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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 24, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• In London, Kurti calls for reciprocity with Serbia (RTK)
• Konjufca calls for visa liberalisation at Western Balkans conference (media)
• Cakaj: Visa liberalisation for Kosovo to boost EU credibility (Koha)
• AAK: Tax on Serbia increased employment in Kosovo, reciprocity will not work (Koha)
• Ramush Haradinaj’s family enters media business with Telecom money (Kallxo/Prishtina Insight)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic on Kosovo, ultimatum, EU, Pantsir S1 (Prva TV, B92)
• Alliance for Serbia: Vucic confirmed failure of his Kosovo politics (KoSSev, N1)
• Dacic: Spain has firm stance, does not accept unilateral acts (RTS)
• Trump: Grenell does very good job as Belgrade-Pristina envoy (RTS, VoA)
• NATO on Russian armament: National decision and Serbia’s right to choose (B92)
• Father of Serbian footballer who wants to play for Kosovo didn’t lose job (Radio KIM, N1)
• President of the Specialized Chambers of Kosovo: We will stand trial fairly and independently (Blic, Kontakt plus radio)
• Janjic: Ahtisaari ++ an old idea, I don’t know where it came from now (KoSSev, Kontakt plus radio)
• Milicevic: Kosovo has advanced in the last 12 years (RTK2, Slobodno Srpski)
• “Borrell discussed Kosovo partition in Berlin” (Kosovo-online, B92)

• New Kosovo Leader Ready to Revoke Tariffs for Serbian Goods (VOA)
• Serbia Receives Delivery Of Russian Antiaircraft Systems Despite U.S. Sanction Threats (RFE)
• The Western Balkans: Low Hanging Fruit for China? (thediplomat.com)


• Serb player’s parents fired after he joins Kosovo Under-19s (AP/WaPo)
• Airport workers sacked ‘in revenge’ for joining protest (Prishtina Insight)
• Balkan Countries Take Precautions Amid Fear of Coronavirus (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 February

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• Vucic: The ultimatum “we cannot accept, but we must not refuse”: Kosovo in exchange for EU (Prva TV/Tanjug/B92)
• Brnabic: Pristina needs to lift taxes, we need to facilitate trade (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Relations with Spain at a high level (Beta/RTS/RTV)
• Dacic: Antigua and Barbuda to accept results of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
• Jamaican Foreign Minister denies Kosovo recognition allegations (Beta)
• Vucevic: SNS and SPS running separately in the election (Tanjug)
• Zelenovic running for reelection in Sabac (N1)
• Dodik: We have constitutional right to get rid of foreign judges (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SDA Presidency convenes in Sarajevo; Izetbegovic says there will be no talks with Dodik until he stops with blockade of state institutions; Izetbegovic calls on High Representative to use Bonn Powers (BHT1)
• SNSD Executive Committee holds session; Dodik announces meetings will all parties from RS, FB&H (N1)
• Djukanovic claims that protests against law on religious freedoms in Montenegro are strictly political issue (Face TV)
• Djukanovic in Geneva: Montenegro is faced with multiple attacks (CdM)
• Mugosa: MCP has a multi-million tax bill (CdM)
• Simovic: Serbia didn’t build churches in Montenegro so there’s no need to jump in now (CdM)
• Ruci receives Santos, EP rapporter for Albania: We expect positive developments in coming weeks and months (Radio Tirana)
• No ‘anti-Albanian vector’ in Russian diplomacy (ADN, by Genc Milloja, 24 February 2020)


• Why Miroslav Lajčák is the wrong choice for EU envoy (EUobserver)

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OSCE Broadcast Report 23 February

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• Thaçi travels to Washington (TV stations, RTK)
• PDK calls on Kurti Government to keep hands off independent institutions (TV stations, KTV)
• Braathu: Dialogue and normalization of relations with Belgrade are priorities for Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Notaries announce lawsuit against Justice Minister Haxhiu (Kosovo portals)
• Reka: Visas might be lifted by end of year (TV21)
• US Embassy supports Serb footballer for choosing to play for Kosovo (TV stations, Klan Kosova)
• Vucic: Serbia won’t be able to accept the Kosovo solution about to be proposed (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 24

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• Grenell to remain envoy for Kosovo-Serbia negotiations (Zeri/Bota Sot)
• Weber: EU heading towards a Mogherini 2.0 policy (Koha Ditore)
• Haziri requests to lift the tariff (RTK)
• Haradinaj: No guarantees that lifting tariff brings Serbia’s recognition (RTK)
• Citaku on Jamaica’s recognition: Everything will be clarified in time (Telegrafi)
• PDK blames Konjufca for Jamaica recognition affair (media)
• Thaci leaves for the U.S. to meet with U.S. Administration officials (RTK)
• Vucic: Serbia will this year face ultimatum for recognition of Kosovo (Koha)
• U.S. Embassy, Kurti support K-Serb that plays football for Kosovo (media)

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