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Belgrade Media Report 25 March

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Vucic’s address on the occasion of 21st anniversary of NATO aggression (Politika)
Solidarity evidence of closeness of peoples of Serbia, Turkey (Tanjug)
Joksimovic: €94 million redeployed from IPA funds for Serbia (Tanjug)
Vucic: Belgrade, Valjevo and Nis – for hotspots of virus, special measures (B92/Tanjug)
Radojicic: The city is ready to isolate 10 central municipalities (B92/TV Prva)
Kon: No need for isolation of Belgrade (RTS)
Another 81 cases, 384 infected in Serbia (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CoM adopts draft budget for 2020 and decision on closure of airport in B&H; Ministers from RS vote against draft of budget that implies increase of salaries, purchase of cars and buildings (FTV)
Dodik, Dzaferovic talk about coronavirus situation with Varhelyi (RTRS/BHT1)
Dodik with Lavrov: Russia is ready to help RS and B&H amid coronavirus crisis (ATV)
Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Konjic; Total number of infected in B&H increased to 168 (Klix.ba/O kanal)
Banja Luka City Headquarters for Emergency Situations: New measures will be introduced (ATV)
Are B&H citizens confused by different instructions coming from 13 crisis headquarters in the country? (N1)

Croatia welcomes green-light for launch of EU entry talks with Macedonia and Albania (Hina)
Coronavirus cases rise to 418 (HTR)

EU’s support: €3 million for healthcare system and €50 million for long-term program (CDM)
Number of coronavirus cases in Montenegro reaches 52 (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: Start of EU negotiations, historic mistake fixed, no obstacles or conditions (MIA)
Twenty-nine new coronavirus cases in North Macedonia, total tally hits 177 (MIA)
Kumanovo public transport cancelled (MIA)

Rama: Finally, the accession talks are open (ADN)
Coronavirus cases rise to 146 across Albania (ADN)
Government announces state of natural disaster (ADN)
COVID-19, EU pledges 50 million Euros for Albania (ADN)


Coronavirus postpones elections across emerging Europe. Except in Poland (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 25, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Govt is being brought down to make way for land swap agreement (media)
• Roth: Corona doesn’t care about disputes between politicians (media)
• Kosnett meets Osmani shortly before Assembly session (media)
• Mustafa: Motion is a democratic instrument (RTK)
• Kurti informs on his response to the Constitutional Court, right before the motion (RTK)
• Thaci: We’ll overcome this, stay at home (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Simic: All 10 Serbian List MPs to vote in favour of no-confidence motion (Kosovo Online, Vecernje novosti)
• Tanin urge political leaders in Kosovo to show unity in fight against COVID-19 (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio, RTK2, Kosovo Online)
• Hasani: Both Kurti’s measure to ban movement and Thaci’s call to oppose a government decision are unconstitutional (KoSSev)
• Germany and France support Kurti, the US welcomes the vote of no-confidence motion against the government (KoSSev)
• US Embassy in Pristina: Burglaries of returnees’ houses must not be tolerated (N1, BETA)
• 54 new cases of coronavirus registered in Serbia, more than 300 people infected (B92)


• Macron and Merkel to organise Serbia-Kosovo Summit when conditions are established (EWB)


• The ‘father figures’ of Kosovo politics (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 25

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• Thaci: EU continues to discriminate Kosovo (media)
• Osmani: I will not vote in favor of non-confidence motion, MPs should vote against it (media)
• Kosnett: Pleased to see Assembly session tomorrow (media)
• Von Cramon reacts harshly to Kosnett, calls his statements irresponsible (Koha)
• Joint statement of France and Germany (media)
• Switzerland calls on ruling coalition to overcome disagreements (media)
• Kurti tweets about call with Merkel (media)
• Constitutional Court: Thaci’s request will be treated with urgency (RTK)
• Abazi with serious accusations against Thaci and Mustafa (RTK)
• Behrami: Pressure on LDK, interference in internal matters (RTK)
• Two new cases confirmed, number of infected with COVID-19 reaches 63 (media)

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