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Belgrade Media Report 02 April

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Brnabic: We will withdraw the decision on informing, we do not want to cast a shadow on our work (RTS)
Djuric: No blockade of trucks (FoNet/Tanjug/RTV)
Two more planes with equipment purchased by Serbia arrive in cooperation with EU (Tanjug)
Another plane arrives from China with medical assistance (Tanjug)
Fourteen million masks shipped from China (RTS)
In Serbia 111 people tested positive, totaling to 1171 cases (RTS)
SzS: Government should introduce possible movement ban without blaming people (Beta)
Lawyers question legality of state of emergency in Serbia (FoNet)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mandic to replace Radoncic at helm of coordination Body until CoM’s final decision (Dnevni avaz)
Novalic meets with Heads of Caucuses in FB&H HoR, presents plan of economic measures aimed at mitigating economic consequences of coronavirus pandemic (Hayat)
Dodik: Budget of B&H institutions will not be adopted due to the lack of assessment on fiscal revenues (RTRS/N1)
Foreign ambassadors compliment domestic leaders for functioning without blockades and quarrels in fight against coronavirus pandemic (EuroBlic)
RS Main Coordination Team thanks Serbian leadership for first shipment of medical aid delivered to RS in fight against COVID-19 (RTRS)
Croatia approves construction of nuclear waste disposal site regardless of B&H’s disapproval (FTV)
PIC: International community will assist B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Letter of intent towards IMF for quick financing to help battle COVID-19 approved (O kanal)
Covic with Ivantsov: Everything must be done in B&H to prevent the crisis from being prolonged (Nezavisne novine)
Roth calls on political actors to implement unity presented during coronavirus crisis in their everyday approach (FTV)
B&H sees new fatalities; number of patients 512 (N1)
Banja Luka City Crisis HQ passes new measures in fight against COVID-19 pandemic (RTRS)
Kosovo government abolishes one hundred percent tariffs on raw materials and products from B&H (BHT1)

Police in Istria charge two with spreading false information about coronavirus (HRT)
In Croatia, 1011 infected with coronavirus, another person dies (N1)

The number of infected people with coronavirus in Montenegro 140 (CDM)
Employees in quarantine are entitled to full salary (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Filipche: Health system prepared for larger number of patients (MIA)
Osmani-Varhelyi: North Macedonia granted access to EU Solidarity Fund (MIA)
Thirty new cases of coronavirus in North Macedonia, total 384 (MIA)

Manastirliu: Public and non-public educational institutions and nursery schools stay closed down until the end of pandemics (Radio Tirana)
US assisting Albania, donating laboratory equipment and tests to detect COVID-19 cases (ADN)
EU Delegation and US Embassy praise Albanian gov’t for repatriation of citizens (Tirana Times)
In Albania 277 total COVID-19 cases confirmed, 16 victims (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 2, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• UK: Now is not the time for political maneuvering, but cooperation (media)
• Thaci set to form new government, demands from Kurti PM candidate name (Express)g
• Haradinaj: Impossible to hold elections at this time (media)
• Limaj: We could be part of broad based government (RTK)
• 6+ parliamentary group against new elections at a time of pandemic (media)
• Surroi: Kosovo politics not to take side in Quint countries’ divisions (Koha)
• Kurti’s adviser to the U.S. Embassy: Why siding with Serbia?
• Vitia, Jevtic call for cooperation at a time of pandemic (RFE/Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dr Elek: There are currently 12 coronavirus infected people in the north (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic today with Macron and Putin, prior to Crisis Staff (B92)
• Djuric: No blockade for lorries from Kosovo (FoNet, N1)
• Dacic: Pristina authorities with reciprocity measures banned trade again (Danas, TV Pink)
• New measures in Mitrovica North, Zvecan and Leposavic (KoSSev)
• Serbian PM: Government withdrawing decree limiting release of information (N1)
• New 160 infected, total 1060 infected, five more deaths of COVID-19, total 28 deaths (B92)
• Patient from Leposavic infected with Covid-19 passed away (Radio kontakt plus)
• Lawyers question legality of state of emergency in Serbia (FoNet, N1)


• U.S. calls on Kosovo to drop restrictions on Serbians (Reuters)
• Despite good news, the Western Balkans are in trouble (AlJazeera)


• VoA: Where is the international assistance for health care institutions in Serbian communities? (KiM radio, Kontakt plus radio, Kosovo Online)
• No drug approved yet in treating COVID-19, expert says (N1)
• Wakeup call for the Western Balkans (balkangreenenergynews.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 2

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• The number of persons recovered from COVID-19 reaches ten (media)
• Two correctional service officials test positive for coronavirus (media)
• WHO: Kosovo to take speedy measures, situation can worsen (media)
• Kurti: Reciprocity towards Serbia to be gradually implemented (media)
• President Hashim Thaci’s interview to T7
• Thaci to continue with consultation of political parties today (media)
• Hasani: Thaci should nominate winning party to form institutions (Kallxo/KTV)
• German Ambassador hails tariff removal (media)
• France welcomes tariff removal (media)
• Italy welcomes removal of tariff (media)
• Von Cramon to Thaci: Don’t play around with Constitution while people are dying (Koha)
• Abazi claims he does not understand actions of LDK leadership (RTK)
• Haziri: Tariff lifted without any coordination (media)
• PDK: Kurti is lying to the public about reciprocity measures (media)

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