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Belgrade Media Report 30 April

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Vucic: We may lift the state of emergency next week, curfew Thursday through Saturday (RTS/B92)
Serbian parliament confirms Decision on Declaring a State of Emergency (RTV/Tanjug)
Brnabic labels opposition MPs as cowards and liars (FoNet)
Gojkovic throws DJB MPs out of Serbian parliament (Beta)
EU High Representative wants Kosovo dialogue resumed soon (N1)
Ban on movement from today at 6pm until Saturday at 5am (Tanjug/RTS/B92/Beta)
Another 285 cases, 1,343 recovered patients (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Viskovic: I am afraid that we are paying the price of events during Easter (Nezavisne)
Tegeltija criticizes FB&H for relaxing measures against spread of coronavirus (EuroBlic)
FB&H and RS do not respond to B&H Presidency’s request for harmonization of protective measures (BHT1)
Irregularities in process of procurement of ventilators in FB&H continue to spark reactions, US Embassy to B&H concerned about corruption in process of public procurement (N1)
EU secures 3.3 billion Euros for Western Balkans (N1)
Sattler meets Covic, discuss mitigation of consequences of pandemic, local elections, Mostar elections, EU integration (Hayat)
Dodik: IMF funds are blocked because Bosniaks are not sticking to the agreement (Vecernji list)
B&H Security Ministry: Entities cannot reach decisions about borders; Minister Radoncic instructed Border Police not to execute orders of RS Crisis HQ (Dnevni avaz)
Nelson: B&H must demonstrate reasonable plan when it comes to EU path (Hayat)
B&H CEC to discuss problems with organizing local elections on Thursday; Radmanovic: CEC members appointed unlawfully (RTRS)
All quarantines in ZDC closed, 200 citizens who returned from abroad test negative for COVID-19 (N1)
Another spike in B&H’s Covid-19 cases, four more deaths (N1)

Divjak: Only healthy students will be allowed back when elementary schools reopen May 11 (Hina)
In Croatia, 14 new infections, 2.076 in total, 2 more died (N1)

One person from Podgorica tests positive for coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

VMRO says “no” to having “corona elections” while Macedonia has the highest death rate in the Balkans (Republika)
Pisonero: Negotiating framework for North Macedonia expected in June (MIA)
Western Balkans’ leaders meeting: EU reinforces support to address COVID-19 crisis and outlines proposal for post-pandemic recovery (MIA)
President Pendarovski won’t say whether he agrees with his adviser Maleski’s claim that the Macedonian history was falsified (Republika)
In North Macedonia 111 patients have recovered, 23 new cases and 4 more died (Libertas)

WB: A severe recession is expected in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro (Radio Tirana)
More Covid-19 infections in Albania (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 30, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• LDK, NISMA reach coalition agreement (media)
• Thaci: International silence created amnesty for Serbia’s crimes (media)
• Sources: Pacolli to arrive in Kosovo today (Koha)
• Prishtina Mayor calls on leaders to set aside differences (media)
• LDK leader reacts to Svecla’s remarks (media)
• Abazi: Parties, especially LDK, must distance themselves from Thaci (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• New incident against Serb community in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• SL: Passivity of police and lack of responsibility among Albanian leaders and international community concerning (Kosovo-online)
• Five new cases of Covid-19 infection in north, four persons cured (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: We may lift the state of emergency next week; The unstable situation in Kosovo does not suit Serbia (B92, RTS, Kontakt plus radio)
• EU High Representative Borell wants Kosovo dialogue resumed soon (N1)
• Serbian Trade Minister says 16 million Euro in goods shipped to Kosovo (Blic, N1)
• “KEK will no longer drill holes without consent of Kuzmin residents” (Radio KIM)
• CoE SecGen warns against media restrictions during pandemic (N1)
• Media: Curfew in Serbia from 6 pm on Thursday, April 30 to 5 am on Saturday May 2 (B92)
• Delevic: Special Prosecution indicted five persons (Radio Kosovska Mitrovica)


• Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap Deal Risks Destabilizing the Balkans, Researchers Group Warns (exit.al)
• The dialogue between two people will continue, and not two societies (KIM radio)
• Why Serbia’s President Vucic chose Richard Grenell over Angela Merkel (EurActiv)


• COVID-Related Boom Reveals Video Conferencing’s Dark Side (Balkan Insight)


• UNFPA and UN Women continue offering support to victims of gender-based violence (Radio KIM)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 30

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• Covid-19: Nine new cases, 17 recoveries (media)
• Kurti and Risi discuss security situation, Covid-19 response (media)
• Svecla: Thaci travelled to Albania by disregarding state protocol (media)
• Thaci says he did not bring Pacolli, calls LVV a criminal organization (TV Dukagjini)
• Kurti responds to Thaci, invites him to a televised debate (media)
• Scenario to vote new government when court is on a day off (Koha)
• Mustafa responds to Thaci, says he will send the name of PM candidate soon (RTK)
• LDK reaches agreement for coalition with NISMA (Klan)
• Hoti: SL will have as much participation as in Kurti’s government (RTK)
• LVV says MP Etem Arifi’s vote cannot be counted on (media)
• Haradinaj: I don’t think Kurti plans to keep PM’s post by force (Telegrafi)
• Surroi: There will be no new government (Koha/Telegrafi)

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