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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 23, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 23, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Grenell after meeting Kurti: We discussed economic issues (Koha)
• Kurti: Economic development discussed in meeting with Grenell (media)
• Grenell reiterates after LDK meeting: Economic issues, focal for U.S. (media)
• Thaci: Fruitful meeting with Grenell on dialogue (media)
• Thaci: Ambassadors are not here to put pressure on internal affairs (media)
• Kosovo ranks 101 on TI’s corruption perception index (media)
• Haradinaj meets Andrews, talk about Kosovo-U.S. partnership (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

• Former Pentagon official Carpenter on Kosovo issue (B92, Telegraf, Tanjug)
• NATO tells U.S. Congressman that Serbia can buy arms from whoever it wants (N1, Danas)
• Grenell to visit Belgrade on Friday (Blic, B92)
• Vucic: I appreciate Grenell’s energy, but speeding up talks with Pristina won’t go easily (BETA)
• Grenell to Thaci: Revoke tariffs to achieve progress in Belgrade-Pristina talks (N1, KoSSev)
• Vucic: Charles Michel, EC President, to organize WB leaders meeting in February (B92, Tanjug, TV Pink)
• Serbia has over 100 million euros worth projects in Kosovo (Kosovo-online, N1)
• Djuric: Belgrade-Pristina airline economic arrangement, not political dialogue (Danas, RTV)
• German and French ambassadors to Belgrade: Serbia belongs to the EU, but must meet conditions (FoNet, N1)
• Vucic: “The point is not Amfilohije, but the thesis that I will betray Kosovo” (B92, Tanjug)

Opinion:

• How Has the UN Mission in Kosovo Delivered on Action for Peacekeeping? (IPI Global Observatory)
• The Illusion of Russian Influence in the Western Balkans (The Globe Post)

International:

• U.S. Envoy Urges Kosovo, Serbia Turn Eyes on Economy, Jobs (AP/NYT)
• Corruption Fight Faltering in Balkans, Central Europe, Transparency Says (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo jails eight over plot to kill president and prime minister (Reuters)
• Details of Kosovo-Serbia flight deal revealed (Prishtina Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo’s wealth still buried underground (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 January 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 23 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic and Djukanovic in Israel: positions and standpoints very remote and it is not possible to reach a common position (Tanjug/B92)
• Vucic: Taxes must be lifted in order to have economic development (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Agreement on renewing Belgrade-Pristina flights is only a commercial arrangement with a political message (RTV)
• Cadez: Reintroduction of Belgrade-Pristina flights major step (Tanjug)
• Leitl: Belgrade-Pristina flights very good signal (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SBB B&H, SDP oppose SNSD’s request to have Federation of B&H Vice President, HDZ B&H and SNSD claim request is justified (Nezavisne)
• Avaz carries stances of OSCE, EUD and OHR concerning the renewal of talks on changes of Election Law (Dnevni avaz)
• Kristo: Changes of Election Law have to solve issue of legal representation of peoples (Oslobodjenje)
• Covic meets Pope Francis (Vecernji list)
• Dzaferovic: With submission of Program of Reforms of B&H to Brussels, B&H made commitment to implement reforms and there is no going back (N1)
• Podzic says B&H’s membership to NATO is “done deal” (BNTV)
• Podzic: Ministry of Defense will establish mechanisms for implementation of Program of Reforms of B&H (Glas Srpske)
Croatia
• EU believes all EU citizens should be exempt from US visa regime (Hina)
• Plenkovic: Talks in Davos very useful (Hina)
• Grabar Kitarovic emphasizes the importance of The Three Seas Initiative (HRT)
Montenegro
• Markovic: Resistance to the Law has become conflict with Montenegro (CDM)
• Metropolitanate’s procession cancelled after the protest walk (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• National TV stations boycott government and ministers (Republika)
• The Economist Democracy Index harsh towards Zaev, Spasovski’s government: Macedonia has a “hybrid regime” (Republika)
Albania
• Borchardt: If lawbreakers do not change their behavior, reforms become futile (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• U.S. Envoy Urges Kosovo, Serbia To Focus On Jobs, Economic Development (RFE/RL)
• Serbia expects little from enlargement reform but hopes for more quality, speed (EurActiv)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 23

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• Grenell with no preferences for coalition, wants dialogue to resume (media)
• Thaci: We will reach agreement with Serbia with President Trump (RTK)
• Grenell will first meet Kurti, then Mustafa (Indeksonline)
• LDK, LVV rule out other partners for coalition government (media)
• Osmani: Grenell’s visit, high interest of White House for Kosovo (Klan)
• Haxhiu: We will work hard to reach agreement in coming days (Bota Sot)
• LDK’s Bajrami calls for Konjufca’s resignation (RTK)
• Osmani: We want to resume talks, LVV to look into our proposal (Klan)
• Apostolova calls for quick formation of new government (media)
• Haradinaj continues to “cripple” Kosovo budget (Zeri)
• Hoxhaj: Mini-Schengen is Serbia’s idea; we cannot share sovereignty with it (Zeri)
• PDK appoints new leadership (media)

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