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Belgrade Media Report 27 May 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 27 May 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Serbia issues countermeasure against Montenegro’s decision: Montenegro Airline banned (Blic/B92)
Vucic: Montenegrins are our brothers, we have no one closer (B92)
Dacic: Montenegro’s behavior leading to conflicts (TV Prva/FoNet)
Dacic: Serbia committed to values of Adriatic-Ionian Initiative (RTS)
Djuric: International missions in Kosovo and Metohija to stop the wave of violence against Serbs (RTS)
Gojkovic discusses elections with Fajon, Bilcik (Beta)
Train with medical equipment from China arrives in Belgrade (Tanjug/RTS)
Another 48 cases, 6,277 recovered (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

SNSD officially submits motion with B&H CC for constitutional review of B&H CEC decision to postpone elections for November 15 (ATV)
Cvijanovic says she is surprised that there is no reaction of foreigners regarding the postponement of the elections (ATV)
Dodik: SNSD does not support postponement of elections; SNSD finds CEC illegitimate; SNSD Executive Committee is preparing for elections like if it will be held tomorrow (RTRS)
Stanivukovic: Opposition in RS is ready for elections (O kanal)
Radoncic: Elections are matter of political will; I do not think CEC was appointed legally (N1)
Colak: CEC’s decisions lead to expelling Croats from authorities in 2022 (Vecernji list)
Tegeltija, ministers Bevanda and Turkovic discuss current political and economic situation in B&H with EUSR Sattler (Dnevni avaz)
Cubrilovic receives request for special session on B&H HoR’s resolution on respect for victims of fascist regime (ATV)
Dodik: I expect RS parliament to reject resolution on respecting victims of Ustasha regime (RTRS)
Dodik: Decision of Montenegro not to open borders with B&H, Serbia attempt to solve internal political issues in this country (N1)
B&H sees spike in coronavirus cases as Tesanj becomes latest hotspot (N1/Fena)
Croatia

Oil deal document ignites political firestorm (Glas Hrvatske/Nacional)
No new cases of Covid-19 reported in Croatia (N1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic to Kurti: We wish our countries well, but it won’t happen to us if we don’t wish the same for our neighbors (CDM)
Montenegro Airlines says: Serbia remains part of our plans (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Spasovski: Elections as soon as possible needed to provide stable institutions (MIA)
Interview with the terrorist attackers on Kumanovo aired live on a Kosovo TV station (Republika)
Coronavirus curfew ends as of Wednesday, catering facilities to reopen on Thursday (MIA)
State quarantine replaced by home isolation, protocol for borders to be defined (MIA)
Talks underway with neighboring countries and EU over opening borders (MIA)
In North Macedonia 25 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed, 17 patients recovered, 3 people have died (Libertas)
Albania

Political Council decides about election dates (Radio Tirana)
Gjiknuri after Political Council meeting: Parties agreed on some of points proposed by the opposition (Radio Tirana)
Kim after meeting Basha: Discussion focused on future, not past (Radio Tirana)
Land borders with Kosovo expected to be opened on 1 June (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 21 cases confirmed positive with Covid-19 (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Kosovo leader Thaci rejects EU mediator for Serbia talks as Pristina wants increased US role in dialogue (RT/Reuters)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 27 May 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 27, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• EU rapporteur reacts to Thaci’s statement on Lajcak (media)
• “President doesn’t talk to Lajcak as he is openly against land swap” (Telegrafi)
• Haradinaj believes court will give right to other parties to form govt (Telegrafi)
• Miftaraj: President cannot play role of whistleblower (Koha)
• Borg Oliver: Not president’s role to form new govt (Kallxo/Prishtina Insight)
• Acting government considers Association/Community to be invalidated (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• One new case of Covid-19 infection in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Serb returnee in Klina physically assaulted and injured (Kosovo-online)
• House of returnee in Ljubozda village stoned (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: Pressure on Serbs will not stop, constant campaign of Albanian media (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Serbs in Kosovo most persecuted ethnic group in Europe (Kosovo-online)
• OSCE Mission condemns incident in Drenovcic village (Kosovo-online)
• Grenell’s ready: “Serious dialogue” between Belgrade and Pristina is expected (B92, Kosovo-online, Vecernje Novosti)

Opinions:

• Milacic: Why Serbia’s President chose Grenell over Merkel (Euractiv/Koha)

International:

• Grenell to join Trump campaign (Politico)
• Little love, as Berlin bids ‘auf Wiedersehen’ to Trumpism (EUobserver)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo: 92-year old woman alone in abandoned village (Al Jazeera, KoSSev)
• World Bank approves $100 mil loans to Serbia for curbing pandemic (BETA, N1)
• OpisMEDIJavanje: Think about where the media get their money from (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 27

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• Nine new cases of coronavirus confirmed (media)
• Kosovo President rejects EU mediator for talks with Serbia (Reuters)
• EU: Lajcak speaks on behalf of all member states (Lajmi)
• Kurti: We shouldn’t worry that protests will be violent (media)
• Kurti speaks to Djukanovic about Covid-19, dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Osmani: Dialogue with Serbia to be well-structured (media)
• Abbott: Constitutional Court decision to be respected by all (media)
• VV supporters with “performance” in Prishtina on Thursday (Indeksonline)
• Selimi: We will not remain silent to unfair decisions (Telegrafi)
• Haradinaj: Court will support Hoti government (media)
• LVV submits to CEC request for local elections in Podujeve (media)

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