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Belgrade Media Report 19 May

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Brnabic: Montenegrin officials have so far not been open to talk (Tanjug/RTV/B92)
Vucic: Serbia agrees to open borders on 1 June (RTS/Tanjug)
Dacic: Importance of regional cooperation during coronavirus pandemic (Tanjug/RTS)
Djuric: Kurti is afraid of Vucic (FoNet/TV Pink)
Jeremic: 21 June elections uncertain, boycott to last until fair conditions are ensured (Beta)
Godfrey:Everyone should take part in Serbia’s June elections; solution to Kosovo issueonly if both sides want it (TV Prva/Beta/RTV)
Fajon: Image of Serbia not good (N1)
Another 34 cases, 4,904 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Political parties in the RS launch several initiatives to lift curfew (N1)
Tegeltija confirms opening of B&H borders on 1 June (O kanal)
Tegeltija calls on B&H CEC to do its job, stressing that funds to finance elections will be ensured by competent authorities (N1)
SDA calls on B&H CoM to act in line with conclusion of B&H Presidency and prepare budget as soon as possible (Glas Srpske)
Radoncic: It would not be bad to merge local and general elections in two years (Vecernji list)
Radmanovic: There is no parliamentary majority to support proposal of law on appointment of foreign judges at B&H CC in B&H HoR (RTRS)
EU might postpone presentation of enlargement package for October, in order to present it simultaneously with economic investment plan for WB region (Nezavisne)
Radoncic: I will not allow opening of a new migrant camp in Sarajevo (N1)
B&H Ambassador to Pakistan Foric: I did not falsify visas for the Pakistanis, I expect apology from Dodik and Radoncic (Dnevni list)
B&H confirms 19 new Covid-19 cases and 1 death (N1)

In Croatia, 4 new cases of infection, a total of 2232, 1 person died (N1)

Two years of office: President’s public address (CDM)
Djukanovic: Enough of the Serbian Orthodox Church circus (CDM)
Democratic Front won’t boycott the elections (Pobjeda)
Montenegro halfway to the end of the epidemic (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Leaders’ meeting: No agreement on election date (MIA)
Zaev: Elections should be held on 21 June (MIA)
Mickoski: VMRO-DPMNE proposed August 23 and 30, September 13 as possible election dates (MIA)
Gashi and Sela favor 26 July elections (MIA)
Ahmeti: Election date must be set by consensus; people’s health is top priority (MIA)
Kasami: Election date to be determined after state of emergency ends (MIA)
No outcome of second leaders’ meeting means use of defined timelines, says Zaev (MIA)
Spasovski: The date for holding elections has been determined since the adoption of the Decree having the force of law to stop all election activities (Republika/TV Klan)
Covid-19: 22 new confirmed cases, 50 patients recovered, 2 died (MIA)

Citizens gather in protest against demolition of National Theatre (Tirana Times)
Gjiknuri makes an appeal to the opposition to carry on the negotiations for the electoral reform and take their role (Radio Tirana)
Basha informs on topics discussed with ambassadors (ADN)
UN team in Albania expresses concern following the tensions triggered by the collapse of TK! (Radio Tirana)
Only 1 new COVID-19 case in Albania (Tirana Times)


Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece Agree on Travel Without Quarantine (BTA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 19, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• “Talks to resume as soon as possible” (Lajmi)
• Albania to open border with Kosovo this month (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• Fifth day in a row no new Covid-19 infection cases in Serb-majority areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Godfrey: The solution for Kosovo can only be an agreement between the two sides (Kosovo Online, TV Prva)
• Djuric: Kosovo PM fears resumption of talks with Serbia’s Vucic (FoNet, N1)
• Serbian PM Brnabic: Crisis Staff today on possibility of opening administrative crossings with Kosovo (Tanjug, B92)
• Godfrey: Everyone should take part in June elections in Serbia (BETA, N1)


• What happened with Metohija? (KoSSev)
• WWII Commemoration Dispute Shows Balkan Weaknesses and Strengths (Balkan Insight)


• China on the Sideline as Japan Plays Bigger Role in Kosovo (thediplomat.com)
• Not just apps: privacy, personal data and COVID-19 in the western Balkans (balcanicaucaso.org)


• OpisMEDIJavanje: You have the right to know what the institutions are doing (KoSSev)
• UNMIK donation distributed in Klokot municipality (Kosovo-online)
• Kawasaki syndrome in children also appeared in Serbia after the coronavirus (B92, Sputnik)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 19

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• Three new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours (media)
• Kurti: Grenell wants deal with Serbia by September (media)
• Burns: US and EU to preserve Kosovo territorial integrity (media)
• Osmani: Russia’s involvement in talks, a step backwards (media)
• Kurti: Productive phone call with Lajcak (media)
• Selimi: LDK and partners continuing to keep Assembly hostage (Klan Kosova)
• Hamza: LVV blocking Assembly’s work (Ekonomia Online)
• Ahmeti: MPs don’t deserve full salary, failed to meet during pandemic (Kallxo)
• Haxhiu: Ministry of Justice to support victims’ safe houses (media)

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