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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 8, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 08, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Hoti’s office: Measures in the north in coordination with Kosovo institutions (Telegrafi)
• Osmani: SL’s call, unconstitutional and against Kosovo’s sovereignty (media)
• CDHRF calls on Hoti to dismiss Rakic following coronavirus measures (media)
• Oxygen supply problems reported in clinic treating Covid-19 patients (Koha/Klan)
• Roth: EU to deliver visa liberalisation to Kosovo, land swap dangerous (Telegrafi)
• French presidency gives details of Macron-Hoti meeting (RTK)
• Justice demanded for the murder of Bytyqi brothers 21 years ago (media)
• Thaci visits Veseli’s family home (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic to address the nation at 3pm (media)
• Pisonero: Restrictive measures must not affect fundamental rights, public order must be guaranteed (media)
• Vucic on negotiations with Pristina: “It will not be easy” (B92, Tanjug)
• Grenell: We never believed in a quick agreement between Kosovo and Serbia in the election year (Blic)
• Djuric: An attempt to destabilize Serbia will not pass on the eve of the key phase of the fight for Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• “Reactions of people showed what they think about measures, to discuss it at Crisis Staff meeting” (N1)
• Serbian Health Minister says decision on lockdown in next two days (FoNet, N1)
• Four more coronavirus cases in central Kosovo (Radio Mitrovica North)
• Northern Kosovo under quarantine as of last night, curfew from 9 pm to 5 am (KoSSev)
• 53 new Covid-19 infection cases registered in Serb-populated areas yesterday (Radio KIM)
• Rakic and Jevtic: We will stand up for property of Visoki Decani and Serbian Orthodox Church (Radio KIM)


• Two voices on Kosovo (balcanicaucaso.org)
• China Has Overtaken Russia as Serbia’s Great Ally (Balkan Insight)


• Violent protests in Serbia as Vučić announces another lockdown after weeks of alleged pre-election cover-ups (EWB)
• Stalled Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue Set to Resume in July (Balkan Insight)


• Coronavirus: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, WHO says (BBC)
• Roma Inclusion in Balkans Depends on Governments Recognising Antigypsyism (Balkan Insight)
• Activists rejoice as water returns to Lumbardhi (Prishtina Insight)
• The Rise of Religious Radicalisation among Diaspora Albanians (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 8 July 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 8 July 2020


Brnabic: State will protect legal order (RTS)
Vucic: Negotiations with Pristina: “It will not be easy” (RTS/B92/Tanjug)
Grenell: New ideas needed to make progress on Kosovo (N1)
Dacic: Serbia will not be apologizing to anyone for convicting those who were killing Serbs (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Serbian Justice Ministry responds to B&H’s protest note (RTV/Tanjug)
Rebic: Police were highly restrained during protest (RTS)
Obligatory self-isolation for Montenegrin citizens entering Serbia (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

SDA, HDZ B&H, SNSD leaders meet and reach agreement (BHT1)
B&H HoR adopts proposal of amendments to Election Law regarding City of Mostar (BHT1)
Diplomatic war between Belgrade and Sarajevo (O kanal)
Dodik: Only Serbia’s enemies benefit from protests (Srna)

Minority MPs and HSLS pledge their support to HDZ (HRT)

CDM finds out what happened at the meeting of opposition groups (CDM)
Brajovic: Instead of making divisions, let’s unite (CDM)
Boskovic: The 2016 scenario planned again hiding under the cloak of religion (Pobjeda)
Epidemic declared in several municipalities in the north (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Election Day declared state holiday in North Macedonia (MIA)
Ahmeti promotes ‘Albanian PM’ idea at Struga rally (MIA)

Electoral Reform/Second meeting with Rama did not produce any agreement with the opposition (Radio Tirana)
Electoral system change/OSCE Representative: No recommendation, sovereign decision of any state (Radio Tirana)
President urges shedding light on murder of Bytyci brothers (ADN)


In Serbia, protests erupt as country reimposes restrictions to prevent spread of Covid-19 (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, 08 July

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• COVID-19: 183 new cases confirmed, three fatalities (media)
• Assembly President summons PM Hoti to report on pandemic (media)
• Health Minister says situation with COVID-19 under control (media)
• Haziri criticises recently introduced restrictive measures (media)
• Four northern municipalities introduce new restrictive measures (media)
• Beyer: Dialogue must resume, and agreement reached (RTK)
• Grenell: We support EU for meetings on 10 – 12 July (Express)
• Lajcak discusses the dialogue with senior German officials (media)
• Hoti: France committed to support Kosovo in dialogue process (media)
• Selmanaj: France has dilemmas and hesitates on visa liberalisation (T7)
• 42 MEPs call for visa liberalisation for Kosovo (media)
• EU confident Thaci will extend EULEX’s mandate (Koha)
• Vucic on dialogue with Kosovo: They will pressure us to lose (media)
• KLA associations reveal July 9 protest method (media)

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