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Belgrade Media Report 7 April 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 7 April 2020


Erdogan sends letter of support to Vucic (RTV)
Stefanovic: Forty-two police officers infected (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Ljajic: Pop-up hospital to open in Novi Pazar (TV Prva/Tanjug)
Joksimovic: Serbia buys 75 medical ventilators from EU funds (Tanjug)
Another 247 cases, in total 2,447 infected in Serbia (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency returns draft of B&H budget for 2020 to B&H CoM (BHT1)
Dzaferovic: B&H CoM was tasked with drafting another B&H Budget proposal (FTV)
Dodik: Measure of 14-day quarantine for people who arrive from abroad key in preventing spreading of epidemic (BHT1)
Covic: Some, especially in Sarajevo, tried to abuse pandemic and make political profit on it (Srna)
Cvijanovic: Conditions met to adopt decree-laws on court proceeding deadlines and misdemeanors causing panic and riots during state of emergency in RS (RTRS)
EU Ambassadors to B&H, COMEUFOR, Head of EU Delegation issue joint statement regarding Coronavirus fight (Vecernji list)
Coronavirus to cut short deadlines from Election Law of B&H? (Nezavisne)
FB&H government adopts law on support for businesses affected by pandemic (N1)
Quarantine areas will be formed on all border crossings that are controlled by FB&H Civil Protection Administration (FTV)
In B&H 762 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (N1)

EU defense ministers hold videoconference on COVID-19 (HRT)
In Croatia, 60 new patients, 1282 in total; Measures to be loosened (N1)

As of last night, six more people in Montenegro positive on coronavirus – 239 in total (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

US provides assistance to North Macedonia to respond to COVID-19 (MIA)
Twenty-nine new cases of coronavirus and 5 deceased (MIA)

Coronavirus measures, daily movement permit to be extended (Tirana Times)
Only 6 persons in Albania tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours (Radio Tirana)
Kim: Rama, Basha and Meta to unite! War is not won without discipline (ADN)


Heads of EU and Member State missions in Belgrade and Pristina welcome the appointment of Lajčák (EWB)
Russian Foreign Ministry calls on Kosovo to drop anti-Serbian measures (TASS)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 7, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 7, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We don’t have any time for political ping pong (media)
• Kurti on Russia’s reaction: Reciprocity derives from concept of equality (Koha)
• Kosovo’s foreign ministry reacts to Russia’s statement on reciprocity measures (Koha)
• PDK’s Veseli calls for extraordinary session of Assembly on Friday (media)
• Ramadani: Difficult days to come, respect recommendations (RTK)
• Pristina with three additional measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 (RTK)
• Haradinaj doesn’t trust Lajcak, says he supports U.S. envoys (Gazeta Express)
• Five new coronavirus cases confirmed in Kosovo, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• World Health Day: ‘Support nurses, midwives’ fighting COVID-19; UN SC to meet (N1)
• Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs comments on Pristina’s tariffs (media)
• Kosovo Customs: Serbian goods worth EUR 1.6 million entered Kosovo since April 1 (RFE, RTK)
• Rakic handed over KFOR’s donation to health facilities and police in Mitrovica North (Radio kontakt plus)
• No new Covid-19 infected cases in Serb-majority areas in Kosovo (Radio kontakt puls)


• ‘The impossible has already happened’: what coronavirus can teach us about hope (The Guardian)
• Lajcak’s clock is already ticking (Prishtina Insight)
• How Democracies Can Beat The Pandemic (Balkan Insight)


• Germany Urges Kosovo Politicians to Focus on COVID-19, Not Divisions (Balkan Insight)
• How Multi-ethnic is Kosovo? (Balkan insight)
• How the coronavirus pandemic is making strongmen stronger, from Hungary to Serbia to the Philippines (theglobeandmail.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 7

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• 20 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Kosovo (media)
• Apostolova: EU can allocate €160 million for Kosovo (RTK)
• Osmani discusses inter-institutional cooperation with Vitia (RTK)
• Limaj calls on Kurti to undertake urgent measures in Malisheva (media)
• Lajcak to start consultations on Pristina-Belgrade dialogue this week (Express)
• Thaci: Kurti a serious violator of Kosovo’s Constitution (media)
• Svecla: There were tendencies to increase tensions in the north (Koha)
• Haradinaj warns of Serbian and Russian agents (Indeksonline)
• Science and Arts Academy calls on parties to overcome divisions (media)
• Moscow opposes Kosovo’s reciprocity toward Serbia, criticises EU (Koha)
• Von Cramon to Mustafa: EP is on Kosovo’s side on its EU aspirations (media)
• Thaci sues Bahtiri for assault on Kosovo’s constitutional order (media)

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