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Belgrade Media Report 22 Jun

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LOCAL PRESS

RIK: 62.73 percent of the electorate processed, 3 lists passed the threshold (Tanjug/B92/RTS)
Votes from Kosovo and Metohija delivered to Vranje (RTS)
Ipsos, CeSID: 93.2% of the votes processed: A convincing victory of SNS (B92)
Vucic declares victory; “More than two million votes” (B92)
Dacic: Absolute winner are SNS and Vucic; we are vice champions (Nova)
Sapic: We have made an extraordinary result (RTS)
Pastor: Historical success (RTS)
Reactions of heads of election lists to election results (RTS)
Djilas: Boycott successful, government won’t have legitimacy (Beta)
Jovanovic: Mass boycott in Belgrade, turnout some 35 pct (N1)
Cajetina municipality remains opposition-held after Sunday’s vote (Beta)
Elections in Belgrade: Changes in several municipalities (Novosti/B92)
Gratitude to Mexico for its principled position on Kosovo issue (Tanjug)
Another 96 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik and Cubrilovic say strong Serbia is guarantee of existence and survival of RS (ATV)
Izetbegovic: Elections will take place in autumn (Glas Srpske)
Prutina’s statement regarding possible further postponement of elections sparks reactions of RS officials (ATV)
B&H politicians comment on SDA-HDZ B&H agreement regarding Mostar (Nezavisne novine)
Radoncic: Neither Izetbegovic nor Covic should take agreement on Mostar as personal success (Face TV)
Dodik: Serbia has clear approach to Kosovo issue and UN Resolution 1244 will be rehabilitated (ATV)
Cvijanovic: Lavrov knows situation very well and we are grateful to Russia which is dedicated to DPA (Glas Srpske)
Salkic: None will be able to erase Bosniaks in the RS and Serb representatives should understand this (Fena)
Bijeljina City Assembly: SNSD takes over posts, SDS loses power after 30 years (FTV)
Radoncic: We expect from IC to put pressure on Dodik and Covic so that issue of illegal migrants is no longer issue for Bosniaks solely (Face TV)
Sattler: Burden of migrant crisis should be borne by all in B&H (Hayat)
PCR tests done in B&H not recognized in the EU (BHT1)
Turkovic: B&H CoM to discuss travel restrictions for neighboring countries in July, Slovenia’s restrictions for B&H citizens are confusing (Glas Srpske)
B&H sees surge in new coronavirus infections, with 93 cases recorded in a day (N1)
Croatia

Croatia tightens border controls with B&H and Serbia (Hina/Jutarnji list)
Bozinovic: Most of new cases of Coronavirus were imported (HRT1)
Croatian President begins two-week foreign tour on Monday (Hina)
Croatia reports 19 new Covid-19 cases, a total of 2,336 (N1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: There’s no compromise with nationalists (CDM)
Parliamentary and local elections scheduled for 30 August, decided Djukanovic (CDM)
Coronavirus in Montenegro on the rise (CDM)
Erakovic: The situation will get worse if we don’t accept the fact that the virus is there (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

State of emergency expires in North Macedonia, election campaign to be launched Wednesday (MIA)
Zaev: DUI going into opposition after 17 years is healthy for country (MIA)
In North Macedonia 90 new cases of Covid-19, 48 recovered, 9 people died (Libertas)
Albania

Tirana International Airport resumes all flights; sea borders also reopen (Tirana Times)
Montenegro is closing its land border with Albania due to the upward trend of infected (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 33 new COVID-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia holds parliamentary elections amidst COVID-19 risk (Xinhua)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 22, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Presidents Thaci, Vucic to lead delegations in Washington (Indeksonline)
• Collaku: Economy and other issues that may arise to be discussed at White House (RFE)
• Hoti’s cabinet: Mainly economic issues to be discussed in Washington (Klan)
• Kosovo-Serbia final agreement to go through four stops (Klan Kosova)
• Competition between EU and U.S. on Kosovo-Serbia agreement (Koha)
• Weber: Kosovo and Serbia could get closer to final agreement by end of year (media)
• Serbian man sentenced to 22 years in prison for war crimes (media)
• One more coronavirus-related death reported in Kosovo (media)
• Ministry of Health denies contact tracing will not be pursued anymore (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Kommersant: Vucic now must make a choice (Danas)
• New REC data: 62.73 percent of electorate processed, 3 lists passed threshold (B92)
• Vucic’s SNS scores landslide victory in Serbia’s general elections (media)
• What kind of proposal does Lajcak bring to Belgrade today? (B92, Tanjug)
• President Vucic: Let’s not be arrogant in forming government; experts say turnout 49 pct (N1)
• OSCE: Final turnout in Kosovo was 55.178, respectively 57.88 percent of registered voters (Kosovo-online)
• SzS: Fake elections have not succeeded, boycott did, turnout less than 50 percent (N1, BETA, FoNet)
• Director of Factor Plus: Turnout expected, boycott failed (Prva TV, B92)
• Varhelyi: “Important day for Serbia” (RTS, B92)
• N. Macedonian President: Kosovo issue could lead to domino effect (RFE, N1, FoNet)
• Newsmax TV founder: Trump is man who can bring peace to Balkans (Newsmax, N1)

Opinion:

• Serbia elections: Who’s left besides Vucic? (DW)
• Wanted: EU-US cooperation on Kosovo (EUobserver)
• ”Trump and the Kremlin know very well who they are dealing with” (KoSSev)
• Kosovar politics needs rebellious women (Prishtina Insight)

International:

• Serbia President’s Party Scores Landslide in Election Boycotted by Opposition (Balkan insight)
• Ruling Conservatives Set to Win Serbian Parliamentary Vote (VoA)
• Serbian parliament left without clear opposition as the ruling party wins partially boycotted elections (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• BIRN Videos Tell Emotional Stories of Missing Fathers (Balkan Insight)
• 22 years since kidnapping of Belacevac miners (TV Most)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 22

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• 96 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours in Kosovo (media)
• Hoti to report to MPs on Washington visit and reciprocity on Tuesday (media)
• Several senior LDK members voted against Osmani’s dismissal (Koha)
• Kurti: Allowing Serbian elections, cancelling local ones, unacceptable (media)
• Braathu: Only ballot collection for Serbian elections conducted in Kosovo (Klan)
• Serbia President’s Party Scores Landslide in Election Boycotted by Opposition (BIRN)
• Veseli: Kosovo Army, best argument for those that deny success (media)
• North Macedonia President: Kosovo-Serbia deal would help the region (media)
• Pushing for Serbia-Kosovo Peace Deal, U.S. Roils Allies (NYT)

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