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Belgrade Media Report 15 May

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Vucic and Putin discuss bilateral relations, region, coronavirus epidemic (Beta/RTS)
Freedom House report unfounded and unsubstantiated (Tanjug)
Djuric: Yet another dangerous diversion by Pristina, charging again taxes on goods from Serbia proper (RTS)
Now they have finally confirmed that Kosovo is a NATO project (Tanjug/B92)
Borell: EU shares regional agenda with US (N1)
Europeans against independence of Kosovo (Politika)
Another 64 cases, 4,301 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Proposal for removal of foreign judges in B&H CC does not receive support (BHT1)
B&H Ministry of Finance and Treasury informs B&H CEC it rejects CEC’s request to finance 2020 local elections from current reserves (FTV)
B&H lifts ban on movement for minors and seniors (N1)
RS government adopts proposal of decision to abolish state of emergency in RS and forwards it to RS parliament (ATV)
B&H confirms 22 new Covid-19 cases and no deaths over the past 24 hours (N1)

Plenkovic: Parliamentary elections between 21 June and 12 July (HRT)
Jandrokovic formally proposes dissolution of Croatian Parliament (HRT)
Prime Minister lays wreath and lights candle in Macelj (HRT)
Croatia to open its borders to tourists (HRT)
In Croatia, only 1new case of infection, a total of 2,222; 1 person died (N1)

Markovic: Montenegro is exposed to brutal attack, you don’t have to love Montenegro, but you must respect it (CDM)
Cavor: Threatening stability as part of the opposition’s election campaign (Pobjeda)
26 policemen injured, 32 people detained in Niksic (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Constitutional Court lifts movement restriction for senior citizens, teenagers (MIA)
Mickoski: Infectious diseases committee to say if conditions are right for election (MIA/Telma TV)
The state of emergency in North Macedonia to be declared for the third time (Fokus)
In North Macedonia 17 new COVID-19 cases, 16 patients recover, 2 die (MIA)
Gerberich: ‘A mistake’ to ruin negotiations achievement by politicizing history (MIA)

Steady growth in number of daily cases disturbs Albania (ADN)


Bulgaria and Serbia Partially Opened Border Crossings for their Citizens (Novinite)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 15, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci: Constitutional Court to work independently, free of pressure (media)
• Mustafa and Lajcak agree resumption of dialogue is a priority (Klan)
• Mustafa: LDK focused for the dialogue with Serbia to start soon (Klan)
• Haradinaj: Governing program with LDK, in its final phase (Klan)
• Kosovo-Switzerland air travel to resume by 15 June (media)
• Kurti and Minxhozi discuss economic cooperation, Covid-19 pandemic (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Borell: EU shares regional agenda with US (N1)
• No new Covid-19 infection cases in north (Radio KIM)
• Vucic & Putin on mutual relations, region and fight against coronavirus (Beta, N1)
• Pristina reinstates taxes on flour from Serbia; Belgrade’s doctors turned back (Beta, N1)
• “Now they have finally confirmed that Kosovo is a NATO project” (B92)
• Kosovo Health Ministry: Serb doctors prevented from entering Kosovo due to unclear purpose of their visit (KoSSev)
• Doctors: We were not allowed to enter Kosovo, because we had Serbian documents only (TV Most)
• Over 200 medical workers from Kosovo await permission to visit Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja (KoSSev, Gazeta Express)
• Opposition Alliance for Serbia says it won’t recognize election results (BETA, N1)


• Will Serbia have to choose between China and the EU? (EWB)


• IMF Offers Emergency Support to the Balkans (imf.org)


• Kosovo families seek answers 21 years after Serb conflict (AP)
• ‘Until the last person is found, we will not be satisfied’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Pastrimi protests exclusion from emergency package (Prishtina Insight)
• First country in Europe to declare end of epidemic (B92)
• UNMIK donated aid packages in Gracanica municipality (KIM radio)
• Distribution of aid packages continues in Novo Brdo (Kosovo Online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 15

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• Health Institute confirms 18 new cases with COVID-19 (media)
• Acting PM Kurti says he will lead government until new elections (media)
• Thaci: US-guaranteed dialogue will result in mutual recognition (media)
• Haxhiu: Grenell wanted a quick agreement (Klan Kosova)
• Haziri: After Court’s ruling, we need 24 hours to form government (media)
• Osmani: For Serbia, road to EU should go through justice institutions (Zeri)
• Hoti: Over €1 billion in new govt’s economic recovery package (media)
• Kosovo has an international obligation to keep Specialist Chambers (Koha)
• Pacolli ironises with EU, Apostolova and Heldt reply (media)
• Beqaj: Going to new elections is legitimate (Koha)
• “EU & US should prevent Russian involvement” (media)

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