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Belgrade Media Report 17 March

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Vucic: Eyes of Serbia are looking to China now (Beta)
Brnabic: Possibility of introducing more drastic measures not excluded (TV Pink/Tanjug)
New government measures to combat COVID-19 virus (Tanjug/Beta)
Government of Serbia passed the Decree: Constitution guaranteed rights restricted (Tanjug/B92)
Dacic: Lavrov’s visit to Serbia postponed; assistance from Russia in fight against coronavirus (Tanjug/Beta)
WHO supports Serbia in fight against coronavirus (Tanjug)
Joksimovic asks EC to redirect IPA funds for fight against coronavirus (Tanjug)
Sixteen years since the March pogrom (RTS)
RIK: All election activities cease during state of emergency in Serbia (Beta/FoNet/N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

One more COVID-19 case of B&H, raising the number to 26 cases in total; Parliament declared the state of emergency (N1)
B&H Presidency adopts 18 conclusions on measures for fight against coronavirus epidemic in B&H (Hayat)
RS government declares emergency situation for territory of RS (ATV)
All citizens of B&H who enter country will be sent to self-isolation to prevent coronavirus outbreak (N1)
Izetbegovic: Drastic measures against coronavirus are necessary in order to stop epidemic (Hayat)
Serbia and Montenegro close down border crossings towards B&H (Hayat)

Croatia confirms nine more coronavirus patients, announces new measures (Hina)
Croatian army activities reduced to minimum (Hina)
Von der Leyen proposes ban to entrance to EU for citizens of all non-EU countries (HRT)

Djukanovic: Abiding by recommendations, we protect ourselves, our families and our country (CDM)
Government outlines new measures to prevent coronavirus outbreak (CDM)
Getting to grips with the coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

North Macedonia closes borders, Skopje Airport amid coronavirus outbreak (MIA)
No need to rush into declaring national emergency or crisis situation, says Pendarovski (MIA)
Dimitrov warns citizens against traveling abroad amid COVID-19 pandemic (MIA)
Pendarovski: There should be no problem to postpone April elections (MIA)
Number of coronavirus patients in Republic of North Macedonia rises to 26 after three new cases confirmed (MIA)
Spanish Senate ratifies NATO Accession Protocol (MIA)

Number of the infected in Albania reach 55 (ADN)
Albania extends emergency measures to prevent COVID-19’s spread (ADN)
Albania bans travels from UK (ADN)


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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 17, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• President Thaci calls for mobilisation of KSF (media)
• PM Kurti address to Western Balkans Conference (media)
• Western Balkans Prime Ministers meet online (RTK)
• All incoming flights with passengers suspended (media)
• ContourGlobal halts plans to build “Kosova e Re” power plant (Media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Conflict between citizens on the Ibar River (RTK2, KoSSev, Kosovo Online)
• Djuric: Albanians try to provoke conflicts again (Tanjug, Kosovo Online, TV Pink)
• North Mitrovica mayor Rakic urge international community and Kosovo Government to prevent illegal works on Ibar River (Kosovo Online)
• Eight new cases of coronavirus in Serbia, a total of 65 (B92)
• The Government of Serbia passed the Decree: Constitution guaranteed rights restricted (B92, Tanjug)
• Sixteen years since March pogrom in Kosovo (KoSSev, N1)
• Djuric: Serbia resolved not to allow repetition of March violence (Kosovo Online)
• Brnabic: More drastic measures may be introduced tonight (B92, Tanjug)
• Democracy watchdog appeals for election postponement in Serbia, stops monitoring (N1)
• Gracanica: Increased measures of precautions (KIM Radio)
• In Serb communities in Kosovo Pomoravlje district no infected persons with coronavirus (RTV Puls)


• Don’t Leave Roma out of EU Enlargement Talks (Balkan Insight)


• EU to Ban Entry to 26 Schengen Area Countries (schengenvisainfo.com)
• Public authorities enforce coronavirus measures (Prishtina Insight)
• Lavrov’s Visit To Serbia Postponed Over COVID-19 Concerns – Serbian Foreign Ministry (urdupoint.com)


• Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Test Begins as U.S. Volunteer Receives First Shot (time.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 17

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Number of confirmed coronavirus cases reaches 16 (media)
President considering state of emergency (Indeksonline)
Thaci urges citizens to stay at home (media)
Health Institute: Go out only for emergency cases (media)
KSF raises readiness due to coronavirus (Koha)
Pristina Mayor: Stay at home! (Klan Kosova)
US Embassy calls on leaders to set aside differences (media)
Malisheva Mayor: Every village has visitors from Italy (media)
Hundreds of Kosovars from Italy came to Restelica (Indeksonline)
“If citizens aren’t totally isolated, disastrous consequences” (media)

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