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Belgrade Media Report 29 April 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 29 April 2020


Brnabic: Parliament session started once all requirements have been met (RTS/Tanjug/RTV)
Djuric: KFOR promised it would not allow extremists to use this situation (TV Pink/Tanjug/Politika)
Godfrey: Serbia’s approach to pandemic provides an opportunity for progress in Belgrade-Pristina relations (N1/Beta)
Mihajlovic: Serbia ready to resume air traffic on 18 May (RTS)
Final decision today: It is possible to shorten the curfew for May Day holidays (TV Pink/B92)
Another 227 cases, 1,292 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency gives B&H Council of Ministers 24 hours to harmonize measures in fight against coronavirus pandemic at B&H level (FTV/N1/Vecernji list)
FB&H made a step back (Dnevni avaz)
SIPA, SC Prosecutor’s Office and Public Procurement Agency launch investigation of procurement of ventilators carried out by raspberry production company (N1)
Cavara: SDA wants to dis-empower Croats, some want to use the crisis and make profit out it (Vecernji list)
Tegeltija speaks with Chakrabarti and Lajcak via video link (RTRS)
B&H Presidency members meet with Sattler and Quint Ambassadors, launch initiative for start of reform process and implementation of priorities from EC’s Opinion (FTV)
Elections related stories (Dnevni list/RTRS)
NATO and US Army donate necessary supplies for FB&H and RS MoIs (Dnevni avaz)
RS Crisis HQ approves limited working hours of non-grocery retailers that operate in shopping malls from May 1-11 (RTRS)
Cardinal Puljic: Priests allowed to start serving masses with presence of the faithful (Oslobodjenje)
B&H sees a surge of 92 new Covid-19 cases and 3 deaths (N1)

HDZ putting own interests before public health, says opposition MP (Hina)
Unions to stage an online protest rally on May Day (Hina)
In Croatia, 15 new infections, 2.062 in total, 4 more died (N1)

Pompeo to Djukanovic: Montenegro is not just a friend of the US, it’s an important ally (CDM)
Montenegro without new coronavirus cases for three days in a row (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Chulev: People’s health a priority, COVID-19 developments to determine date of elections (MIA)
Mickoski: Election not VMRO-DPMNE’s priority now (MIA)
Filipche: Curve flattened; Measures must be followed for return to normality (MIA)
In North Macedonia 105 people placed in state quarantine at Popova Shapka (MIA)
In North Macedonia 38 patients recovered, 21 new cases confirmed, 2 have died (Libertas)

Italian authorities seize 1 ton of drugs coming from Albania (ADN)
Thaci’s mysterious visit to Albania (ADN)
PM: Return to normality could take 2 years (ADN)
Albania eases restrictions as fear from pandemic fades (ADN)
Albania schools to partially reopen on 18 May (ADN)
In Albania 16 more cases of COVID-19 (Radio Tirana)


Coronavirus response: KFOR carries on with its activities and continues to provide assistance to local communities in Kosovo (NATO)
Trying to weather the storm: Covid-19 and Western Balkans (Anadolu Agency)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 29, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 29, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• LDK signs governing coalition agreement with AAK (RTK)
• Thaci another letter to Mustafa, wants name of PM candidate (Indeksonline)
• Veseli: PDK MPs won’t vote a govt of fraud, elections after pandemic (media)
• BiEPAG: Western Balkans in Times of the Global Pandemic (Koha)
• Behgjet Pacolli is still in Tirana (RTK)
• 2018 report: Amnesty for war crimes could be part of Kosovo-Serbia agreement (Koha)
• Hyseni: The matter of the new government to conclude soon (Klan, RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• NGOs and Media: Responsible institutions to protect human rights (Kosovo Online, KIM Radio, Kontakt plus radio)
• US Ambassador to Serbia: Return to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is important to Washington (Kontakt plus radio, N1)
• Djuric: We disagree on status, but we can’t beat the virus without cooperation (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• US Embassy in Pristina: Violence against minorities should be investigated and prosecuted (Kosovo-online)
• Jevtic: Violence against Serb properties must end immediately (Kosovo-online)
• Office for KiM: Burning down of family house in Cernica latest in series of attacks against Serb properties in Kosovo (TV Most)
• One person infected and five more cured of Covid-19 in Kosovo north (Kontakt plus radio)
• KP classified assault on RTV Puls owner case as minor bodily harm and destruction of property (KoSSev)
• EU – WB draft declaration: Close cooperation after crisis (N1)


• Collective amnesia for an elusive normalisation of relations (Prishtina Insight)
• Surroi: The clash between two majorities (Koha)


• Ian Bancroft: With North Kosovo the Only Obstacle is in Your Mind (Kosovo 2.0)
• Recession Looms for Western Balkans as Countries Respond to COVID-19 (miragenews.com)


• Number of confirmed coronavirus cases drops (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 29

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• Ten new cases of COVID-19, 31 recovered (media)
• Kurti: Tremendous progress against COVID-19, but we must not relax (media)
• Vitia: Relaxation of measures to be announced in coming days (RTK)
• Caretaker PM Kurti’s interview to Euronews Albania
• Mustafa: We have votes to form new government (media)
• By not making the letter for PM candidate public, Thaci is impeding the matter to reach the Constitutional Court (Koha)
• Hoti: Agreement expected tomorrow, AKR too will be part of govt (EO)
• Sources: Pacolli is in Prishtina, joins talk for government formation (Lajmi)
• Vitia speaks about Pacolli’s return to Kosovo (media)
• EULEX chief slams Pacolli’s claims on quarantine measures (Kallxo)

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