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Belgrade Media Report 28 May

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Vucic: No announcements at launching dialogue, no deadlines either (RTV/Tanjug)
Dacic: Kosovo and Metohija issue of highest national interest and biggest political-security challenge (RTS)
Borrell: EU facilitation of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue has no alternative (FoNet)
Russian Ambassador calls for respect of UN SC resolution 1244 on Kosovo (Sputnik/N1)
Another 25 cases, 6,438 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

OSCE Mission to B&H: Adopt budget of B&H or adopt special decision on financing of the elections (Dnevni list)
Source claims Dodik’s announcement on upcoming cooperation of parties in local elections caused discontent in some municipalities and towns (EuroBlic)
Registration of military property (ATV)
SIPA temporarily seizes mobile phone of FB&H PM Novalic within investigation on affair ‘Respirators’ (N1)
EU and US Embassy in B&H: IMF funds should be immediately unblocked (N1)
Issue of IMF funds (Hayat/Glas Srpske/BHT1)
B&H’s Tesanj cluster grows as authorities record 28 new Covid-19 cases (N1)

Plenkovic: No way anyone monitors journalists’ correspondence (Hina)
In Croatia, one new case of infection, a total of 2245, one person died (N1)

Prime Minister: Our decision concerning borders is not political, it’s based on epidemic standards (CDM)
Markovic: I didn’t order arrest of Joanikije and other priests (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: Parties engage in talks, still no consensus on election date (MIA)
Milevski: LDP backs 5 July as election date (MIA)
Covid-19: 38 new cases in North Macedonia, 16 patients recover, 3 die (MIA)

DP Leader pledges to conclude electoral reform by 31 May (ADN)
Borchardt urges all parties to find constructive compromises and finalize electoral reform (Radio Tirana)
Electoral reform/Intensive meetings of Ambassador Kim with Speaker Ruci and the Political Council members (Radio Tirana)
Covid-19 cases surge in Tirana (Radio Tirana)


Lukashenko thanks Serbian ambassador for efforts to develop cooperation with Belarus (BelTA)
Montenegro and Serbia set to begin Frontex cooperation amid deepening border row (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 28, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti responds to Thaci’s statements, calls them “lies” (media)
• Prosecution gathering information into Thaci’s allegations (Kallxo)
• Kurti: Old regime’s time is over (media)
• Kurti, Ahmeti discuss Covid-19 management efforts (media)
• “Contour Global” seeks over €20 mil in compensation from Kosovo govt (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Kosovo North: No new cases, cured and deceased in the last 24 hours (Kontakt plus radio)
• Dacic: ”Protection of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija is an important and long-term goal of Serbia” (media)
• Russian ambassador calls for respect of UN SC resolution 1244 on Kosovo (Srna, N1)
• Palmer: US doesn’t support stability at expense of democracy in Serbia (VOA, N1)
• Bilcik supports Lajcak, Vogel thinks he is the wrong man for the dialogue (Beta, Euractiv, KoSSev)
• Serbian cultural and religious heritage in Kosovo a sovereignty issue for both Belgrade and Pristina (KoSSev)
• Covic: In political sense, coronavirus helped some put on or take off their masks (RTS)
• Jevtic met Risi, discussed frequent attacks against Serbs in Kosovo (TV Most)
• Two decades since murder of 4-year old boy and two more Serbs in Cernica village (Radio kontakt plus)


• Court Ruling May Deepen Divisions in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)


• The heroine mother (UNICEF)
• Kon: Serbia on way out of epidemic (B92)
• WHO office chief says pandemic under control in Serbia (N1, Nedeljnik)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 28

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• Only one new confirmed case of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s interview to TV Dukagjini
• Borrell: No way around EU-facilitated dialogue (media)
• Palmer: U.S. does not take sides in Kosovo (media)
• Stano: Kosovo-Serbia agreement to be acceptable for the region (Telegrafi)
• Kurti speaks on the phone to Slovenian PM, Jansa (media)
• Abazi: Thaci’s statement, pure lie (Klan Kosova)
• Haxhiu: We will file charges against Thaci tomorrow (media)
• Konjufca to meet Austrian Minister for Europe at Pristina Airport (media)
• Swiss embassy believes authorities will continue to respect Constitution (media)
• Nagavci: Protest, result of people’s pressure (media)
• Quni: KSF has no limitations to go the north (media)
• Op-ed: There is only one Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Prishtina Insight)
• Osmani: Participation of women in politics achieves sustainable development (Koha)

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