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Belgrade Media Report 16 April

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Vucic: We are not able to lift the ban on movement during curfew (Tanjug/Beta/RTV/RTS)
Dacic: Serbian-American relations are good foundation for optimistic view of the future (Beta)
Godfrey: We’ll write down new chapter of our friendship (FoNet)
Equipment for two state-of-the-art quid labs arrives from China (Tanjug)
Preventive measures in migrant camps yield results (Tanjug)
Second Serbian media outlet says no more e-mail questions about pandemic (FoNet)
EFJ warns of reporting restrictions during coronavirus pandemic (N1)
In Serbia 5,318 infected, 443 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

FB&H Crisis HQ says there will be no mass testing (FTV)
RS Crisis HQ extends duration of curfew in RS for upcoming Easter (BHT1)
Dodik thanked Orthodox believers for understanding of curfew during upcoming Easter (ATV)
Radoncic sends letter to embassies, diplomatic offices and honorary consulates in B&H regarding possibility of transportation of foreign citizens to their countries (FTV)
EBRD will assist public and private sector in B&H to overcome this unseen challenge (Dnevni avaz)
Sattler: EU might not be loudest one, but it is most loyal partner (Nezavisne)
US Ambassador Nelson: Virus does not respect neither borders nor ethnicities (O kanal)
First shipment of medical equipment from China arrives in Banja Luka (RTRS)
Malaysia delivers 10 tons of aid to B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Radoncic thanks Saudi Arabia for donation to B&H (Dnevni avaz)
HNS B&H supports postponement of local elections if crisis continues (N1)
OHR and US Embassy asked to comment possibility of merging of elections; OHR: Frequency of election cycles is often used as excuse for inactivity (Oslobodjenje)
Number of persons infected in B&H increased to 1,116 (N1)

Croatian MEPs dissatisfied with EU response to crisis at its beginning (Hina)
Croatia reported 50 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the national total to 1,791 (HRT)

Djukanovic: We are going to come through this crisis (CDM)
Coronavirus measures in Montenegro to be extended until 30 April (CDM)
Begic: It is still too early to talk about lifting measures and restrictions (CDM)
Amfilohije: Oppression of the church continues (Dan)
Institute for Public Health confirms two new coronavirus cases, both from Ulcinj (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

The state of emergency in North Macedonia extended for the next 30 days (Republika)
Army presence to increase in several cities in North Macedonia, says Defense Minister (MIA)
Stoltenberg: Best way to counter disinformation campaigns is concrete support to allies (MIA)
Chinese Embassy makes donation to North Macedonia amid coronavirus outbreak (MIA)
Michel: EU-Western Balkans Summit to be held via videoconference (MIA)
Spasovski: No relaxation of curfew rules for Easter (Republika)
Top government officials Spasovski, Filipce and Osmani to self-isolate after meeting with the infected Mayor of Kumanovo (Republika)
Palmer: US companies helping coronavirus fight in North Macedonia (MIA)
Macedonia’s coronavirus stimulus package second smallest in Europe (Republika)

Meeting of the National Security Council held (Radio Tirana)
COVID-19 claims 26th victim in Albania (Tirana Times)


Várhelyi: New methodology has put the enlargement policy back on track (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 16, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Another patient succumbs to the coronavirus at Prishtina hospital (media)
• Ahmeti: Situation in the capital under control (Klan)
• LDK’s Hoti criticises PM Kurti of “partial legal initiatives” (media)
• German diplomat: U.S. need to be fair on Pristina-Belgrade dealings (Express)
• Kurti: Institutions to step up reactions against domestic violence (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Irinej: We can pray to God from home too, follow experts’ advice (Tanjug, B92, RTS)
• “Decisions of government and ministries must be available in Serbian language as well” (Radio KIM)
• 11 new cases of Covid-19 infection in northern Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warns UN about coronavirus press freedom violations (Beta, AFP, N1)
• EFJ warns of reporting restrictions during coronavirus pandemic (N1)
• US Ambassador to Serbia: We’ll write down new chapter of our friendship (FoNet, N1)
• Detention of Marko Rosic extended for two more months (Kosovo-online)


• Pandemic Adds Fresh Uncertainty to Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue (Balkan Insight)
• Why the EU should lead talks between Kosovo and Serbia (ecfr.eu)


• Balkan Economies Expected to Contract in Pandemic, IMF warns (Balkan Insight)
• Várhelyi: New methodology has put the enlargement policy back on track (EWB)


• Staying at home increased cases of domestic violence (RTK)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 16

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• Kosovo: 36 new cases of COVID-19, five recoveries (media)
• Kosovo, Serbia health ministers discuss cooperation against COVID-19 (media)
• UK Embassy urges media to report factually (media)
• Osmani forwards initiative for draft law on fighting COVID-19 (media)
• Von Cramon: Lockdown rules to follow constitutional ones in Kosovo (media)
• MP Berisha writes to embassies: Please help Egyptian community (media)
• Lajcak denies he has knowledge of a Kosovo-Serbia “secret deal” (Klan Kosova)
• Nagavci: LVV will reply to the President after the pandemic (RTK)
• Limaj says his party willing to contribute in a unity government (Kosovapress)
• VV’s Pacolli accuses opposition of creating political crisis during pandemic (Koha)
• “For LDK, health of citizens equally important as health of democracy” (Telegrafi)
• Haxhiu: I was not invited at President’s meeting (Klan Kosova)
• Kosovo Police sends appeal against domestic violence (media)

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