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Belgrade Media Report 26 March 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 26 March 2020


Vulin: US won in Kosovo (RTS)
Dacic: Modalities of health cooperation with Cuba (Tanjug/RTS)
Godfrey: US Embassy organizes flight to LA for US citizens and residents (FoNet/N1)
Fajon: Coronavirus not excuse for locking democracy, EU biggest donor to Serbia (Danas/Beta)
Total of 457 cases, seven die (RTS)
Nestorovic warns Valjevo could be under quarantine (TV Pink/N1/FoNet)
Transport Community Permanent Secretariat and CEFTA propose a set of measures for Western Balkans (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency issues joint statement calling on citizens to respect measures and trust authorities (Dnevni avaz)
B&H CoM decision preventing foreign nationals from entering B&H being enforced (BHT1)
Quarantine for people entering B&H through border crossing Samac formed (ATV)
Croatia to close down small-border crossings with B&H (Dnevni avaz)
B&H has eight new cases, bringing the total to 185 (N1)
Local healthcare center in Sarajevo-based district closed after woman (52) died of consequences of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday (O kanal)
Olympic Hall in Sarajevo to serve as quarantine where patients with mild-symptoms of COVID-19 will be relocated from hospitals in FB&H if necessary (O kanal)
Solak: We are definitely evaluating stricter and more rigorous measures (BHT1)
Pavilions of student center ‘Nikola Tesla’ in Banja Luka to serve as quarantine center for people infected with COVID-19 (N1)
Koc: Solidarity and mutual assistance only way to be successful in this fight (Oslobodjenje)
Norway prepares financial assistance for B&H to help country in fight against coronavirus infection (O kanal)
Zvizdic, Covic write letter to EU officials asking for exemption of Western Balkans from restriction decision (Dnevni avaz)
Covic: Plenkovic promised that B&H will receive help from EU (Nezavisne)
Borrell: China aggressively pushes the message that, unlike US, it is a responsible and reliable partner (Dnevni list)

Croatia reports 481 cases and the second coronavirus victim (Hina)
Quarantine in Murter and Betina, police not allowing anyone in or out (HRT)

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Montenegro rise to 67 (CDM)
Djukanovic: Montenegro and UAE together in fight against coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Dimitrov-Borell: Coordination, solidarity and channeling EU support to Western Balkans (MIA)
Twenty-four new coronavirus cases in North Macedonia, total cases 201 (MIA)

Albania’s leaders unite to cope with COVID-19 (ADN)
Number of Coronavirus infected in Albania increasing too fast (ADN)
COVID-19/71-year-old patient dies in infectious hospital, 6 deaths in Albania (Top channel)
Three field hospitals to be established (ADN)


EU and US in opposite camps as Kosovo government toppled (EurActiv/AFP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 26 March 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 26, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Govt spokesman: PM won’t dismiss LDK ministers (media)
• Kurti: We will continue as a government in duty (RTK)
• Pisonero: Kosovo in a difficult political situation (media)
• Bieber: EU – US alliance damaged (media)
• Mustafa: LDK Ministers to remain in duty until new govt. is elected (media)
• Viola von Cramon: Totally irresponsible political class (media)
• Pack critices LDK for no-confidence motion (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• Empirica public statement: Equal treatment of all communities in combating Covid19 (Radio Mitrovica Sever, KIM radio, Kontakt plus radio, RTV Mir)
• “Respect measures of Serbian Government, Albanians deal with politics not health” (B92)
• Fajon: Coronavirus is not an excuse for locking democracy (Danas, N1, Beta)
• Djuric: Serbian List not to interfere in ”Albanian-Albanian” conflict (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Trajkovic: Ousting of government irresponsible (RTV KIM)
• EC: Kosovo is in difficult political situation (Tanjug, RTV Puls)
• Three more returnees’ houses in Novake village burglarized (RTV KIM)
• Roma in Gracanica face supply difficulties in period of coronavirus pandemic (RTK2)
• Total of 384 coronavirus cases confirmed in Serbia (N1, covid19.rs)


• No-Confidence Vote Topples Kurti Govt in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• EU and US in opposite camps as Kosovo government toppled (Euractiv)
• Coronavirus row helps topple Kosovo government (BBC)
• Coronavirus Helps Bring Down Kosovo’s Government, With Nudge From U.S. (The New York Times)
• Germany’s cautious support to Kosovo’s visa liberalization (EWB)


• The virus in Italy is finally slowing down, the coming days are crucial in the fight (B92, Tanjug)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 26

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• MPs vote to dismiss Kurti-led government (media)
• Mustafa: It is better that the motion was voted, session showed our differences (RTK)
• These are the next steps to create the government (RTK)
• Acting PM Kurti dismisses deputy PM Avdullah Hoti (Koha)
• Haxhiu: Thaci and Mustafa brought Kurti’s government down (RTK)
• Haradinaj welcomes vote on no-confidence motion (media)
• Ruge: EU, France and Germany to be commended for their strong support of Kurti (Klan Kosova)
• Eight new cases of coronavirus confirmed (media)

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