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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 18, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Konjufca: Kosovo’s foreign policy has faced serious crisis in recent years (Koha)
• Osmani: Meeting with Thaci was part of state protocol, differences remain (media)
• Gashi: Government looking into ways to lift the tax (Telegrafi)
• Rukiqi: We will support any decision that is in Kosovo’s interest (EO)
• Association of journalists’ offices broken into again (Klan Kosova/Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Kurti will continue with unilateral acts (Tanjug, Prva TV)
• Vucic: We missed a major chance, we will pay high price for that (TV Happy, B92)
• Serbia donates € 2 million to Albania (RTS, Tanjug)
• Djuric: Belgrade will continue to insist on ZSO (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio, Politika)
• Vucic: Significant and powerful European country requested from Pristina to impose tariffs (B92)
• House of Jovica Menkovic from Cernica demolished, pressure on Serbs to leave (RTV Puls)
• Graffiti written in Preoce village (KoSSev)


• The Brief – Why is America eclipsing the EU in the Balkans? (Euractive)
• Kurti Vows to Make Military Service Compulsory in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• Dodik’s Tantrum Politics Risks Pushing Bosnia Int Chaos (Balkan Insight)


• Youth from Gracanica migrating due to unemployment, lack of safety and uncertain political situation (KoSSev)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 February

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• Vucic: We missed a major chance, we will pay high price for that (Happy TV/Tanjug/B92)
• Vucic: We saw EU’s sincere commitment, investment package announced (RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic: They violated UN Resolution 1244 a long time ago (TV Prva/Tanjug/RTV)
• Brnabic: Vucic and I prefer new methodology, Joksimovic cautious (Tanjug)
• Bishop Amfilohije: People are resurrected (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS parliament holds special session to debate on information on ”anti-Dayton activity” of B&H CC; Cvijanovic calls for adoption of eight harmonized conclusions (BNTV)
• Komsic: It is impossible to discuss end of mandate of foreign judges in B&H CC in current constellation of political relations in B&H (BHT1)
• Dzaferovic: RS parliament conclusions will not have any legal effect (O Kanal/FTV)
• Other comments of B&H politicians on RS parliament’s special session on B&H CC (N1)
• OHR, EUD’s Sattler, NATO, EUFOR comment on latest developments in RS (N1)
• Cubrilovic: Serbian statehood day will be celebrated until Serbs exist (Srna)
• Metropolitanate wants the law to be amended (CdM)
• Djukanovic: Markovic’s meeting with Metropolitan Amfilohije is encouraging (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Parliament dissolves, opens way for elections on 12 April (Republika)
• Scandal in the parliament: Zaev’s law on state prosecutors was rejected, but was later declared adopted (Republika)
• VMRO: Democracy was trampled today, Pendarovski has not right to sign this law into force (Republika)
• Pendarovski ignored the scandalous vote and signed the PPO law (Republika)


• Seventy-five Serbian troops to march in Victory Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square (TASS)

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OSCE Broadcast Report 17 February

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• Kurti: We will not avoid challenges, we will face them (TV stations, KTV)
• Kurti: In Munich we explained our position on joint success (Kosovapress)
• Borrell announces consultations about appointment of special envoy for Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (RTK)
• Braathu: Kosovo has made progress since 2008 (RTK2)
• PDK, LDK, and Vetëvendosje to run in early election in Podujevë/Podujevo (TV stations, RTK)
• Assembly Presidency to convene on Tuesday (TV stations, KTV)
• This year, New Born honours survivors of sexual violence (KTV)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 18

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• Kosovo leaders display no unity on Independence Day (media)
• Kurti: Time for us as government to make decisions, not avoid difficulties (RTK)
• Nagavci: Handshakes are act of courtesy, do not imply agreement (media)
• Lajcak could be proposed as special representative for dialogue (Koha)
• Plenkovic: Kosovo has fulfilled visa liberalisation criteria (Koha)
• Meta against Mini-Schengen, values Kurti’s presentation in Munich (Express)
• Vucic: We lost the chance for compromise with Pristina, we will pay the price (TV Happy/Klan)
• Three candidates running for mayoral elections in Podujeve (media)

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