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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 02, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

Kosovo PM Kurti writes to President Trump, Secretary Pompeo (media)
Selimi: Opposition not clear on what is asking regarding tax (media)
Gashi: Citizens have voted for removal of tax (media)
Hamza: Kosovo needs to preserve relations with U.S. and EU (Telegrafi)
Haradinaj: We kept the tax despite pressure, new government to do likewise (Koha)
Kurti invites Veseli, Haradinaj to a meeting (Kallxo)
CEC holds ballot draw for extraordinary mayoral elections in Podujeve (media)

Serbian Language Media:

Odalovic: Most important is for Kosovo to abolish tariffs and create conditions to continue the dialogue (N1, Kosovo Online)
Vucic: Parliamentary elections on March 4 (Beta, RTS, N1)
Serbia’s Vucic: Grenell’s right, Kurti’s offer attempted hoax (FoNet, N1)
Law on the Use of Languages in Kosovo is a dead letter on paper (KoSSev)


The Balkans in the New Decade: Regional Opportunities Ahead (theglobalist.com)


Serbia to open diplomatic mission in Jerusalem (israelnationalnews.com)
Serbian pres tells ‘Post’ he will buy weapons from Israel (jpost.com)


Situation on Greek border to deteriorate, confidential Frontex report warns (ekathimerini.com)
Mirgrad – a new city for the reconciliation of Serbs and Albanians (KoSSev)
Balkans brace for another migration crisis, urge EU to wake up (euractiv.com)
Association of Journalists condemns physical assault on RTK staff (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 02 March

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• Vucic meets with Palmer in the course of US visit (B92)
• Vucic: Grenell is right, it is an attempted hoax (Beta/B92)
• Dacic: Kurti is playing maneuvering games (RTS)
• Joksimovic: Serbia preparing for new wave of migrants (FoNet)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Day of RS and 28 years since adoption of first constitution of RS marked in Belgrade (ATV)
• First session of commission for cooperation of RS parliament and Serbian parliament held in Belgrade (RTRS)
• Sattler: End the blockades, decisions of CC of B&H are final and binding (Vecernji list)
• Attendees of last week’s meeting in Istocno Sarajevo receive letter from EUD, OSCE, US Embassy to B&H (N1)
• SNSD Executive Committee rejects EUD, OSCE and US Embassy’s letter as act of pressure; Dodik deems letter as inappropriate interference in B&H internal matters (FTV)
• Ivantsov: Inzko is obstacle to compromise in B&H (Glas Srpske)
• Izetbegovic: We will fully analyze this scandal and sanction all responsible (BHT1/FTV)
• Radoncic: B&H has very limited capacities to fight against influx of migrants (BHT1)
• Vucic meddled in internal affairs of Montenegro. Again. (CdM)
• Djukanovic: European Convention is an inspiration for Montenegrin society (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev-Miskoski debate (Kanal 5 TV)
• BESA doesn’t see other Albanian parties joining their coalition with SDSM (Republika)
• EC expected to again recommend opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania (MIA)
• Meta promises new lawsuits against majority’s officials (ADN)
• Rama praises Kurti’s decision to lift 100% tax (ADN)


• Serbian president tells ‘Post’ he will buy weapons from Israel (The Jerusalem Post)
• Montenegro’s president accuses Serbia and Russia of undermining independence (Reuters)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 2

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• Mustafa: Tariff to be lifted as requested by the U.S. (media)
• Grenell supports Mustafa’s call for lifting of the tariff (media)
• Osmani: LDK-LVV will meet again about lifting of the tariff (media)
• Vucic: No resumption of dialogue without complete lifting of the tariff (RTK)
• Tanjug: Vucic and Thaci might meet on Monday (media)
• Rama and Haradinaj clash over tariff decision (Koha Ditore)
• Thaci: We cannot undermine partnership with U.S. (RTV21/Telegrafi)
• Kosovo government drafts four-year programme (Zeri)
• Thaci says Lajcak has no credibility to be Kosovo-Serbia envoy (Telegrafi)
• Butel: Parties to look at all options leading to final agreement (Koha Ditore)

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