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Belgrade Media Report 28 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic with Godfrey on pandemic and future cooperation (RTV/Tanjug)
Brnabic: Serbia effective in fighting pandemic (RTS/Tanjug)
Gojkovic: Constitution does not allow elections to be held in autumn (Tv Pink/Tanjug/B92)
EU committed to supporting Western Balkans in fight against COVID-19 (Tanjug)
Vulin: Thaci must explain his participation in organ trafficking (RTS)
Opposition won’t participate in session, protest in front of parliament on 30 April (Beta)
Another 222 cases, 1,260 recovered (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Reactions to decision on abolishing quarantines in Federation of B&H (RTRS)
RS Crisis HQ extends all measures introduced to curb spread of coronavirus in RS by 11 May; Viskovic says RS will not completely ban movement during 1 May holidays (ATV)
SDA Collegium welcomes adoption of rebalance FB&H Budget 2020, Corona Law, calls on HoP to adopt it (FTV)
Sattler: I expect local leaders to reach agreement on European path of B&H (Nezavisne/RTRS)
B&H CoM approves temporary opening of international border crossing for passenger air traffic for return of citizens to/from Turkey (ATV)
B&H confirms 20 new Covid-19 cases and two fatalities (N1)
Croatia

Prime Minister: Elections will be held when epidemiological conditions allow (HRT)
Dr. Markotic says Covid-19 measures in Croatia could be in place for up to a year (HRT)
Additional medical supplies arrive from China (HTR)
In Croatia, 8 new infections, 2047 in total, 4 died (N1)
Montenegro

Institute for Public Health plans to widen sampling strategy (CDM)
No new cases of coronavirus in Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pompeo: United States supports North Macedonia during crisis (MIA)
Pendarovski-Pompeo: Efforts in fighting COVID-19 and regional developments with emphasis on the Kosovo issue in the focus of the conversation (MIA)
Borisov demands that joint historic commission urgently resumes its work, decides on all disputed historic figures “one by one” (Republika/Sitel TV)
Speaker Xhaferi says parliament cannot reconvene (TV 21)
Milososki: The parliament lost its mandate when it voted to dissolve (Republika)
DUI’s Grubi wants the Constitutional Court to decide on whether the parliament can re-convene (Republika)
In North Macedonia on 1,2,3 May, curfew will start at 2 pm and will last until 5 am the next day (Libertas)
In North Macedonia 22 new cases of Covid-19, a total of 1,421, 6 dead and 36 cured (Libertas)
Albania

New eased measured for the days to come (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 14 new Coronavirus cases reported (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbs Take to Balconies in Protest Against Curfew (Bloomberg)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 28, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• LDK’s Gashi: We have 64 votes for new government (Koha)
• Mustafa to present the new government to LDK MPs (media)
• Thaci: No peace without justice for crimes Serbia committed in Kosovo (media)
• Ahmeti: Schools will not reopen on May 4 (media)
• Specialist Prosecutor initiates additional proceedings (Koha)
• Pacolli: Government preventing my return to Kosovo in ‘primitive, dictatorial’ way (media)
• Ministry of Health: Public health measures applied to everyone equally (media)
• VV’s Abrashi says Pacolli’s request is arrogant (media)
• Three KFOR soldiers from Slovenia infected with coronavirus (RTK)
• Association of Journalists condemns attack on Nenad Milenkovic (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Open hunting season: Are journalists the only problem? (KIM radio)
• A house set on fire in the village of Cernica in Gnjilane municipality (Kosovo Online, B92, Tanjug)
• Jevtic requests from Kosovo minister, officials protection for Serbs and their properties (Kosovo-online)
• Two new cases of Covid-19 infection, two deaths registered in northern Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• EU lifts restrictions on medical exports to Western Balkans (N1)
• The owner of RTV Puls attacked in front of North Mitrovica municipality building (KoSSev)
• Office for KiM, Spric condemn physical assault against RTV Puls owner (KoSSev)
• Journalists’ associations, TV Mreza condemn attack on RTV Puls director (Radio KIM)
• OSCE Mission requests swift investigation into arson of Serb house in Novake village (Radio KIM)
• Djuric: ”KFOR will not allow Pristina to invade northern Kosovo” (Kosovo Online, TV Pink)

Opinion:

• Kosovo was not adequately prepared for the pandemic (EWB)
• Robelli: A barbary of barons (Koha)
• Serbia practices its four-pillar foreign policy in the coronavirus era (intellinews.org)

International:

• Kosovo Court in Another Step Toward Indicting War Suspects (AP/NYT)
• EU Pledges to Continue Search for Kosovo’s War Missing (AP/NYT)

Humanitarian/Development:

• EU in Kosovo and CoE Office call for strong efforts to guarantee safe access to education
• EU Plans New Package To Help Balkans Through Coronavirus Crisis (RFE)
• European Commission aware of air pollution in Western Balkans (N1)
• Media literacy project – A guide to the news you release into your world! (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 28

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• 35 recovered and 17 new cases with COVID-19 (media)
• EC President von der Leyen writes to acting PM Kurti (media)
• PM’s Office will address Venice Commission on Thaci’s letter (Lajmi)
• Kurti expresses concern over Thaci’s steps (media)
• Mustafa: Talks for new coalition are going well (Express)
• Haziri: You cannot impose ministerial names to LDK (Klan)
• LDK MP speaks about distribution of ministries (RTK)
• Thaci: Serbia committed genocide in Kosovo (media)
• Haxhiu says remarks on war crimes amnesty were misinterpreted (Telegrafi)
• OSCE condemns attack on journalist in Mitrovica North (Kallxo)
• PDK MP receives death threat (media)

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