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Belgrade Media Report 1 June 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 1 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: There’s no doubt – without resolving Kosovo issue, Serbia will not join the EU (TV Pink/Tanjug/B92)
Brnabic: Measures of Pristina have nothing to do with reciprocity (RTS)
Brnabic: Regional tensions caused by inability to keep up with us (Politika/Beta)
Dacic: Dialogue cannot continue unless Pristina reverses decision (RTS)
Borrell: EU for existing borders between Serbia and Kosovo (Beta/RFE)
Vulin: Borrell recalled that dismembering Serbia would cause wars (Beta)
RIK: In Kosovo and Metohija 90 polling stations, 43 abroad (Tanjug/RTS)
Another 18 cases, 6,726 recovered (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Novalic says arrest of Prime Minister is coup d’etat (O kanal/Oslobodjenje)
B&H Court rejects request of B&H Prosecutor’s Office for 30-day detention of Novalic (BHT1)
Izetbegovic says Novalic’s arrest is attack on Bosniaks (O kanal)
Tadic: I do not know how Mr. Izetbegovic came to conclusion that I am working against Bosniaks, this is direct pressure on work of judiciary (FACE TV)
Radoncic says all crimes must be investigated but apprehension in ‘Respirators’ affair cannot mean weakening of Bosniak factors in FB&H government (Hayat)
Komsic says any fight against corruption must be welcomed but political consequences will affect entire country (FTV)
Dodik slams SDA over its reaction to apprehension of Novalic, Solak and Hodzic (BHT1)
Niksic: SDA is inflicting damage to institutions of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
EU Delegation to B&H gathers representatives of European countries and EU member states in Sarajevo (BHT1)
Dodik proposes that entities finance local elections in B&H so that they could be held in October (BHT1)
B&H decides to open its border crossings for Serbian nationals (FTV)
FB&H government abolishes state of natural disaster in FB&H (O kanal)
Another 14 coronavirus cases reported in B&H (N1)
Croatia

Police arrests dozen state officials and business people for corruption (Hina/Jutarni list)
Prime Minister says corruption must end (HRT/Media Servis)
President calls Croatian Statehood Day celebration an election rally (HRT)
Croatia records zero new cases of Covid-19 (Hina)
Montenegro

Montenegro sees no new Covid-19 infections for 27 days in a row (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

President Pendarovski extends state of emergency for another 14 days (Republika)
Xhaferi: Party leaders to use next 14 days to reach consensus on election (MIA)
Spasovski: Election should be held 5 July (MIA)
Bekteshi: DUI holds position that election date should be set by consensus (MIA)
Mickoski: We are dealing with a second coronavirus wave and a Commission on Infectious Diseases that acts under political dictates (Republika)
SDSM’s Zekiri tests positive for Covid-19 (MIA)
Montenegro puts Macedonia on the coronavirus black list (Republika)
In North Macedonia 89 new Covid-19 cases registered, 7 patients die (MIA)
Albania

Venice Commission sides with President Meta in latest opinion (Tirana Times)
Opposition’s proposals for a caretaker govt unveiled, Rule to be applied until Albania’s EU membership (Radio Tirana)
Electoral reform, parties remain at crossroads (Tirana Times)
Only 6 new coronavirus cases in Albania (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

PM Borissov Confers with Serbian President Vucic (BTA)
A Republic of Kosovo is not what the Balkans needs (The Jerusalem Post)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 1, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 1, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Constitutional Court publishes full decision (media)
• LDK waiting for full Constitutional Court ruling (media)
• Haradinaj: Realistic to expect voting of new government tomorrow (Express/RTK)
• Foreign ministry could present a challenge for Hoti government (Indeksonline)
• 15 trucks from Serbia not allowed into Kosovo (Koha)
• Kosovo courts to resume work (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian official react to Pristina’s reciprocity measures (media)
• “Republic” for Serbia, but not for others (KoSSev)
• Ljajic on Pristina’s measures: Trucks with goods are returning, that is a complete suspension of trade (Kosovo Online, RFE)
• Distribution of Serbian daily newspapers prevented at Jarinje (KoSSev)
• Association of Journalists of Serbia: Pristina without delay to ensure the free flow of Serbian print media (uns.org.rs)
• No new cases of Covid-19 infection in Serb-populated areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online portal)
• Two Serbs attacked in Donja Gusterica (KIM radio)
• “Kamenica the best example of coexistence of Serbs and Albanians” (Slobodno Srpski, KIM radio)
• Jevtic about another stoned house in Ljubozda village (Kosovo Online)
• Crossing points to open today (Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)
• Pristina orders removal of goods which ‘are not in line with Constitution’ (KoSSev, N1)
• RIK: 90 polling stations in Kosovo (Kosovo online)
• Vucic: There’s no doubt – without resolving Kosovo issue, Serbia will not join EU (B92, Tanjug)

Opinion:

• Nomen est omen: Albanian-Serb territorial dispute is also 50 plus years semantics battle (KoSSev)
• Stretching the rules to breaking point (Prishtina Insight)
• A Republic of Kosovo is not what the Balkans needs (The Jerusalem Post)

International:

• Kosovo: corruption, electoral funding and political participation of women (balcanicaucaso.org)

Humanitarian:

• 300 residents of Strpce hold protest against Matkos Group (KoSSev)
• OpisMEDIJavanje: Only media close to the government in Belgrade can reach Kosovo Serb politicians (KoSSev)
• Coronavirus crisis to affect household welfare across W. Balkans – World Bank (SeeNews)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 1

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• Covid-19: 13 new cases in last 24 hours (media)
• Kosovo authorities ease coronavirus measures (media)
• Kosovo government supplements reciprocity towards Serbia (media)
• Kurti: Denying Kosovo reciprocity is denying its sovereignty rights (media)
• Lajcak criticizes Kosovo’s move to expand reciprocity measures (media)
• Osmani supports recently-expanded reciprocity measures (media)
• Thaci: Kurti risking everything achieved in two decades (media)
• Hoti: The new government will eliminate every obstacle to dialogue (media)
• Veseli: Reciprocity measures, part of Kurti’s deceitful mentality (media)
• Names of ministers expected to be appointed to Hoti-led govt (Koha)
• UNDP publishes latest Public Pulse poll (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 30

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• Borrell: EU prefers current borders between Kosovo and Serbia (RFE)
• 12 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Survey: Citizens satisfied with Osmani and Kurti’s work (media)
• CDHRF calls on all parties to respect Court’s decision (media)
• National Security Council supports Grenell’s position (Telegrafi)
• Decision to open Kosovo’s air and land borders, next week (media)
• Von Cramon: All parties must respect Constitutional Court’s decision (DW)
• Vogel: U.S. expects swift agreement to declare Kosovo a concluded mission (RFE)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 May

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Why do we currently face regional instabilities? (Tanjug/B92)
Vucic: When they can’t blame Macron or Kurz – let’s step on Vucic (Tanjug/B92)
Brnabic: Perfectly clear message about Serbian citizens being unwanted (TV B92/Beta)
EU sets aside €70m in non-repayable aid to Serbia (RTS/Tanjug/RTV)
Further relaxation of restrictive measures in Serbia and North Macedonia (Tanjug/Beta)
Dacic, Jovanovic say they share strategic goals (N1)
Bilcik: Criticism of Lajcak undermines the EU as an actor (Beta/EWB)
US Ambassador to OSCE: Russian arms and deals with China harm Serbia’s EU path (FoNet)
Another 54 cases, 6,524 recovered (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

FB&H Prime Minister Fadil Novalic arrested (Dnevni avaz)
FB&H HoR session interrupted, DF and opposition request resignation of government (N1)
Prosecutors: Respirators procured from China inadequate for Covid-19 treatment (N1)
SDA Secretary General Zukic banned from entering US (FTV)
B&H HoP in session: Izetbegovic and Covic present different stances on distribution of IMF funds (FTV)
Discussion on registering of military property in B&H restarted after statement of B&H Minister Podzic (BHT1)
New attack on the property of Republika Srpska (Glas Srpske)
Tegeltija: B&H opens borders for all neighbors without restrictions; Croatia open its borders for citizens of some countries, but not for B&H (ATV)
Another 22 coronavirus cases reported in B&H, 11 of them in Tesanj (N1)
Croatia

Croatia opens borders to 10 EU countries (HRT)
No new coronavirus cases, disease takes another life (HRT)
Montenegro

The motive of media campaign against Montenegro: When we remove Djukanovic, we can easily handle the rest (Dnevne novine)
Citizens of specific countries to be allowed to enter Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

EC: North Macedonia cannot have caretaker government forever (MIA)
Spasovski: Constitution offers no compromise, election must be held 60 days after parliament’s dissolution (MIA)
Osmani: Differences not insurmountable, 5 July possible compromise on elections (MIA)
Spasovski hopes countries in the region to soon reach agreement on opening of borders (MIA)
Ambassador Byrnes: Flyover saluting North Macedonia’s NATO membership expresses US support (MIA)
Active Covid-19 cases in North Macedonia at 470, most in Skopje (MIA)
Albania

Justice reform must not be derailed, Chair of IMO says (Tirana Times)
Political Council convenes days ahead of deadline (ADN)
Cakaj receives Austrian ministers: Support for Albania in opening negotiations and Security Council (Radio Tirana)
The Air Force is equipped with Black Hawk helicopters funded by the United States (Radio Tirana)
Covid-19 Cases climb to 1099 as Albania reopens (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

EU, US refuse to take part in Belgrade conference on COVID-19 attended by Russia and China (TASS)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 29, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci calls for swift formation of new government (media)
• Acting PM Kurti: Decision of Constitutional Court, unacceptable (media)
• Veseli: An expected decision by the Constitutional Court (media)
• Abazi: Constitutional Court ruling, dangerous precedent (media)
• Mustafa: Assembly to vote on new government by Monday (media)
• Von Cramon: No alternative but to accept Constitutional Court ruling (Telegrafi)
• Nagavci: We’ll use democratic means to oppose court’s decision (Koha)
• Pacolli: Constitutional Court decision to be respected by all (media)
• Kusari-Lila: Kosovo democracy was betrayed (media)
• Pacolli’s New Kosovo Alliance won’t be part of new government (Indeksonline)

Serbian Language Media:

• North Kosovo: One person infected, no cured and deceased ones in the last 24 hours (Kontakt plus radio)
• Djuric: We will continue to help Serbs in Kosovo (Kosovo Online, TV Most)
• Jokanovic: Constitutional Court failed (KIM radio)
• Rasic: Constitutional Court will be quite ruined after this decision (KIM radio)
• Jovanovic: Albanians are buying time and waiting for the outcome of the elections in America (Kosovo Online)
• Orahovac: A group of Albanian young men removed a street sign with the name of Sloven Radic (Kosovo Online)
• Russian arms, deals with China harm Serbia’s EU path, US diplomat says (FoNet, N1)
• Vucic invited to the 2020 Moscow Victory Day Parade (B92, Tanjug)

International:
• Kosovo highest court clears the way for new government vote (Reuters)
• Kosovo’s President Welcomes Court Ruling On Prime Minister Appointment (RFE)
• Brussels and Washington Must Work Together on Kosovo Deal (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo’s Caretaker Governing Party Holds Peaceful Rally (AP/NYT)
• Week in Review: The Keys of Power (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 29

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• Constitutional Court rules in favor of President Thaci’s decree (media)
• President Thaci welcomes decision of Constitutional Court (media)
• U.S. Embassy statement on Constitutional Court’s decision (media)
• Grenell comments on Court’s decision (Express)
• Konjufca implies LVV will seek opinion from Venice Commission (media)
• Abazi: This is state capture (media)
• Haxhiu: Court’s decision is scandalous (media)
• Hoti: Time to unite for the country (media)
• Mustafa: Constitutional Court ruling, triumph for democracy (media)
• Haradinaj: Hoti government to be formed as soon as possible (media)
• Limaj calls on parties to respect Constitutional Court decision (media)
• Vetevendosje supporters hold “test-protest” in downtown Prishtina (media)
• Border changes promoted with taxpayer money (Kallxo/Prishtina Insight)
• Osmani: Those who lobbied for partition with taxpayers’ money, want to govern again
• Ambassador Heldt reacts to BIRN story about partition lobbying (Kallxo)
• Mujanovic: First time in history a govt hires lobbyists to partition own territory
• Haradinaj: I stopped Kosovo’s partition, no one can bring back this issue (media)
• President Thaci publishes images of “drug lab”, accuses “Kurti’s group” (media)
• Svecla: Psychiatric experts should comment on Thaci’s statements (media)
• Prosecution initiates investigations on surveillance room allegations (media)
• PDK: VV took data of over 1 million citizens from surveillance room (media)
• Miftaraj: The surveillance case is Thaci’s game, nothing more (Koha)
• President’s advisor: Kurti wants to be a dictator (media)
• 4 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in last 24 hours (media)
• Montenegro decides to open border with Kosovo on June 1 (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 May

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: No announcements at launching dialogue, no deadlines either (RTV/Tanjug)
Dacic: Kosovo and Metohija issue of highest national interest and biggest political-security challenge (RTS)
Borrell: EU facilitation of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue has no alternative (FoNet)
Russian Ambassador calls for respect of UN SC resolution 1244 on Kosovo (Sputnik/N1)
Another 25 cases, 6,438 recovered (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

OSCE Mission to B&H: Adopt budget of B&H or adopt special decision on financing of the elections (Dnevni list)
Source claims Dodik’s announcement on upcoming cooperation of parties in local elections caused discontent in some municipalities and towns (EuroBlic)
Registration of military property (ATV)
SIPA temporarily seizes mobile phone of FB&H PM Novalic within investigation on affair ‘Respirators’ (N1)
EU and US Embassy in B&H: IMF funds should be immediately unblocked (N1)
Issue of IMF funds (Hayat/Glas Srpske/BHT1)
B&H’s Tesanj cluster grows as authorities record 28 new Covid-19 cases (N1)
Croatia

Plenkovic: No way anyone monitors journalists’ correspondence (Hina)
In Croatia, one new case of infection, a total of 2245, one person died (N1)
Montenegro

Prime Minister: Our decision concerning borders is not political, it’s based on epidemic standards (CDM)
Markovic: I didn’t order arrest of Joanikije and other priests (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: Parties engage in talks, still no consensus on election date (MIA)
Milevski: LDP backs 5 July as election date (MIA)
Covid-19: 38 new cases in North Macedonia, 16 patients recover, 3 die (MIA)
Albania

DP Leader pledges to conclude electoral reform by 31 May (ADN)
Borchardt urges all parties to find constructive compromises and finalize electoral reform (Radio Tirana)
Electoral reform/Intensive meetings of Ambassador Kim with Speaker Ruci and the Political Council members (Radio Tirana)
Covid-19 cases surge in Tirana (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Lukashenko thanks Serbian ambassador for efforts to develop cooperation with Belarus (BelTA)
Montenegro and Serbia set to begin Frontex cooperation amid deepening border row (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 28, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti responds to Thaci’s statements, calls them “lies” (media)
• Prosecution gathering information into Thaci’s allegations (Kallxo)
• Kurti: Old regime’s time is over (media)
• Kurti, Ahmeti discuss Covid-19 management efforts (media)
• “Contour Global” seeks over €20 mil in compensation from Kosovo govt (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Kosovo North: No new cases, cured and deceased in the last 24 hours (Kontakt plus radio)
• Dacic: ”Protection of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija is an important and long-term goal of Serbia” (media)
• Russian ambassador calls for respect of UN SC resolution 1244 on Kosovo (Srna, N1)
• Palmer: US doesn’t support stability at expense of democracy in Serbia (VOA, N1)
• Bilcik supports Lajcak, Vogel thinks he is the wrong man for the dialogue (Beta, Euractiv, KoSSev)
• Serbian cultural and religious heritage in Kosovo a sovereignty issue for both Belgrade and Pristina (KoSSev)
• Covic: In political sense, coronavirus helped some put on or take off their masks (RTS)
• Jevtic met Risi, discussed frequent attacks against Serbs in Kosovo (TV Most)
• Two decades since murder of 4-year old boy and two more Serbs in Cernica village (Radio kontakt plus)

Opinions:

• Court Ruling May Deepen Divisions in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• The heroine mother (UNICEF)
• Kon: Serbia on way out of epidemic (B92)
• WHO office chief says pandemic under control in Serbia (N1, Nedeljnik)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 28

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• Only one new confirmed case of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s interview to TV Dukagjini
• Borrell: No way around EU-facilitated dialogue (media)
• Palmer: U.S. does not take sides in Kosovo (media)
• Stano: Kosovo-Serbia agreement to be acceptable for the region (Telegrafi)
• Kurti speaks on the phone to Slovenian PM, Jansa (media)
• Abazi: Thaci’s statement, pure lie (Klan Kosova)
• Haxhiu: We will file charges against Thaci tomorrow (media)
• Konjufca to meet Austrian Minister for Europe at Pristina Airport (media)
• Swiss embassy believes authorities will continue to respect Constitution (media)
• Nagavci: Protest, result of people’s pressure (media)
• Quni: KSF has no limitations to go the north (media)
• Op-ed: There is only one Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Prishtina Insight)
• Osmani: Participation of women in politics achieves sustainable development (Koha)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 May 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 27 May 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Serbia issues countermeasure against Montenegro’s decision: Montenegro Airline banned (Blic/B92)
Vucic: Montenegrins are our brothers, we have no one closer (B92)
Dacic: Montenegro’s behavior leading to conflicts (TV Prva/FoNet)
Dacic: Serbia committed to values of Adriatic-Ionian Initiative (RTS)
Djuric: International missions in Kosovo and Metohija to stop the wave of violence against Serbs (RTS)
Gojkovic discusses elections with Fajon, Bilcik (Beta)
Train with medical equipment from China arrives in Belgrade (Tanjug/RTS)
Another 48 cases, 6,277 recovered (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

SNSD officially submits motion with B&H CC for constitutional review of B&H CEC decision to postpone elections for November 15 (ATV)
Cvijanovic says she is surprised that there is no reaction of foreigners regarding the postponement of the elections (ATV)
Dodik: SNSD does not support postponement of elections; SNSD finds CEC illegitimate; SNSD Executive Committee is preparing for elections like if it will be held tomorrow (RTRS)
Stanivukovic: Opposition in RS is ready for elections (O kanal)
Radoncic: Elections are matter of political will; I do not think CEC was appointed legally (N1)
Colak: CEC’s decisions lead to expelling Croats from authorities in 2022 (Vecernji list)
Tegeltija, ministers Bevanda and Turkovic discuss current political and economic situation in B&H with EUSR Sattler (Dnevni avaz)
Cubrilovic receives request for special session on B&H HoR’s resolution on respect for victims of fascist regime (ATV)
Dodik: I expect RS parliament to reject resolution on respecting victims of Ustasha regime (RTRS)
Dodik: Decision of Montenegro not to open borders with B&H, Serbia attempt to solve internal political issues in this country (N1)
B&H sees spike in coronavirus cases as Tesanj becomes latest hotspot (N1/Fena)
Croatia

Oil deal document ignites political firestorm (Glas Hrvatske/Nacional)
No new cases of Covid-19 reported in Croatia (N1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic to Kurti: We wish our countries well, but it won’t happen to us if we don’t wish the same for our neighbors (CDM)
Montenegro Airlines says: Serbia remains part of our plans (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Spasovski: Elections as soon as possible needed to provide stable institutions (MIA)
Interview with the terrorist attackers on Kumanovo aired live on a Kosovo TV station (Republika)
Coronavirus curfew ends as of Wednesday, catering facilities to reopen on Thursday (MIA)
State quarantine replaced by home isolation, protocol for borders to be defined (MIA)
Talks underway with neighboring countries and EU over opening borders (MIA)
In North Macedonia 25 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed, 17 patients recovered, 3 people have died (Libertas)
Albania

Political Council decides about election dates (Radio Tirana)
Gjiknuri after Political Council meeting: Parties agreed on some of points proposed by the opposition (Radio Tirana)
Kim after meeting Basha: Discussion focused on future, not past (Radio Tirana)
Land borders with Kosovo expected to be opened on 1 June (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 21 cases confirmed positive with Covid-19 (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Kosovo leader Thaci rejects EU mediator for Serbia talks as Pristina wants increased US role in dialogue (RT/Reuters)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 27 May 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 27, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• EU rapporteur reacts to Thaci’s statement on Lajcak (media)
• “President doesn’t talk to Lajcak as he is openly against land swap” (Telegrafi)
• Haradinaj believes court will give right to other parties to form govt (Telegrafi)
• Miftaraj: President cannot play role of whistleblower (Koha)
• Borg Oliver: Not president’s role to form new govt (Kallxo/Prishtina Insight)
• Acting government considers Association/Community to be invalidated (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• One new case of Covid-19 infection in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Serb returnee in Klina physically assaulted and injured (Kosovo-online)
• House of returnee in Ljubozda village stoned (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: Pressure on Serbs will not stop, constant campaign of Albanian media (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Serbs in Kosovo most persecuted ethnic group in Europe (Kosovo-online)
• OSCE Mission condemns incident in Drenovcic village (Kosovo-online)
• Grenell’s ready: “Serious dialogue” between Belgrade and Pristina is expected (B92, Kosovo-online, Vecernje Novosti)

Opinions:

• Milacic: Why Serbia’s President chose Grenell over Merkel (Euractiv/Koha)

International:

• Grenell to join Trump campaign (Politico)
• Little love, as Berlin bids ‘auf Wiedersehen’ to Trumpism (EUobserver)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo: 92-year old woman alone in abandoned village (Al Jazeera, KoSSev)
• World Bank approves $100 mil loans to Serbia for curbing pandemic (BETA, N1)
• OpisMEDIJavanje: Think about where the media get their money from (KoSSev)

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