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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 27, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 27, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Greek PM: Resumption of dialogue strengthens European perspective (Koha)
• Surroi: Thaci-Rasmussen letter exchange is an international agreement (Telegrafi)
• Gazeta Express: Kurti told U.S. he will not lift tax (RTK)
• In Washington, Thaci meets DFC chief executive, Adam Boehler (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: “They will give even more… but will seek from us de facto or de jure Kosovo’s recognition” (O2, RTS, KoSSev)
• Raskovic-Ivic: Vucic never presented proposal on resolving Kosovo issue to citizens or MPs (N1, KoSSev)
• Djuric: Kurti threatens Serbia again (Kosovo-online, RTS)
• BIRODI says President Vucic dominates prime news programme on Serbian TV stations (N1)
• US to Kosovo: We expect lifting of taxes as step toward resumption of dialogue (Beta, N1)
• Albanian attacked Serbs in Grizime village, Office for KiM condemns incident (RTV Puls, Radio KIM)


• Kosovo Leaders Trade Angry Words Over ‘Secret’ NATO Deal (Balkan Insight)
• NATO contradict Haradinaj’s KSF claims (Prishtina Insight)
• U.S. Reiterates Commitment To Kosovo Independence, Urges Dropping Tariffs On Serbian Goods (RFE)
• Moravcsik: EU enlargement in the Western Balkans is in the interest of member states (EWB)


• Serbs, Albanians protest together against small hydropower plants in Kosovo (FoNet, N1)
• Mitrovica Rock School unites young Albanians and Serbs in a segregated Kosovo city (globalvoices.org)
• Appeals Court Upholds Nine-Month Sentence For Kosovo Soccer Chief (RFE)
• Rallies for clean air to be held on Friday in nine Balkan cities (balkangreenenergynews.com)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 February 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 27 February 2020

• Vucic: They will ask us to recognize Kosovo de facto or de jure (Tanjug/TV O2)
• Vucic: Western allies to coordinate positions on Kosovo (Tanjug)
• High-quality strategic partnership of Serbia, China (RTS/RTV)
• A Serbian Army unit, self-sustainable, on peacekeeping mission for the first time (Beta/Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik’s statements on Djukanovic’s visit and Frontex supported (Srna)
• Komsic, Izetbegovic and Radoncic hold meeting on political crisis in B&H: Dodik crosses red line, nobody will undermine institutions of B&H (Hayat)
• Inzko: Red line was crossed when someone refused to implement decisions of judiciary (Oslobodjenje)
• Dodik sends letter to President of ECHR warning that he was not informed about nomination of German judges as B&H CC member (RTRS)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev and Kasami sign coalition agreement (Republika)
• Rama to Lavrov: Serbia should recognize Kosovo as soon as possible! (Radio Tirana)
• In Moscow, Albanian PM Rama urges Russian FM Lavrov to recognize Kosovo’s independence (Top Channel)


• Bosnia and Herzegovina, institutions blocked at the Dayton market (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 27

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• Kurti: Hiding correspondence with NATO constitutes flagrant violation (media)
• NATO reaffirms: KSF cannot go to north without KFOR’s permission (Koha)
• Serbia had sought guarantees that KSF would not deploy to north (Koha Ditore)
• Thaci sends message to Kurti from Washington (media)
• Osmani: Calls for upholding Constitution should not be misinterpreted (media)
• Abazi says Kosovo’s partnership with int’l allies can never be questioned (media)
• Haradinaj: KSF can be deployed throughout Kosovo territory (media)
• Veseli: Concerning that a Kosovo PM questions agreements with NATO (media)
• Thaci: Kosovo blessed with trust and partnership of U.S. (media)
• Rama to Lavrov: Kosovo should be recognised by all (media)
• Vucic: Matter of time before Serbia recognises Kosovo (media)

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