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Belgrade Media Report 22 April 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 22 April 2020


Drecun: If it were not for Belgrade, Serbs in Kosovo would not be able to survive (RTS)
Joksimovic: Important that we hear clear stand of EU and Lajcak on dialogue principles (Tanjug)
Office for Kosovo and Metohija: Belgrade is not blocking transport of goods (RTS/Tanjug)
Quint ambassadors commend government’s response to coronavirus (Tanjug)
Dacic: Powers owe us a report on the virus (Novosti)
Another 224 cases, 1,025 recovered patients (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

The Constitutional Court of B&H ruled that the ban on the movement of persons under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 violates citizens’ rights (N1)
B&H CoM fails to adopt decision to draw approved funds from IMF (BHT1)
Dodik: I do not understand why the postponement regarding IMF funds; Croats and Bosniaks now have different interpretations, but everything is clearly stated in Letter of Intent (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik: I agree with Radoncic on migrant crisis; Those who entered B&H illegally should be thrown out of B&H immediately (Dnevni avaz)
Dzaferovic and Plenkovic discuss epidemiologic situation and EU-Western Balkans Summit (FTV)
WHO’s Olsavszky: Generally speaking, RS has already achieved certain level of success through flattening curve of number of infected as recommended by WHO (RTRS)
RS Main Coordination Team recommends extending level of population testing (RTRS)
Citizens in quarantines in ZDC interrupt hunger strike (FTV)
First shipment of protective equipment arrives in Brcko from China (Nezavisne novine)
B&H sees 27 new cases, two more fatalities (N1)

Another shipment of protective equipment arrives from China (Hina)
In Croatia, there are 1,950 coronavirus patients and a new hotspot has emerged (N1)

Montenegro has the lowest mortality rate of the countries in the region (Dan)
Institute for Public Health confirms one more coronavirus case in Budva (CDM)
Fajon interview: The EU keeps encouraging enlargement process (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

SDSM is reportedly trying to reconvene the parliament (Republika/360 Degrees)
No parliament, no elections: Macedonia is in legislative limbo (Republika)
President Pendarovski has phone call with EU’s Lajcak (MIA)
Interior Minister proposes that relaxed curfew also applies on weekends (TV Telma)
Spasovski: Measures not determined by any religious holidays or efforts of individuals (MIA/Slobodna TV)
In North Macedonia 48 patients recovered, 28 new cases of covid-19 confirmed, the total number of diagnosed cases 1259, 1 person died (Libertas)

Law Commission approves government’s decision to postpone state of emergency (Radio Tirana)
Rama: Albania to slowly ease restriction measures (ADN)
Kosovo gains energy independence (Radio Tirana)
President greets Kosovo’s deal for electricity independence (ADN)
EU donated 20 000 test kits for Albania (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 25 new Coronavirus cases reported, Ministry assures situation under control (ADN)


Serbian envoy to Turkey grateful for aid to fight virus (Anadolu Agency)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 22, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 22, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci: LVV has not proposed candidate for PM (Koha)
• EC proposes €3 billion aid package for the region, Kosovo to get 100 million (media)
• LDK, AAK leaders meet to discuss new government formation (media)
• Ahmeti: A functioning govt, broad consensus in time of pandemics (Indeksonline)
• Kosnett: Corruption made many young people go to Syria (RTK)
• 58 patients at Infectious Disease Clinic (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• One new case of Covid-19 infection in northern Kosovo, six persons healed (Kosovo-online)
• CoE Human Rights commissioner warns of state of human rights in Europe (N1)
• Office for KiM: Pandemic must not be reason to spread propaganda and lies (Kosovo-online)
• “No end in sight to instability in Kosovo, even the relationship among Albanians deteriorated” (RTS, B92, RTV Puls, KIM radio)
• Covic: Serbia to maintain active approach and not rush with solution for Kosovo (Prva TV, Kosovo-online)
• Reporters Without Borders: Serbia drops to 93rd, Kosovo moves up to 70th place (KoSSev)


• Danas: Kosovo equation with many unknowns


• NGO calls on mayors to assist communities in distance learning courses (Telegrafi)
• Balkan Countries Start to Lift Some Coronavirus Restrictions (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 22

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• Kosovo: Six new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday (media)
• Kurti: Kosovo faces three crises – health, economic, political (media)
• Waiting for President Thaci’s decision (Radio Free Europe)
• LDK to depend on PDK and Serbian List votes (Kallxo)
• Veseli says PDK will neither join LVV nor LDK in forming new govt (media)
• Muhaxheri: Mustafa sent letter to potential partners (media)
• Mustafa writes to Haradinaj about the new government (RTK)
• PDK names conditions for forming new government (Koha/Kallxo)
• Krasniqi: We will not vote Mustafa for Prime Minister (RTK)
• Kusari-Lila: New govt will depend on votes of Serbian List and PDK (Klan K.)
• “Mustafa isolated Osmani, she is now just an individual with votes in LDK” (media)
• Journalist association condemns publication of victims’ personal details (Telegrafi)

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