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Belgrade Media Report 11 March 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 11 March 2020

• Opening of Embassy in Yerevan an expression of friendship (RTV/Tanjug)
• Dacic: We continue with anti-recognition campaign until deal or compromise (TV Happy/FoNet)
• Dacic urges unconditional abolishment of taxes (Tanjug)
• SNS and opposition cancel all campaign rallies until 1 April over coronavirus (Tanjug/RTS/B92)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS government decides to ban public gatherings and close down schools until March 30 (N1)
• Stoltenberg meets Turkovic, Podzic; Podzic: We discussed implementation of B&H Program of Reforms (O kanal)
• Cormack: Different leaders have stood in the way of progress of B&H (Dnevni list)
• Radoncic: If migrant crisis escalates, Dodik should change his stances on engagement of B&H AF in protection of borders (FTV)
• Foreign Ministers of Berlin Process countries meet in Skopje (FTV)
• Djukanovic: WB is closer to European values now than ever (CDM)
• Darmanovic in Skopje: Europe remains committed to the WB (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• SDSM cancels all public party events to avoid the spread of the coronavirus (Republika)
• COVID-19 Outbreak, US Embassy urges politics to be united (ADN)
• Coronavirus Outbreak: Nurseries, educational institutions, nightclubs gyms and private sector in Albania to close down (ADN)


• U.S. Senator Calls On Kosovo To End Tariffs Or Face U.S. Troop Withdrawal (RFE/RL)
• Montenegro Suspends Army Officer for Joining Church Protests (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 11, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 11, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci: Statements about withdrawal of US troops, serious messages (media)
• Haradinaj calls leaders to meet: Let’s unite on important topics (media)
• Haxhiu: Kosovo will never damage relations with U.S. (media)
• KFOR commander: KSF needs permission to go to the north, police don’t (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• “Vucic goes to Berlin to reiterate his clear position to Chancellor Merkel” (Novosti, Tanjug, B92)
• Dacic requests urgent and unconditional revocation of tariffs (N1)
• Confirmed for B92.net: Vucic canceled all SNS election rallies (media)
• Dacic: We continue work on retracting recognitions of Kosovo (Dnevnik, FoNet)
• Djukanovic: United States resolved to unblock Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS)


• Donald Trump Junior Urges US Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo government approves delayed 2020 budget (Reuters)


• Kurti: Fighting poverty and inequality remains a priority on which we must work together
• Remarks of SRSG Zahir Tanin at UNKT Strategic Prioritisation Retreat
• Balkan Countries Tighten Security as Coronavirus Cases Surge (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Prosecutors Accuse Serbian Company of Wrecking Medieval Fortress (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 11

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• Thaci calls on government to accept U.S. requests: Clashes are dangerous (media)
• Kurti: Differences of opinions should not become contradictions (Koha)
• Isa Mustafa: I have sent an envoy to meet Grenell (media)
• Veseli to Kurti: You triggered most dangerous debate in Kosovo-US relations (media)
• Trump Jr: There are 650 troops in Kosovo. Time to bring them home (media)
• PM Kurti meets Franco-German delegation (Zeri)
• Haradinaj meets Veseli, Limaj; discuss plans for a “Unity Conference” (media)
• Kosovo government approves €10 million action plan to face coronavirus (media)
• Ministry: Kosovo schools to remain open until further notice (media)
• Pristina municipality takes first preventive measures against coronavirus (Telegrafi)
• Serbian man wanted for war crimes arrested in Budapest (Koha)

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