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Belgrade Media Report 18 May 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 18 May 2020


Dacic: Serbia wants dialogue and peace and not hegemony over Montenegro (Tanjug)
Shieb: Change of borders would only open new problems instead of resolving them (Politika)
Joksimovic: Serbia expects to open new negotiation chapters (Tanjug)
Cucic: During the state of emergency there were 9,100 migrants in Serbia, now there are 7,700 (RTS/Beta)
Another 89 cases, recovered 4,799 (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H HoR puts Proposal of Resolution on Respect for the Victims of the Ustasha Regime on agenda but for Tuesday’s discussion (Hayat)
Mass for victims of Bleiburg served in Sarajevo (N1)
Dodik, Cvijanovic condemn serving of mass for Bleiburg victims (RTRS)
Genjac: Problem related to local elections in B&H getting bigger as time and deadlines are passing (N1)
Two protests held in Mostar – citizens request local elections to be finally held in this city (N1)
SDP: SDA and CEC obstruct elections (Dnevni avaz)
Inzko: One party could again block state level, other party is already blocking IMF money (Klix)
Dodik: Radoncic said that B&H Ambassador to Pakistan falsified entry visas for 3,000 Pakistani migrants (ATV)
B&H Covid-19 report (Nezavisne)

75th anniversary of Bleiburg tragedy marked in Bleiburg, Zagreb; Grlic Radman says that
Croatia will send protest note to CoE’s Commissioner Mijatovic (HRT)
Croatian parliament dissolved (N1)
Opposition parties gearing up for parliamentary elections (HRT)
SDP leader rejects idea of grand coalition with HDZ (HRT)
Downward trend in coronavirus cases in Croatia continues (HRT)

Serbia priests released from detention (Dan)
Amfilohije asks Markovic to set new date for the meeting: Expert dialogue instead of torture (Dan)
Nikolic: In the absence of vision and idea, opposition is desperate to postpone elections in Montenegro (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski did not comment on the statements from Serbia (Libertas)
Pendarovski declared a new state of emergency lasting 14 days (Libertas)
Decisions to lift restrictive measures based on experts’ opinions, says Spasovski (MIA)
As party leaders meet, VMRO says it will oppose holding elections before it is safe to vote (Republika)
Osmani: DUI in favor of holding elections only if conditions are met (Republika)
There will be no quarantine once the borders open (Republika)
Another 25 cases of Covid-19 in North Macedonia, a total of 1,817 diagnosed, 8 recovered, 3 died (MIA)

Albanian National Theatre demolished in early morning hours (Tirana Times)
MEPs and German Ambassador condemn demolition of National Theatre (Tirana Times)
Only 2 new cases in 24 hours in Albania (Tirana Times)


All four planes with Russian troops return from Serbia (TASS)
Montenegro: Coronavirus ban feeds clash between state and Serbian Orthodox Church (DW)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 18, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 18, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti says signed documents in Berlin don’t constitute agreement (Koha)
• U.S. Embassy calls on parties to refrain from politicised rhetoric (media)
• Kosovo Assembly to hold plenary session on 4 June (Indeksonline)
• EU negotiating mandate extension for its rule of law mission in Kosovo (RFE)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo not to delay reopening of economy (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• No new cases of Covid-19 infection in north, four persons cured (Kosovo-online)
• The official start of classes in primary schools is expected on June 1 (Kontakt plus radio)
• Radovic: Taxi associations in north will start working as of June 1 (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• War crimes’ trials in Kosovo still at beginning (KoSSev)
• UNS: Serbian List to apologize to journalist Budimir Nicic (KoSSev)
• Vucic: If situation with coronavirus epidemic worsens, elections won’t be priority (N1, RTS)


• Serbian President: Skopje betrayed Serbia on Kosovo to impress Germany (greekcitytimes.com)


• WHO Assembly is scheduled for today, the main topic will be the COVID-19 pandemic (B92)
• UNICEF calls for greater inclusion of children with disabilities (media)
• Kosovo enters second phase of lockdown restrictions (Prishtina Insight)
• Media Literacy Project: Young journalists rarely have the opportunity to work in professional newsrooms (KoSSev)
• Belgrade airport opens, passengers to come three hours ahead of departure (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 18

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• Health Institute: Seven new cases of coronavirus (media)
• Kosovo begins second stage of easing lockdown measures (media)
• Govt allocates €10 million to implement emergency fiscal package (media)
• Kurti: Thaci not comfortable in his seat, wants to increase powers (T7/RTK)
• Govt reacts to Haziri: Kurti and ministers not on U.S. visa blacklist (media)
• Specialist chambers continue work during coronavirus pandemic (Koha)
• Tahiri: Kosovo not ready for final phase of dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Kosovo condemns plans to build a church at Batajnica mass grave site (media)
• Kurti: Discrimination has no place in our society (media)
• Thaci: New mechanisms to address concerns of LGBTIQ community (media)
• EULEX chief: Phobias have no place in our societies (media)

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