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Belgrade Media Report 30 March 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 30 March 2020


Vucic: Within 3 to 4 days, the decision on a 24-hour curfew (TV Prva/B92)
Brnabic: State ready for more rigorous measures if necessary (TV Pink)
For the past 24 hours, three people died, another 44 infected, a total of 785 cases (RTS)
Joksimovic: Another 90 tons of medical equipment arrive at Belgrade airport (Tanjug)
Godfrey: Washington sending aid to Serbia (Beta)
First part of aid from UAE arrives (Tanjug)
Djilas’ open letter to Vucic (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS parliament declares state of emergency due to Coronavirus pandemic (BHT1)
Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP announces invoking of vital national interest in case of no compromise over declaration of state of emergency (BHT1)
Dodik: Bosniaks obviously want to obstruct decision on state of emergency in RS; Cvijanovic: Decision will be delayed due to the announcement by Bosniaks (ATV)
Inzko welcomes readiness of Cvijanovic to use emergency authority in interest of public health; US Embassy: We support authorities which are undertaking short-term, legal and appropriate measures in order to face the current pandemic (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik: EU’s assistance should have been in form of respirators, medical equipment (ATV)
RS registers 38 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday (ATV)
B&H introducing new measures as number of patients rises to 353 (N1)
Federation of B&H Crisis HQ declares movement ban between 20:00 and 5:00 hours (BHT1)
Srebrenik Crisis HQ declares quarantine for settlement Srednja Spionica (BHT1)

There are 77 new cases of coronavirus in Croatia, a total of 790 patients; Police are turning away all the vehicles trying to enter Zagreb (Hina)
Croatia receives 12.5 tons of medical equipment from China (Hina)
Dragan Vasiljkovic released from prison, expelled from Croatia (Hina)

Montenegro asks NATO to provide medical equipment (CDM)
Six more test positive for coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

North Macedonia becomes NATO’s 30th ally (MIA)
Filipce: 26 new cases of coronavirus registered, 1 deceased, 9 patients cured (MIA)
Mickoski: We are facing a disaster and the government acts as if they are not from around here (Republika)

Eleven new COVID-19 cases reported by Ministry of Health (ADN)


Turkey welcomes North Macedonia NATO membership (Daily Sabah)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 30 March 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 30, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci insists on broad-based government (media)
• Nagavci: 82 MP votes for no-confidence motion, opened way to Thaci’s plans (Koha)
• LDK’s Hoti: Parties have two options (media)
• Bahtiri denies reports, “I am man of peace” (Klan Kosova)
• 97 cases of coronavirus in Kosovo (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• National Convention on the EU: Establish cooperation between Serbia and Kosovo in combating the coronavirus pandemic (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio, RTK2)
• EU secures 38 million Euro in aid to Western Balkans (N1)
• Thaci with Quint ambassadors instead of consulting the political parties (KoSSev)
• Vucic: Within 3 to 4 days decision on a 24-hour curfew (Prva TV, B92)
• In Serbia, 82 new cases of coronavirus, total of 741 (B92)
• Two persons in northern Kosovo tested positive for Covid-19 (media)
• Ivanovic: Number of persons infected with coronavirus will increase (media)
• EUROPOL: How criminals profit from the Covid-19 pandemic (KoSSev, Beta)
• Two Serb families from Banje and Osojane villages robbed (Radio KIM)


• Jeffrey Sachs: The pandemic crisis will last two years, and things will no longer be the same (NMagazin)


• Fall of the reform government in Kosovo: State crisis in the midst of Corona crisis (Der Spiegel)


• COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans (globalvoices.org)
• China: End of epidemic (B92, Sputnik)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 30

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• 3 new coronavirus cases confirmed, 91 in total (media)
• Kurti: We need to convince every family member to stay at home (media)
• Kurti: Extraordinary elections are inevitable (media)
• Thaci expected to invite political leaders for a consultation meeting (media)
• Nagavci: There is no government without the winner, Kurti was the best PM (RTK)
• LVV could delay forming of the government infinitely (media)
• Kusari: LDK would have submitted motion, with or without Veliu (media)
• Abazi warns on additional measures if citizens do not respect decisions (RTK)

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