficult than it seems (RTS)
• Dacic on Bytyqi brothers case: US Congress resolution presents a form of pressure (RTS)
• Exceptional bilateral relations of Serbia, Cyprus (Beta)
• Djuric: Pristina taking region to new destabilization (RTV/Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency members meet with Hahn, Dzaferovic and Komsic advocate Euro-Atlantic integration of B&H (TV1)
• Inzko meets Palmer and Cormack, stresses urgent need of formation of authorities (FTV)
• Zvizdic: Meeting organized by Lajcak will not contribute to progress in process of formation of authorities (Hayat)
• Dodik: RS will demand talks with Federation of B&H on matter of Bonn powers (ATV)
• ECHR renders ruling in ‘Baralija vs. B&H’ case (FTV)
• President receives her Albanian counterpart in Zagreb (HRT)
Republic of North Macedonia
• The Prespa treaty can’t be implemented without the EU accession talks (Republika)
• Dimitrov and Osmani discuss EU’s decision in Parliament Committee (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Pendarovski-Palmer: Western Balkan countries have no alternatives to EU membership (Republika)
• Sekerinska-Palmer: Strong US support to Macedonia and its Euro-Atlantic perspectives (Republika)
• Palmer: US strongly supports Macedonia and its European path (Republika)
• Sela waiting for Kasami and Gashi to reconcile, Thaci out of the picture (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Following the failure in Brussels, ECHR warns of danger of Greater Albania (Republika)
• Russia invites Albania, North Macedonia to join the Eurasian Union (Republika)
• Mitsotakis: Bilateral agreement on mutual recognition of patents to pass soon for approval in parliament (Radio Tirana)
• Rama: The path to the European Union and the strategic alliance with the US, the only alternative (Radio Tirana)


• Bulgaria Allowed Two Russian Military Transport Planes’ Flyover for Exercise in Serbia on October 20 (BTA)
• Pendarovski: The Western Balkans region is not neighboring to the EU (Al Jazeera)
• Dendias: Greece will ‘closely monitor’ North Macedonia’s compliance with Prespes deal (ekathimerini.com)

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OSCE Broadcast Report 29 October

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• Police bans Djuric’s assistant entry to Kosovo (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Vucic to Thaçi: Don’t pretend that you can’t speak Serbian (KTV)
• Pendarovski: The dangerous, territory exchange idea is still alive (KTV)
• VV refutes to have assaulted PDK activist in Ferizaj/Urosevac (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Former chief of UNMIK’s Regional Serious Crime Unit Stu Kellock: Intelligence Services Knew Who Suspects Were in Journalists’ Deaths (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 30

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• Vetevendosje appeals ECAP decision on Diaspora ballots (media)
• Kurti: SL not a party, Kosovo Serbs to stop fearing Belgrade (Bota Sot, RTK)
• Haziri: Post of president needs to be clarified before coalition with LVV (Telegrafi)
• Hoti: LDK-LVV agreement, immediately after certification of elections (Epoka)
• Kim: Border changes not a useful option (Telegrafi)
• Pendarovski: In principle, I am against border shift idea (Zeri)
• Serwer: Pristina and Tirana to forget “Great Albania” idea (Zeri)
• Presevo Valley insists on reciprocity with the rights of Kosovo Serbs (RFE, Epoka)
• Cakaj: Joint platform, with Kosovo on dialogue with Serbia (Klan)
• Djuric’s deputy not allowed entry to Kosovo (RTK)
• Civil society calls for halt in construction of hydropower plants (media)
• Pacolli fills embassies with militants and brings back experienced diplomats (Koha)
• Pal Lekaj hid report that would save €39 million from state budget (Koha)

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