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Belgrade Media Report 4 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 4 June 2020


Vucic: There hasn’t been solidarity during coronavirus pandemic (Beta)
Brnabic: I hope the new government in Pristina will not conduct a populist policy (RTS)
Djuric: Serbs expect the new government in Pristina to end pressures, taxes and blockades (RTS)
Drecun on new Pristina government: Words promise, but deeds speak (RTS)
Agreements for strengthening energy cooperation between Serbia, Hungary (Tanjug)
Another 48 cases, 6,910 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

PIC SB: Reforms in judiciary, rule of law and fight against corruption top priority (O kanal)
Russia refuses to support PIC SB’s Communiqué (ATV)
Dodik: PIC is artificial body aimed at triggering international crime by HR through violation of DPA (ATV)
HJPC B&H harshly condemns pressure against B&H Prosecutor’s Office (BHT1)
Opposition parties in FB&H say they will cast vote of no-confidence in FB&H government before FB&H HoR in July (Dnevni avaz)
Crnadak interviewed in regards to visas issued to citizens of Pakistan by B&H Embassy (BHT1)
Dodik: SNSD will not support new Security Minister if some conditions are not met (ATV)
Resignation of Radoncic and withdrawal of SBB from authorities can affect SC and TC authorities (O kanal)
330 million Euros paid to sub-accounts of entity and Brcko District Ministries of Finance (ATV)
B&H records spike in new coronavirus cases, two more Covid-19 deaths (N1)

Croatia ready for second wave of Covid-19 (HRT)
In Croatia, one new case of coronavirus infection, a total of 2247 (N1/Hina/Jutarnji list)

Citizens of Serbia will be allowed to enter Montenegro when number of coronavirus drops to 2000 (CDM)
Airports of Montenegro officially opened, but no traffic (TMN)
Republic of North Macedonia

Filipche: Gatherings, non-observance of measures, failure to punish violators – reasons for hike in cases and curfew reinstatement (MIA)
Thaci: Irresponsibility of Osmani and Islamic religious community is the main culprit for this situation (Republika)
Clauss: Elections in North Macedonia to affect position of some EU member states (MIA)
Extended weekend lockdown in Skopje, Shtip, Kumanovo and Tetovo (MIA)
Entry in Macedonia upon presenting negative PCR test or mandatory 14-day state (MIA)
Covid-19: 120 new cases in North Macedonia, 16 recovered, 2 die (MIA)

Electoral Reform/ The majority said “Yes”, now it is the turn of the opposition (Radio Tirana)
Kim leading Electoral Reform negotiations (Tirana Times)
Gov’t and opposition united towards EU Integration (Tirana Times)
In Albania 13 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)


Serbia adopts anti-Semitism definition including anti-Israel hate (The Times of Israel)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 4, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 4, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo government holds first meeting under Hoti’s lead (media)
• Heldt: Standards set by previous government to be maintained (media)
• French Embassy congratulates Hoti on election as prime minister (media)
• Mustafa to Osmani and Kurti: Your coordinated actions bore no fruit (media)
• Border changes, war crimes amnesty not expected to be on table of talks (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian List: New government will revoke tariffs and “reciprocity measures” (Radio KIM)
• Djuric: Revoking tariffs first test of new Kosovo government (Kosovo-online)
• RFE: Serbia ceased campaign against Kosovo (N1)
• LDK and Serbian List coalition agreement does not mention ZSO (Radio KIM)
• Families of missing persons ask Serbian List why it has forgotten them (Kosovo-online, Tanjug)
• Dacic: It is not up to EU to determine what would be result of dialogue (Tanjug)
• Milorad Zajic acquitted of war crimes charges (Radio KIM)
• Trucks at Jarinje halted since Sunday; those transporting foreign goods enter Kosovo (RTS)
• Xharra on new Kosovo government, Serbian List and deal with Serbia (KoSSev)
• Spahiu, Stojanovic comment on new Kosovo government (Sputnik, Kosovo-online)
• No new Covid-19 infection cases in Serb areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)


• An assault on freedom of expression (Prishtina Insight)


• Lynch Mob’ Campaign Against Kosovo Rights Activist Condemned (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Activist to Sue Presidential Bodyguards Over Alleged Attack (Balkan Insight)


• Pandemic Brings Even Tougher Times for Kosovo Arts Scene (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 4

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• 19 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Former PM: I cannot do the handover to a person I dismissed (media)
• President Thaci: Kurti to release usurped offices as soon as possible (media)
• Osmani: New government doesn’t represent the citizens’ will (media)
• EP Rapporteur comments on Kosovo government vote (media)
• Thaci responds to allegations of influencing MPs vote (media)
• Ahmeti: Unheard for a president go and convince MPs how to vote (Telegrafi)
• Thaci: I will not go to Brussels for dialogue with Lajcak (T7)
• Lajcak: We expect close cooperation on EU-facilitated dialogue (media)
• British Embassy commends peaceful formation of new government (media)
• Austrian Chancellor: We will continue to support Kosovo (media)
• Albanian PM Rama congratulates new government (media)
• Kusari: High-ranking officials confirmed Thaci is negotiating land swap (T7)
• Latifi: Thaci will sign agreement with Serbia, Hoti govt will implement it (media)
• Serwer: Kosovo’s new government is ill-fated (Peacefare.net/Prishtina Insight)
• Trucks come in from Serbia bearing “Republic of Kosovo” papers (Koha)

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