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Belgrade Media Report 29 June

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LOCAL PRESS

Pahor informs Vucic on postponement of Brdo-Brioni Process (RTS)
Michel: Belgrade–Pristina dialogue under EU auspices key to European integration (FoNet)
Serbia will not open any new Chapters (N1)
Djuric: Beating Serbs in Gazimestan points to Pristina’s rule by fear (Tanjug)
If Thaci were convicted, Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Joschka Fischer and Wesley Clark would also have to be convicted (Tanjug/RTV/B92)
Russia counts on RS (Novosti)
Crisis Response Team introduces new measures (Tanjug)
Another 242 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik says appointments at level of B&H will be discussed more detailed next week (ATV)
Nikola Spiric takes over post of B&H HoP speaker (ATV)
B&H not on list of countries for which EU borders will be opened as of 1 July (N1)
Transit of certain number of B&H citizens through territory of Croatia to Neum was not allowed on Sunday; B&H Ministry of Foreign Affairs to request introduction of reciprocal measures for Croatia (O kanal)
Recommendations of FB&H Crisis HQ became orders on Sunday (FTV)
B&H sees another 128 Covid-19 cases, one fatality (N1)
Croatia

President says postponement of elections theoretically possible, but won’t happen (Hina)
Voting rights assured during pandemic, says Bozinovic (HRT)
HRejting: Major parliamentary elections poll Restart 60, HDZ 54 (TCN)
Croatia reports 34 new cases of Covid-19 (N1)
Montenegro

Chaos in Budva municipal assembly: Tear gas, insults, threats… (CDM)
We won’t organize religious processions, claims MCP (CDM)
Institute for Public Health confirms 17 new coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: We took bold decisions, Mickoski has no stance on important issues (MIA)
Mickoski: Time to beat our political opponent (MIA)
Kasami: Time for DUI to go into opposition (MIA)
North Macedonia reports 132 new cases of Covid-19, 12 died (24.mk)
Albania

Cakaj-Grenell: No plans for partition of the Republic of Kosovo, no territorial exchanges (Radio Tirana)
Cakaj meets Reeker and Palmer: US-Albania relations, of irreplaceable significance and with an inalienable value for Albania (Radio Tirana)
Meta working lunch with V-4 Group countries: A period of great challenges for Europe (Radio Tirana)
Rama on a two-day visit to Kosovo (Tirana Times)
Consensus reached, the agreement on the changes in the Electoral Code disclosed (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 64 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia’s Vučić: Kosovo talks must go on despite Thaçi indictment (Politico)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 29, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Rama: Indictment, a stain of shame (media)
• Selimi: Lack of transparency in dialogue, bad signal for the country (media)
• Osmani denies allegations for KFOR protection and discussing special court with Ambassadors (Express)
• Concerning spread of coronavirus in Kosovo (RFE, media)
• Von Cramon: Macron does not want liberalisation of visas for Kosovars (media)
• Hoti: Not wearing masks represents a criminal offence (media)
• “Trump gives Grenell last chance for Kosovo-Serbia dialogue” (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: If Trump wins, it will be easier for Serbia (Kurir, B92)
• Vucic: Dialogue should resume despite indictment against Thaci (BETA, N1)
• “The indictment in ‘carrot and stick’ fashion intended for Belgrade” (Tanjug, B92)
• Antonijevic: Increase in the number of newly infected in Serbian communities (Kontakt plus radio)
• New measures to curb Covid-19 in northern municipalities (KoSSev, Radio kontakt plus)
• Djilas: Reconciliation of the people, but not with Vucic and Thaci (KoSSev, N1)
• Serbs mark Vidovdan at Gazimestan Monument (KoSSev, N1)
• Serbian List, Djuric condemned beating of Serbian men at Gazimestan (Kosovo-online)
• Serb house in Gracanica robbed (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Nationalism May Well Haunt a Post-Pandemic Balkans (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Kosovo’s President To Address War Crimes Charges In Speech To Nation (RFE)
• Germany: Merkel’s CDU eyes Western Balkans immigration curbs amid coronavirus (infomigrants.net, DW)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Safe house opened in Zubin Potok (Radio Mitrovica Sever)
• Crisis Staff session ended, new measures to be introduced (B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 29

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• 87 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours (media)
• Due to increased cases of Covid-19, EU borders remain closed for Kosovo (Koha)
• PM Hoti: We might have to reintroduce isolation measures (media)
• Osmani: Significant rise requires government’s urgent attention (media)
• Coronavirus spreads in the Assembly (Indeksonline)
• Assembly Presidency and committees should not meet, Council suggests (media)
• President Thaci to address the media on Monday (media)
• Specialist Chambers comment on accusations against Thaci (Klan/Telegrafi)
• Albanian PM Rama to visit Kosovo on Monday (media)
• EULEX work not affected by lack of letter exchange (Koha)
• Serwer: Shore up the Kosovo state (Peacefare.net/Koha)
• EU undercut the U.S.-led Kosovo–Serbia summit (National Review/media)
• Police detain then release two persons during St. Vitus celebrations (media)

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