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Belgrade Media Report 07 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: The situation is not easy for Serbia (B92/Tanjug/RTS)
Cooperation of US and Serbia for peace and prosperity (Tanjug/Beta/RTS/RTV)
Godfrey: US supports Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTV)
Drecun: Goal of law on KLA is to intimidate witnesses and prevent truth on crimes (Tanjug/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Reactions to statements of Palmer in RS (Srna/ATV)
Croatia

Croatia’s Deputy PM: Messages from Knin may be beginning of new Croatia (N1)
Pupovac: Anyone who thinks state can be excuse for war crimes is seriously mistaken (Hina)
Montenegro

Two-month political engagement – the argument for Interpol’s decision (Pobjeda)
Holder of the “For the future of Montenegro” coalition list resorts to inflammatory rhetoric (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

SDSM: We are holding serious talks to form government (Republika)
Mickoski and Ahmeti met to discuss a possible coalition (Kanal 5)
Ahmeti meets with Zaev to see if they can restore trust after the bitter campaign (Republika)
DUI denies reports that it agreed to have Lazar Elenovski as the next Prime Minister (Republika)
SDSM reportedly plans to propose Sekerinska as speaker of parliament (ABC)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 07, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: 181 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Zemaj calls on MPs not to politicise pandemic crisis (Koha/Telegrafi)
• Assembly does not pass COVID-19 resolutions due to lack of quorum (media)
• LVV responds to PDK’s ‘red lines’ question (Koha)
• EULEX’s Formisto: Kosovo, Serbia to be willing to share information on missing persons (DW)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Serbian communities 22 new patients, 42 cured (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic: On September 7, in Brussels, I will ask the fulfillment of the agreement on the Community of Serbian Municipalities from 2013 (media)
• Vucic: A clear message to Serbs in Kosovo that they are undesirable (Kosovo Online)
• Godfrey: US supports Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (TV Happy, Blic, Tanjug)
• Bolton: Belgrade and Pristina far from solution, exchange would not affect BiH (N1)
• Washington worried about current situation in Serbia; will help Podgorica (VoA, N1)
• Pompeo to Serbia’s FM: Every leader should protect human rights (FoNet, N1)

International:

• Pompeo Announces Tour of Europe Next Week (VoA)

Humanitarian/Development:

• DokuFest’s online edition launches (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 7

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• COVID-19 report: 196 new cases, 16 deaths (media)
• Osmani: 300 victims, result of 20-year negligence of health sector (media)
• Hyseni: Agreement with Serbia to be reached in a year’s time (Klan Kosova)
• Hoti: Opposition cannot bring down government (T7/Telegrafi)
• PDK says LVV’s no-confidence motion ‘political show’ (media)
• AAK, NISMA will not support no-confidence motion (media)
• Kosnett: In effort to honour KLA, do not undermine its freedom legacy (Koha)
• Germany, Switzerland against law on KLA values (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 06, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: 196 new cases, 16 deaths (media)
• Science and Arts Academy says pandemic, not dialogue, top priority for Kosovo (media)
• Rohde: More needs to be done to fight COVID-19 (media)
• Vetevendosje initiates no-confidence motion against government (media)
• PDK receives LVV’s request for no-confidence motion against government (Kallxo)
• Kosovo FM Haradinaj-Stublla talks dialogue with British Minister Morton (media)
• German ambassador echoes U.S. objection to KLA law (Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• 23 new cases in Serbian communities in Kosovo (KIM radio)
• Serwer: It would be useful if Pristina made clearer the readiness to form the Community of Serbian Municipalities (Kosovo Online)
• PM Brnabic: Epidemiological situation in Kosovo calming down, but still unstable (Radio Mitrovica Sever)
• Blakaj: There is no law that can deny any crime (Kosovo Online)

International:

• Balkan Leaders Made Big Mistake in Politicising the Pandemic (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Claims About US Support in Serbia Dialogue Disputed (Balkan Insight)
• Serbia Turns the Tables, Investigates the Investigative Journalists (VoA)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Education minister appoints party member to Quality Council (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 6

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• COVID-19 report: 218 new cases, 15 deaths (media)
• Thaci: The more careful we are, the faster we will return to normality (media)
• Kosovo begins negotiations to obtain COVID-19 vaccine (RFE)
• Zemaj backtracks over drug pricing regulation (Prishtina Insight)
• Vetevendosje MP: Situation with COVID-19 graver than reported (KTV)
• Serbia plans to open a COVID-19 testing facility in Kosovo’s north (media)
• Palmer: We are focused to support EU in Kosovo – Serbia dialogue (media)
• Dialogue with Serbia shaking the foundation of Kosovo government (Koha)
• Ismaili: Joining the government, not an option for PDK (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 05 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbia, RS mark Remembrance Day for Serbs killed, expelled in armed operation “Storm” (RTS/Tanjug/B92)
Boris Milosevic in Knin – Emotions are still fresh (B92/Tanjug)
Vucic, Botsan-Kharchenko discuss Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTV/Tanjug)
Mrkonjic: No chance cabinet could be formed without Socialists (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Croats have been trying to present this day as homeland gratitude day (RTRS)
Milanovic’s statement denying ICTY verdict on JCE sparks reactions in B&H (N1)
B&H CEC certifies another 13 coalitions, one independent list (Nova BH)
CEC announces possible further postponement of local elections in B&H (ATV)
Dodik: There is no reason to further postpone elections (ATV)
Turkovic signs Milinic decision for position in Beijing (Glas Srpske)
Croatia

Plenkovic: Legitimate right to defense is not and cannot be excuse for wrongdoing (Hina/N1)
Milanovic: The Croatian war was a just war (Index)
Milanovic: A joint criminal enterprise was one of the dumbest and ugliest fabrications (HRT)
Medved: This government has corrected an injustice (Hina)
Montenegro

Election race made official (In4S)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev starts negotiations for government: He did not say whether he still thinks that DUI is not worth five pennies and it should go into opposition (Republika)
You can’t become Prime Minister with 46 seats either, Ahmeti replies to Zaev (Republika/Koha)
Mickoski: VMRO begins talks to form a new ruling majority (Republika)
DPA says it will join a possible ruling coalition with SDSM (Republika)
Albania

The electoral agreement of 5 June is officially a law (Radio Tirana)
DP vows to transform Albania’s political climate (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 05, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: 218 new cases, 15 deaths (media)
• Hoti urges MPs to endorse economic recovery package (media)
• OSCE prepares COVID-19 manual for the visually impaired (Kallxo)
• Mustafa plans to meet Haradinaj and discuss coalition concerns (Indeksonline)
• Despite U.S. objections, PDK pushes for law on KLA war values (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• No data on newly COVID-19 infected in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic and Botsan-Kharchenko: Important implementation of the agreement on the Community of Serbian Municipalities (N1)
• Spahiu: The question is the price that Kosovo will pay for the recognition, it is a matter of an agreement between the Americans and Vucic (Kosovo Online)
• Jevtic on Twitter: A returnee house shot at from a moving vehicle (N1)
• Fila: Kosovo Assembly can pass any law; the question is whether it will be applicable in practice (Kosovo Online)
• Dveri movement will not join United Opposition of Serbia because of Kosovo (FoNet, N1)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Understaffed Kosovo Health System Close to Collapse, Doctors Warn (Balkan Insight)
• WHO: Most likely – bats; “Surprises are possible” (B92, Tanjug)

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Belgrade Media Report 04 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Days of suffering of Serbs Croatia for 25 years celebrates as victory: Operation Storm anniversary (Telegraf)
Brnabic: It was an ethnic cleansing of Serbs and Milosevic cannot change that fact (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Serbian associations condemn Boris Milosevic’s possible attendance at Croatian celebration (Tanjug)
Brnabic: I am one of the candidates for prime minister, coalition with Sapic probable (TV Pink/B92)
Vulin: Greater Albania notion is major security threat (TV Pink/Beta)
The first Serbian MP under the hijab: My appearance stirred attention (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Official Gazette of B&H publishes decision on local elections in Mostar on 20 December (Vecernji list)
Komsic: I am sorry that Milanovic is unnecessarily raising tensions (Oslobodjenje)
Stevandic: Operation “Storm” – crime and shame (Srna)
Shameful act (Avaz)
B&H parliament starts collective vacation in August (BHT1)
Croatia

Medved: Entire gov’t in Knin is message calling for united approach (Hina)
Remembrance ceremony for 100 Serb civilians killed in 1995 held in town of Dvor (Hina)
Montenegro

Even the Russian Orthodox Church shows interest in the elections in Montenegro (CdM)
Djelosaj heads list of Albanian coalition (In4S)
SNP: Single opposition appearance formula for success whereby current government is being sent to political past (In4S)
Krivokapic: We’ll win at least 26 seats (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

No parliamentary majority: First constitutive session ends, parliament speaker not elected (Republika)
Buckovski expects that Zaev will split the AA/Alternative coalition in an attempt to form a short-lived government (Republika)
Albania

Opposition sues Interior Minister (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 5

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• COVID-19 report: 225 new cases, 13 deaths (media)
• Hyseni: I received great support from Grenell (media)
• Haradinaj: There is no dialogue without the U.S. (RTK)
• Trump’s nominee for ambassador criticized intervention against Serbia (Koha)
• Arrest warrant issued against MP convicted of fraud (Prishtina Insight)
• Thaci: Kosovo stands by Lebanon in this difficult time (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 4, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: 225 new cases, 13 deaths (media)
• Kosovo’s Deputy PM infected with COVID – 19 (media)
• “Around 40,000 jobs lost in Kosovo due to COVID-19 pandemic” (Kosovapress)
• EU delivers 30 ventilators to Kosovo (media)
• Italian Ambassador: Kosovars are downplaying coronavirus impact (media)
• MP Pacolli: A prime minister that avoids responsibility should leave post (Klan)
• Hoti-led government dismisses temporary boards of public enterprises (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Today no report on the coronavirus situation: samples sent to newly open laboratory in Nis (media)
• Serbs expect international community reaction on the Law on KLA Values (Kosovo Online, RTV)
• Brnabic claims to be one of two candidates for Serbian Prime Minister (Beta, N1)
• United Opposition of Serbia formed, Dveri movement not among the members (KoSSev)
• Brestovik returnees without water more than a month (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Remembering Elizabeta Hasani (Prishtina Insight)
• The term Metohija is a matter of identity (KoSSev)

International:

• UN warns of ‘generational catastrophe’ over school closures (DW)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 4

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• COVID-19 report: 7 deaths, 250 new cases (media)
• Health Minister: We’re in gravest situation since start of pandemic (media)
• Hospital nursing staff protest demanding overtime pay (media)
• Public Health Institute: Hoti disclosed COVID-19 test result in ‘record time’ (media)
• PDK’s Haxhiu: State of emergency must be declared (media)
• Europe’s Southeast grapples with COVID-19 resurgence (Balkan Insight)
• Hyseni visits Washington, meets Matthew Palmer (media)
• Hyseni reacts to his meeting with Pompeo reports (media)
• Mitrovica municipality vows to correct memorial stone mistake (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 03 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbian parliament confirms mandates of MPs at constitutive session (Beta/N1)
Vulin: I still believe that Milosevic will not go to Knin (TV Pink/Tanjug/B92)
Dacic: Enough with lies that Serbian government is ready to recognize Kosovo (Beta)
Djuric on Brussels talks: We sent clear message, language of blackmail not to be spoken with Serbia (Tanjug/RTV)
Lajcak: Meeting in Brussels another important step in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dzaferovic calls on Croatian President Milanovic to once again consider his intention to decorate Jelic on occasion of anniversary of Operation ‘Oluja (Al Jazeera/FTV)
HNS in B&H: awarding Croat Defense Council is act of recognition of its role in defending B&H (Al Jazeera)
Registrations of 77 coalitions verified (Oslobodjenje)
B&H is close to local elections, while results of general elections were not fully implemented (N1)
Kesic: US and EU have to accept that their policy of opposition to changing borders in Balkans is doomed to fail (ATV)
Croatia

Plenkovic: Milosevic’s attendance in Knin is a very useful and good thing (HRT/Hina)
HVO and HV made sacrifice in war together. That is why their recognition must be equal (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Darmanovic,Reeker: Partnership with US at top of Montenegro’s foreign policy agenda (CdM)
Markovic will head the DPS list (CdM)
DPS finishes consultations with municipal managements (CdM)
Krivokapic confirms political engagement: Coalition agreed, leaders on the list (Dan)
A person outside the party will lead DF electoral list (Pobjeda)
A government’s man to lead anti-government coalition?! (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski says he will give the mandate to any candidate who assures him he can get to 61 votes (Republika)
Pendarovski hints at a government without DUI (Fokus/Almakos)
Mickoski: If no one succeeds to form a government, I do not rule out the possibility of new early parliamentary elections in the fall (Republika)
Osmani: We haven’t discussed rotating premiership, I expect government of the two major communities (Sitel TV)
Sela: If DUI does not fulfill its promise for an Albanian prime minister, it should go into opposition (Republika)
Albania

Albanian parliament changes Constitution, adopts reform of electoral system (ADN/Exit)
Basha condemns the changes (ADN)
Meta decrees 5 June agreement (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Szijjártó: István Pásztor Deserves Appointment as Assembly of Vojvodina President (MTI-Hungary Today)

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