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Belgrade Media Report 27 April 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 27 April 2020


Continuation of dialogue with Pristina as soon as conditions are met (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Dacic, Botsan-Harchenko on cooperation, UN SC session (RTV/Tanjug)
Vucic in Sremska Mitrovica Memorial Park: Genocide was committed against Serbs (B92/Tanjug)
Only B&H, Slovakia and Serbia against separation of Kosovo from EMS (Politika)
Serbia sends assistance to Italy (Tanjug)
DS, NS continue boycott of parliament (FoNet)
Another 233 cases, 1,209 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Commemoration for victims of Ustasha crimes in Jasenovac and Donja Gradina in WWII takes place in Donja Gradina, Sremska Mitrovica (ATV)
Restrictive measures relaxed in FB&H (FTV)
RS authorities warn decision to abolish curfew and quarantine facilities in FB&H endangers epidemiological situation in RS (RTRS)
Dodik criticizes FB&H authorities’ decision to abolish quarantine at border crossings (O kanal)
Abolition of quarantine in the FB&H is an insane and irresponsible move (Nezavisne)
RS government announces relaxation of measures as of 27 April (BNTV)
EU’s assistance to health sector of RS handed over; Dodik: RS was not forgotten by EU (N1)
Radoncic presents plan to deport migrants, Dzaferovic says migrant crisis should not be resolve by spreading of hatred and labeling of B&H as source of security problems (BHT1)
Embassy of Pakistan to B&H says statement of B&H Minister of Security on illegal migrants from Pakistan is unjustified (N1)
HNS B&H says local elections in B&H should be announced at beginning of May (N1)
Shipment containing eighty ventilators which FB&H government ordered from China arrives in B&H (O kanal)
Maglaj is COVID-19 epicenter in ZDC (BHT1)
In B&H 49 new cases and one fatality, 1,565 in total (N1)

First stage of coronavirus exit strategy begins (HRT)
In Croatia, 9 new infections, 2039 in total, 4 died (N1)

Analysis of 97 samples shows all tested negative (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Marichikj: EU unanimously decided to start talks with North Macedonia, Bulgarian document carries no legal weight (MIA)
Pop Arsov: Instead of EU accession, we are pushed to redefine the Macedonian identity (Republika)
Is SDSM preparing for “corona elections” in June? (Republika)
Filipce denies reports that the government is preparing for early elections (Republika)
President Pendarovski plans to host leaders’ meeting in May (MIA)
In North Macedonia 13 new cases of covid-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number to 1399, 4 people have died while 53 patients have recovered, (Libertas)

Albanian stores reopen as govt decides to ease restrictions (ADN)
Chinese Ambassador Zhou Ding: Albania is a friendly country for China (Radio Tirana)
Three agreements have been concluded with Kosovo in the framework of foreign policy (Radio Tirana)
Albania returns again to lower daily numbers of Coronavirus Cases (ADN)


Put aside political agendas ‘to save lives’, top UN official in Kosovo urges (UN News)
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Mission in Kosovo (U.S. Mission to the United Nations)
Delivering on health, safety and justice in Kosovo (UK Mission to the United Nations)
Statement by Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN (Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations)
Kosovo: The priority must be the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade (Permanent Representation of France to the United Nations Security Council, 24 April 2020)
Chinese envoy calls for resumption of talks for political settlement of Kosovo issue (CGTN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 27, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 27, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Govt overthrown ‘because we were ending state capture’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Veseli: Serbia must answer for its crimes before an international tribunal (media)
• Osmani: Serbia is not ready for peace (media)
• Haxhiu: Thaci must publish letter for PM candidate to LDK (media)
• “War crimes are not pardoned; they need to be tried and condemned” (media)
• Health Institute: Stop pressure on us, we cannot test everyone at once (media)
• “All data show increase of cases of domestic violence” (Radio Free Europe)

Serbian Language Media:

• North Kosovo: Five new cases diagnosed with Covid-19 (Kontakt plus radio)
• Incidents affecting Serb community in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Trifunovic: 23 years we live in darkness, looking for truth about missing persons (Kosovo-online)
• Blakaj: Attacks on Gashi are wrong, we must acknowledge all victims regardless of nationality (Kosovo Online)
• YIHR and HLC Kosovo condemn criticism and protests over Gashi’s statement (KoSSev)
• Elections in Serbia in July? (media)
• UN SG Gutteres calls Belgrade, Pristina to continue dialogue (BETA, N1)
• Dacic tells UN Security Council Pristina not ready to continue dialogue (BETA, N1)
• Opposition leader calls Serbian Government to revoke holiday curfew decision (BETA, N1)


• Why we should be worried about the fall of Kosovo’s government? (EWB)


• Kosovo PM Sacks Adviser for Criticising Wartime Guerrillas (Balkan Insight)
• Kurti Will Not Oppose Protests Against New Govt in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)


• Domestic violence cases on increase compared to last year (KoSSev)
• Vucic discusses pandemic fallout with EBRD President (FoNet, N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 27

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• Covid-19: 32 new cases confirmed, total number 767 (media)
• Four KFOR members evacuated after testing positive for Covid-19 (Kallxo)
• Vitia: We will decide on new measures on 30 April (T7/Telegrafi)
• President’s decree can only be challenged when a non-winning party is mandated (Koha)
• Kurti: Missing persons, the first thing to be discussed in dialogue (media)
• Muhaxheri: Formation of new government is close (RTK)
• Selmanaj says coalition government to be voted this week (media)
• Pacolli: We are not interested to be part of any government (Lajmi.net)
• Kurti dismisses his advisor, Shkelzen Gashi (media)
• Visa liberalisation – injustice that will not be corrected soon (media)

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