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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 31

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• COVID – 19 report: Four deaths, 418 new cases (media)
• Kosovo to decide on new measures against COVID – 19 tomorrow? (media)
• CDHRF: Prishtina has turned into a hotbed of new infections (media)
• New measures expected; Prishtina Mayor says he’s not informed (Express)
• Hoti backs down, accepts AAK’s condition for Dukagjin Highway (Koha)
• Selimi says there are no cracks in coalition with LDK (media)
• “Sun Valley”, a neighborhood without permits, proof of discrimination (KTV)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Belgrade delegation in Brussels launched ZSO issue, diametrically opposed stands on property issues (RTV/Tanjug/FoNet)
Lajcak: Holding of new round is one more step toward agreement (Beta)
Li Keqiang congratulates Brnabic on new term in office (RTS/Tanjug)
Selakovic with Chinese Ambassador: Enrichment of comprehensive strategic partnership (RTS)
Botsan-Kharchenko delivers Matviyenko’s letter to Dacic (RTV/Tanjug)
Patriarch Irinej: Death of Bishop Amfilohije one of the saddest days in SPC history (Nova.rs/Tanjug)
Patriarch Irinej will hold funeral service for Metropolitan Amfilohije in Podgorica (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik and Lavrov conclude in phone conversation that time of international rule in B&H represented by OHR is over (ATV)
Dodik: Inzko could have read DPA at least once in these years (ATV)
RS government adopts 24th report for UNSC (RTRS)
B&H CoM reaches decision on appointment of expert and legal team for monitoring of situation and activities regarding disposal of radioactive and nuclear waste at Trgovska Gora (BHT1)
EU will intensify engagement in Western Balkans and in B&H the EU will work on facilitating of political dialogue and continuation of reforms (Dnevni avaz)
Montenegro

Bishop Amfilohije dies in Montenegrin capital (N1)
Mandic can’t understand why Krivokapic is attacking him and DF (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev denies Politico report of a new deal with Bulgaria (Republika)
Albania

Electoral changes, overturn of decree risks Albania’s EU future; DP (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 30, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: Four deaths, 418 new cases (media)
• Kosovo in negotiations to obtain Covid-19 vaccine through World Bank (media)
• Hoti dismisses claims abolishment of task force will delay visa liberalisation (media)
• KWN writes to Hoti calling for implementation of UN SC resolution 1325 (media)
• Kosovo’s Islamic Community condemns terror attack in Nice (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Belgrade insists on ZSO in Brussels talks; EU: Step forward (N1)
• Milan Radojevic candidate for Mitrovica North mayor (Radio KIM)
• China congratulates Serbia on new government (FoNet, N1)
• Increase in domestic violence cases in northern Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Constitutional reforms inevitable in Kosovo and Serbia (KIM radio, TV Show ‘Sporazum’)
• Metropolitan Amfilohije passes away (KoSSev, media)
• Petkovic: Hoti deceives the public by misinterpreting the agreements from Brussels (TV Most)

Opinion:

• Washington could force Kosovo recognition onto Greece and other EU states (greekcitytimes.com)

International:

• CDT: The countries of the region are stagnating and even regressing in the field of democratization (EWB)
• Serbian Ministry Protects ‘Right to Privacy’ of Fugitive War Criminal (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Tiodorovic: Schools won’t be closed in Serbia yet as they are not closed in Europe (B92, RTS)
• Ivanusa: The situation in Serbia is very serious (B92, Blic)
• Enabled channel for emergency filling of Lake Badovac from Ibar-Lepenac (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 30, 2020

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• COVID-19 report: One death, 305 new cases (media)
• Zemaj: We are prepared for second wave of COVID-19 (Klan Kosova)
• Lajcak: Another step towards comprehensive normalisation agreement (media)
• Serbia wants Association with executive competencies (RFE)
• Government loses parliamentary support from minority MPs (Prishtina Insight)
• PM Hoti: No one can blackmail the government (Klan Kosova)
• Court comments on media reports about government vote (media)
• “Reporting judge asked for government to be brought down” (Express)
• Vetevendosje Movement slams Prime Minister Hoti (media)
• Assembly President Osmani condemns terror attack in France (media)
• Haradinaj: Extremism and terrorism cannot challenge France (media)
• Legal aid division chief for potential defendants of special court resigns (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 29, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 29, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: One death, 284 new cases (media)
• Thaci condemns attack in France: terrorists will never win (RTK)
• Borrell: Dialogue in Brussels is essential for Kosovo’s European road ( media)
• Kosovo-Serbia dialogue resumes today in Brussels (Express)
• Hoti: Police Task Force was unconstitutional (Telegrafi)
• Haradinaj-Stublla demands visa liberalization from EU Presidency (RTK)
• Kosovo and Northern Macedonia soon with common border point (RTK)
• Only one candidate for Mitrovica North mayor so far (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

21 new cases of Covid-19 in Serbian communities in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
Vucic: Terrorism will never win (B92)
Petkovic and Lajcak met in Brussels (Tanjug)
Carpenter: Biden’s goal would be to strengthen Serbia in European and Euro-Atlantic structures (Danas, TV Prva)
Jevtic: Return of displaced persons at unsatisfactory level (Radio KIM)
Shaip Kamberi – a speech that marked yesterday’s Serbian National Assembly session (KoSSev)
German FM: Belgrade – Pristina agreement would have positive impact on region (N1, BETA)
Serwer: Vucic will not recognize Kosovo (B92, Kosovo Online)
Party of Kosovo Serbs letter to Central Election Commission (RTK)

Opinion:

• How Trump Lost the Balkans (foreignpolicy.com)
• Trump Has a Fix for Kosovo. He’s Ignoring It. (Foreign Policy, Koha)

International:

• London Calling: Albanians Count Cost of UK Illegality (Balkan Insight)
• Kommersant: Serbia’s new government shifts towards West (tass.com)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Balkan Brain Drain ‘Won’t Stop Without Economic, Democratic Progress’ (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report, 29 October 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 29 October 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Serbian parliament elects new government (Tanjug/RTS/Beta)
Brnabic: Serbia sovereign, independent state on European path (Tanjug)
Vucic receives Ambassador MacLeod (RTS/Tanjug)
Milivojevic: New government to serve a technical term in office (Beta)
Maas: Belgrade – Pristina agreement would have positive impact on region (Beta)
EP to call for prompt continuation of talks between authorities and opposition (Danas)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Existence of B&H is dependent on entities, as both entities were formed before Dayton conference (RTRS/Srna)
Inzko comments Dodik’s statements: There will be no retailoring of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
EUD comments Dodik’s statements: Inviolability of borders is fundamental principle of EU (Dnevni avaz)
Komsic: RS borders are non-existent, only B&H borders exist (Oslobodjenje)
Sattler presents to HJPC 2020 Report on B&H regarding rule of law: I am disappointed (BHT1)
Croatia

Vukovar City Council says no conditions to expand Serb minority rights (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic: Some coalition partners haven’t submitted proposals for their candidates (CdM)
DF seeks urgent meeting with Krivokapic (CdM)
Krapovic will be Minister of Foreign Affairs, Koprivica – Minister of Justice (CdM)
Djeljosaj: We didn’t get the offer from Krivokapic (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Foreign Minister Zaharieva says that, unless something changes, Bulgaria will not allow the opening of accession talks with Macedonia (Republika)
Grubi asked Bulgarian Ambassador Angelov not to allow “history to hold the future hostage” (Republika)
German Ambassador Holstein says EU should not get involved in the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria (Republika)
Dimitrov hopes that France will help him out with Bulgaria (Republika)
Albania

MEP worried for Electoral Code vote without Venice’s opinion (ADN)
The Venice Commission will review the decision on the Electoral Reform in December (Radio Tirana)
Pisonero: The opinion of the Venice Commission does not affect the Intergovernmental Meeting of Albania (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Palmer about Montenegro: We expect people who are committed to the NATO agenda to be in key ministries (VOA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 29, 2020

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• COVID – 19 report: Four deaths, 281 new cases (media)
• Kosovo Chamber of Commerce chairman warns of collapse (media)
• Thaci meets leaders of political parties (media)
• Osmani: LDK always tried to include PDK in government (Telegrafi)
• Gashi: Anti-corruption task force produced no exceptional results (media)
• Maas: Dialogue and comprehensive agreement have no alternative (media)
• EU Special Representative Tomas Szunyog interview to KTV
• Grenell calls on Albanian Americans to help reelect Donald Trump (media)
• Trump Takes Credit For Ending Kosovo War, Which Ended In 1999 (Forbes)
• Konjufca: Vetevendosje, 40% of votes according to another party’s poll (media)
• First Defendant at Hague-Based Kosovo War Court Pleads Not Guilty (Balkan Insight)
• PDK’s political activist ‘misled authorities’ to get media commission job (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic to MPs: Six priorities for new Serbian government (FoNet/RTS)
Belgrade-Pristina dialogue to continue on Thursday (Tanjug)
EU: ZSO will not be parallel authority (Beta)
Petkovic: No progress in dialogue without ZSO with all jurisdictions envisaged by Brussels agreement (RTV/Tanjug/FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dzaferovic, Inzko discuss political situation in B&H and reforms on EU path; Dzaferovic warns that Dodik’s recent statements represent danger for stability of B&H and entire region (BHT1)
US Embassy comments Dodik’s statement: Existence of entities depends of existence of the state of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Visit of Russian FM Lavrov postponed since he has to go in isolation due to contact with person infected with Covid-19 (RTRS)
Lavrov: B&H and Serbia have friendly partnership; There is no need for revision of DPA but it is time to end presence of OHR; Claims about Russian malign influence in region are not based on facts (Glas Srpske)
Dodik: Stories about alleged malignant Russian influence in B&H come from West that has most interfered in B&H (RTRS)
Croatia

Lavrov says EU’s anti-Russian sentiment is stifling Russian-Croatian relations (HRT/Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Democrats provide list of the candidates for ministers (Dan)
Mandic and Knezevic met with Russia’s Ambassador to Montenegro (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Dimitrov goes to Paris to lobby for the opening of EU accession talks (Republika)
Albania

E. Code, Premier ‘ignores’ international calls for waiting (ADN)
SP considers as ‘adventure’ waiting for Venice’s opinion on E. Code Changes (ADN)
E. Code, Presidency repeats reflection appeal to majority (ADN)
Law Committee decides on President’s refusal of E. Code Changes (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 28, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: Four deaths, 281 new cases (media)
• Trump says he stopped 400 years long war between Kosovo and Serbia (media)
• Kosovo Government confirms tomorrow’s meeting in Brussels (media)
• Selimi: Brussels dialogue should not take on technical character (KP/Telegrafi)
• Weber: Lajcak trapped into blaming Kosovo for lack of dialogue progress (Express/RTK)
• Hoti: European integration, priority for Kosovo Government (media)
• GAP publishes report on pandemic’s impact on Kosovo economy (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Brnabic: Unity regarding Kosovo issue priority, we won’t give up on ZSO (Tanjug)
• Lavrov is not coming to Serbia: Russian minister in self-isolation due to coronavirus (Tanjug, B92)
• Vucic to meet directors of COVID hospitals, address public (B92, N1)
• EU: CSM won’t be parallel authority; Belgrade: no progress without CSM (N1, BETA)
• Pompeo: Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria join Clean Network (KoSSev)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: ZSO key for future of Serbs in Kosovo (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• NGO Aktiv presented publication on treatment of non-majority communities in Kosovo during Covid-19 (social media)
• Rakic with Abbott on attacks against Serbian population (Kosovo-online)
• Kosovo Serb politician says Biden helped protect monastery (N1)

Opinion:

• The unbearable lightness of stealing public money (Prishtina Insight)
• Twin crises: Political dysfunction in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (ecfr.eu)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Serbian epidemiologist says more restrictive measures could come (N1)
• Developing a Long-Term and Holistic Approach to Strengthen Water Security in Kosovo (marketscreener.com)
• BSF: Nordic model of security cooperation an example for the Western Balkans (EWB)
• The importance of ‘unlearning’ the past: Interview with Balkans expert Keith Brown (globalvoices.org)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 28, 2020

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• COVID-19 report: Three deaths, 197 new cases (media)
• Health Minister: There will be increased controls (media)
• The next Kosovo-Serbia meeting at level of experts, on Thursday (media)
• EU: Association will not have executive competencies (media)
• U.S. Ambassador Kosnett’s interview with Dukagjini TV (media)
• Hoti pledges to restore lawfulness in Kosovo (media)
• Mustafa: Hoti has courage to fight corruption, can’t be blackmailed (media)
• U.S. elections, “determinant” for continuation of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (RFE)
• Government: We are waiting for invitation for Mini-Schengen (Express)
• Haradinaj: Decisions in the coalition to be made in partnership (media)
• MPs see no Kosovo statehood signs at Merdare crossing point (Koha)
• Kosovo Spends €2.5 Million Paying Non-Working Serb Employees (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 27, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 27, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: Three deaths, 197 new cases (media)
• The next Kosovo-Serbia meeting at level of experts, on Thursday (RFE, media)
• Veliu does not respond to invitation to report on Qalaj’s dismissal (RTK)
• Salih Mustafa to appear in front of the Special Court tomorrow (RTK)
• Abbot: U.S. involvement in dialogue, positive (media)
• Szunyog meets with LDK Assembly caucus, seeks results on EU reforms (media)
• Application of parties for Mitrovica North elections starts (RTK)
• Zemaj warns on new measures to prevent coronavirus spread (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Belgrade – Pristina dialogue to continue on Thursday in Brussels (Tanjug, Radio Mitrovica sever, RTS)
• Smith: With constitutional amendments Thaci attempts to end work of court (Radio KIM)
• Serbian Ambassador says Belgrade-Moscow relations stable (N1)
• RFE: China takes over job of railway reconstruction in Serbia from EU (N1)
• Serbian MPs vote for three new cabinets; SPS names two ministers (FoNet, N1)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: Bilateral relations, Kosovo in focus of Lavrov’s visit (media)
• Serb household in Plemetina village, near Obilic robbed (Radio KIM)
• Zais: Experts of US Energy department working on the Gazivode Lake feasibility study (Kosovo online, Tanjug)

International:

• Troubled Relationship: Kosovo’s Thaci and the Hague War Crimes Court (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• COVID-19 Surges as South-East Europe Heads for Winter (Balkan Insight)
• RYCO: Youth policies should be high on the reform agendas of the Western Balkan governments (EWB)
• Albanian Children to be Returned from Syrian Refugee Camps (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report, 27 October 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 27 October 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Parliament adopts Law on Ministries (RTS/Tanjug)
First session of the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
Lazanski on Belgrade-Moscow relations: One should not look for noises where there are none (RTS)
Borrell: Agreement on normalization urgent, crucial for Kosovo’s and Serbia’s European path (Beta/RFE)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Serbs and Croats will create joint statement on how B&H can function and if this is not accepted dissolution is only solution (N1)
SDA: Statement of Dodik is direct attack on DPA (Hayat)
Trisic Babic: Dodik did not call for war, he called for respect for original Dayton Agreement and organization of B&H (Glas Srpske)
Lavrov: Russia fully supports Dayton status of RS, there is no need for revision of Dayton Agreement (Glas Srpske)
Croatia

Lavrov: Principles of Dayton agreement guard security of B&H (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Krivokapic sent a letter urging parties to submit names of their candidates for ministers (Dan)
DF to the US Ambassador: Does your administration support Krivokapic’s view? (CdM)
Husovic: Everything we have achieved since 2006 has been brought into question (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

A new Macedonia name dispute, this time with Bulgaria (Republika)
Osmani confirms Mickoski’s claims: An additional annex to the Agreement with Bulgaria is being prepared (Republika)
Albania

Urgent letter of Albanian President to Venice Commission (ADN)
Rama: No one can question the will of the parliament, the Electoral Code will not change anymore (Radio Tirana)
Varhelyi urges the Albanian government to wait for the Venice Commission’s advice before re-voting on Electoral Code changes in parliament (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Interview: Serbia looks to broaden trade links with China at upcoming CIIE (Xinhua)

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