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Belgrade Media Report 06 April

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Phone conversation between Vucic and Tanin (RTS)
Pompeo thanks Vucic for helping Americans get back home in the time of coronavirus (RTS/Politika/Tanjug/Beta)
Israeli President voices support to the people of Serbia (RTS)
Vucic hands over 13 ventilators for hospital in Novi Pazar (RTS/B92)
Vucic: The next two weeks will determine our destiny (B92)
Brnabic: Next two weeks crucial in fight against coronavirus (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Dacic receives letter of gratitude from German, French, British Ambassadors (Beta)
Ljaljic: Reciprocity worse than taxes (Beta)
Borrell: Lajcak will be able to move the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS)
Jeremic: Idea of borderless Europe shaken, international solidarity scant (Beta/BBC)
In Serbia 2,200 infected, 58 deaths (RTS)
All migrants in Serbia quarantined (FoNet)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

FB&H introduces new measures regarding the coronavirus pandemic (Hayat)
Measure preventing citizens to leave their place of residence during weekends enters into force in RS (BHT1)
FB&H government annuls decision on distribution of budget funds intended for cantons, cities and municipalities (BHT1/Dnveni avaz)
Representatives of municipalities with Serb majority in FB&H express dissatisfaction with both annulled decision and new decision of FB&H government on distribution of funds (RTRS)
Sattler says EU will give B&H 80 million Euros of assistance during coronavirus situation (FTV)
Inzko publishes video message to citizens and authorities in B&H, says politicians must work together (Dnevni list)
Number of persons infected with Coronavirus in B&H increases (O kanal)
In RS 10 people has died so far and 304 people have been infected (N1)
Two people died in FB&H (N1)
Eighty-three B&H citizens arrive to Sarajevo by plane from Stockholm (RTRS)

In Croatia, 40 more infected, one more died (HRT)

Data shows significant number of children infected with coronavirus in Montenegro (CDM)
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Montenegro rises to 223 (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Leave the vanities, politics must now have only two goals, saving lives and economic chance of surviving the crisis (Republika)
Szijjarto: I’m here on invitation from Mickoski, who asked for our assistance (Republika)
Szijjarto: North Macedonia to start EU accession negotiations by June (MIA)
Filipche: Out of 555 confirmed coronavirus cases, 52 are healthcare workers (MIA)
Three patients died from the coronavirus in North Macedonia overnight (Atlas TV)
Health Minister: We enter new phase in COVID-19 pandemic management process (MIA)


Measures to be loosened after Monday (Radio Tirana)
The number of people infected with coronavirus in Albania has increased to 377 (ADN)


Sassoli responds to speakers of WB parliaments (EWB, 3 April 2020)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 6, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Two patients affected by COVID-19 die at Pristina hospital (RTK)
• Kurti: We are entering the critical stage in the fight against coronavirus (media)
• Thaci: Battle against coronavirus pandemic is not over (media)
• EU engaged in dialogue, urges resumption of Pristina-Belgrade talks (media)
• Abbott: There are no politics in the virus (media)
• Vucic talks on the phone with the UNMIK chief, says he is ready to cooperate with “Pristina” against Covid 19 (RTK, Beta)
• Norway pledges aid to Kosovo to fight coronavirus pandemic (media)
• Slovakia offers assistance to Kosovo to fight COVID-19 outbreak (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Six new cases in Serbian communities in Kosovo, total of 33 cases (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: 248 trucks entered Kosovo, eight Albanians from Novi Pazar taken care of in Belgrade (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Djuric: Coronavirus positive persons will be placed in isolation centers (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio)
• President Vucic had phone call with SRSG Tanin, discussed coronavirus and Kosovo (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Journalists’ associations, international and local officials react to violation of right to privacy, personal data (Kosovo-online)
• EFJ: COVID-19 – political interference in the media in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Serbia enters second month of pandemic with 1.908 infected and 51 dead (RTS)
• Four new coronavirus cases in Serb-populated areas in Kosovo, 27 in total (KoSSev)
• Movement ban between Mitrovica and Zvecan until further notice (Radio kontakt plus)


• Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Is Navigating a Highway to Uncertainty (The National Interest)


• Kosovo Leaders Feud Over COVID-19 Outbreak in North (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovar Media Urged Not To ‘Intensify’ Tensions During Coronavirus Crisis (RFE)
• Washington fiddles in the Balkans while COVID flames engulf the world (The Hill)
• Did America help oust Kosovo’s reformist government? (The Economist)


• Djuric: Decision to employ all doctors and 200 nurses from Kosovo Serb communities entered into force (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 6

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• Five new cases of coronavirus infections in Kosovo (media)
• Kurti: We need to fight together, we will all be triumphant (media)
• UNMIK chief calls to uphold human rights in fight against COVID-19 (media)
• EU Head of Mission calls for cooperation and solidarity (media)
• U.S. Embassy Statement on continued cooperation in fighting COVID-19 (media)
• Heldt praises ministers for cooperation, slams ‘tendentious’ journalism (media)
• Interior Minister Svecla visits Bosniak Mahalla in the north (media)
• KFOR: We are closely monitoring the situation (Koha)
• Qalaj: No one can act against laws in any part of Kosovo (T7, RTK)
• Vitia: We’re in official coordination with northern municipalities (media)
• Thaci: Situation in the north unacceptable (media)
• Govt justifies quarantine in the north: There are 16 cases of coronavirus (media)
• Abazi says Thaci has split the north of Kosovo (Telegrafi)
• LDK issues press release about situation in the north (media)
• Hoti: Problems are resolved with political means (RTK)
• PDK: Kurti yielded to Belgrade in the north (media)
• Haxhiu calls for calmness, criticises other parties for panic and division (media)
• Vetevendosje MP warns of improvised tensions in Kosovo north (media)
• HRW’s Roth: Trump administration backed Kurti’s ouster (media)
• EFJ criticises political interference in the media in Kosovo (media)

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