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Belgrade Media Report 13 May

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Vucic and Partiarch Irinej express concern over Bishop’s arrest in Montenegro (B92/RTS)
Dacic: Opening borders is not a unilateral decision (RTS)
Entry into Serbia with negative PCR test or self-isolation (Tanjug/RTS/B92)
Martinovic ends hunger strike (Beta)
Obradovic: Police and prosecutors haven’t contacted me yet (Beta/N1)
Another 52 cases, 3,824 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: SNSD agrees CoM should approve funds for holding of local elections; Elections should be held (RTRS)
Sarovic expects local elections in B&H to be postponed for November (Glas Srpske)
Izetbegovic: Bosniaks will not make any more concessions in Mostar (N1/Dnevni list)
Kavazovic on announced mass for Bleiburg victims: Organizer of this event is parliament of Croatia (Hayat/VoA)
Radoncic: Huge voice of reason amid political cacophony (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik: Holy mass for Bleiburg in Sarajevo is unacceptable (ATV)
Tourist Organization of Bihac City films video at location of Garavice scaffold that sparks strong reactions in RS (RTRS)
Minister Bevanda meets UN Resident Coordinator in B&H Macdonald (Dnevni list)
Ambassador Nelson interview (EuroBlic)
B&H Covid-19 update: 24 new cases and 2 more deaths (N1)

Plenkovic: Electoral Commission responsible for election (Hina)
Bandic says not likely to support dissolution of parliament without Law on Zagreb (Hina)
EU defense ministers discuss impact of COVID-19 (HRT)
Croatia COVID-19 update: 1,834 have recovered from the coronavirus (HRT)

Joanikije and other seven priests ordered to be detained for up to 72 hours (CDM)
Coronavirus recovery rates in Montenegro rising, no new infections reported today (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: Party leaders discussed several election dates (MIA)
Mickoski: Election date to be set only after infectious diseases committee is consulted (MIA)
No elections without OSCE/ODIHR observation mission, says Sela (MIA)
Kasami: BESA will support every consensual decision regarding election (MIA)
Spasovski: Election deadlines to be reinstated once state of emergency is over (MIA)
President’s Office: Party leaders to meet again next week to discuss further steps (MIA)
Government unveils three-phase plan to ease coronavirus restrictions (MIA)
North Macedonia gets access to EU Solidarity Fund (MIA)
In North Macedonia 20 new COVID-19 cases, 24 patients recover, 3 die (MIA)

Edi Rama for N1: The best ideas for the future of Europe are in the Balkans (N1)
Albania and Kosovo to unify embassy and consulate offices (Radio Tirana)
Four new cases of COVID-19 in Albania (Radio Tirana)


Russia’s assistance was of great moral importance for Serbia, says politician (TASS)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 13, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Government remains in duty until new elections (Klan)
• Government dismisses civil aviation director (media)
• Berisha was not discharged for signing Pristina-Belgrade airline agreement (RTK)
• Lajcak discusses resumption of dialogue with Osmani (Express)
• Kurti vows to turn old Pristina airport into a customs terminals (media)
• Kurti gives three minutes time to Ministers reporting on 100 days of government (RTK)
• Haxhiu makes the first step towards establishment of a War Crimes Institute (Koha)
• PDK presents “100 failures during the 100 days of Kurti’s government” (RTK)
• Gjilan receives food and hygiene packages from UN mission (Media)
• NATO report: Kosovo according to Russian Sputnik in Serbia (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• No new cases, six cured in the last 24 hours in northern Kosovo (Kontakt plus)
• Ministry for Returns and KFOR: It is necessary that entire society condemns incidents (RTS)
• Belgrade and Pristina will talk about territory swap, media say (N1, RTK2)
• Edi Rama to N1: The best ideas for the future of Europe are in the Balkans
• Serbia opens borders with four countries on June 1st (media)
• Djuric: ”A campaign of hatred is being waged against Serbian health workers” (RTS, TV Most)
• UNS and its branch in Kosovo: Albanian media not to call for lynching of RTK2 journalist (Radio kontakt plus)


• Restoring civil liberties after COVID-19 (Prishtina Insight)
• The Western Balkans between the EU, NATO, Russia and China (ETHZurich)


• Russia’s assistance was of great moral importance for Serbia, says politician (TASS)


• Central, Eastern European Countries Maintain Tough Travel Restrictions (Balkan Insight)
• Chinese lab boosts Serbia’s coronavirus testing capacity (Reuters)
• UNMIK donation for most vulnerable people in Novo Brdo municipality (Kosovo-online portal)
• When Home Is Not The Safest Place (Halotrust)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 13

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• Health Institute confirms 24 new cases with COVID-19 (media)
• Prishtina Mayor: Lack of caution may delay relaxation of measures (media)
• CEB approves €35 million to Kosovo to support emergency health care (Koha)
• “US could put pressure on Kosovo for Russia to join dialogue” (Koha)
• Le Figaro: Thaci and Vucic discussed land swap in Washington meeting (Kallxo)
• Osmani to Court: Declare Thaci’s decree as anti-constitutional (Express)
• Mustafa warns Osmani of consequences (media)
• Haziri: Osmani should have remained neutral to Thaci’s decree (Koha)
• Mustafa: Not up to Kurti to send complaints to internationals (RTK/Klan)
• Bajrami: I’d advise Thaci to announce new elections after pandemic (media)

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