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Belgrade Media Report 14 May 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 14 May 2020


Vucic: There is not any kind of solution on the table regarding the issue of Kosovo and Metohija (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic: We do not understand reasons for detaining Bishops (Tanjug/B92)
SPC Holy Synod called upon authorities in Montenegro to stop persecuting the Church (RTS/Tanjug/NSPM)
Ljajic: 18.5 million Euros of goods exported to Kosovo (TV Pink/FoNet)
Pristina bans Serbian doctors and nurses from entering Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
Obradovic requests from police to be allowed visits while on hunger strike (Beta/RTV)
Another 79 cases, 4,084 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Bishops’ Conference rejects all unjust insinuations regarding Holy Mass for Bleiburg in Sarajevo (FTV)
Covic: Mass is not act of hatred nor extremism (FTV)
Dzaferovic: If one is to pray for anything in Sarajevo, then one will pray for victims of Ustasha regime (O kanal)
Dodik: Holy mass is attempt to rehabilitate Ustasha movement (RTRS)
Sattler: Every religious community has right to organize religious ceremonies, but they have to secure that these are not politically abused (Dnevni avaz)
Doboj registers increase in number of COVID-19 cases; Doboj District Prosecutor’s Office launches investigation (BHT1)
B&H gets loan from World Bank worth 33.1 million Euros for prevention and fight against COVID-19 (O kanal/BHT1)
Riot of large number of migrants in Lipa migrant camp (ATV)
B&H Covid-19 tally over 2,200, 39 new cases reported on Thursday (N1)

Grlic Radman sends message of support to Cardinal Puljic (Fenix magazine)
World Jewish Congress condemns plans to hold masses honouring Bleiburg events (N1)
33rd Croatian Contingent leaves for Kosovo (Hina)
EC publishes recommendations for opening borders (Hina)
Croatia has 8 new Covid-19 cases bringing the tally to 2.221 (N1)

Police used tear gas to break up protest in Niksic (Vijesti)
No more COVID-19 patients in Podgorica (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Infectious diseases committee drafts protocol on election process activities (MIA)
Zaev: Election date will be set next week (MIA/TV Telma)
Health Minister: We’ll request extension of state of emergency in North Macedonia (MIA)
In North Macedonia 29 new COVID-19 cases, 6 patients recover (MIA)

Rama rejects opposition’s proposal for transitional gov’t (Tirana Times)
Political Council gathers to discuss Electoral Reform (Radio Tirana)
Coronavirus infection in Albania jumps to 18 in the last 24 hrs (Radio Tirana)


Head of Office of Kosovo and Metohija: Serbs and Albanians should decide on Kosovo fate (TASS)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 14, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 14, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Let’s make sure we don’t lose the match in the last minutes (media)
• Public Health Institute appeals for caution (media)
• Malisheva receives donation from UN Mission in Kosovo (media)
• Konjufca: LDK brought down LVV-led govt as it was fighting corruption (Koha)
• Maas: Games with borders lead to dead end, delay solution (Express)
• Pacolli: Forming new government would be anti-constitutional (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• One person positive of coronavirus in northern Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Non-majority communities’ problems with the package of measures of the Government of Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Office for KiM: 20 healthcare workers prevented to enter Kosovo (KoSSev)
• President Vucic denies claims of talks to recognize Kosovo (N1)
• Pristina sees thousands ‘cleansed’ Albanians in southern Serbia, who never lived there (Sputnik)
• EC ready to include Western Balkans into plans on opening borders (Beta, N1)
• Serbian trade minister says 18.5 million Euro of goods exported to Kosovo (FoNet, N1)
• Serbian Government replies to Freedom House – report full of contradictions (FoNet, N1, RTS)


• Head of Office of Kosovo and Metohija: Serbs and Albanians should decide on Kosovo fate (TASS)
• Kosovo Activists to Continue ‘Rehearsing’ Protests Despite Movement Restrictions (Balkan Insight)
• Wildly Wrong: North Macedonia’s Population Mystery (Balkan Insight)


• Reports of domestic violence increase in 2020 (Prishtina Insight)
• Kosovo Businesses Complain Government’s Support Package Falls Short (Balkan Insight)
• Rakic received UNMIK delegation, thanked them for delivered aid (Radio Mitrovica Sever)
• UNMIK donates aid to Ranilug municipality (RTV Puls)
• Strpce, to whom does the land by the river belong? (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 14

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• Health Institute confirms 8 new cases with COVID-19 (media)
• A group of doctors from Serbia not allowed entry to Kosovo (Kallxo)
• Abazi: Grenell has insufficient info about Kosovo-Serbia relations (Telegrafi)
• Konjufca: Serbia’s discriminatory approach to Kosovo (media)
• Civil society against Kosovo-Serbia agreement ending up at SC (Koha)
• Kurti: We do not encourage gatherings (media)
• Police: Protests allowed if in line with health recommendations (media)
• LDK: Mock protest, tendency for state capture (Telegrafi)
• Hoti: New government will promote institutional standards (media)
• PDK’s Haliti: PDK and LDK should have formed a coalition (KTV)

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