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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 09, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo government not in support of draft law on pandemics (RTK)
• Government endorses action plan for increase of Covid-19 tests (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo PM ready to declare state of emergency over coronavirus (Gazeta Express)
• Roth: EU must grant Kosovo promised visa liberalization (Die Welt, Express)
• LVV does not vote international agreements, endorsement fails (media)
• Gucati: Indictment proposal against KLA leaders, direct attack on Kosovo (media)
• Assembly does not approve LVV’s draft resolution on dialogue (media)
• UNMIK assists Malisheva with anti-Covid-19 protection equipment (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

• In all Serb areas, 139 newly infected in the last three weeks of testing (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio)
• Dacic: Visit to Paris important, matter of Kosovo recognition does not exist for Serbia (TV Pink, Tanjug)
• Vucic: We know how to maintain peace (N1)
• Stefanovic: An attempt to seize power by force (B92)
• New riots in Belgrade; speculations about who provokes clashes (N1)
• Vucic: No compromise with the vandals; Involvement of foreign security services proven (B92)
• Russian Ambassador rejects allegations or Russia’s involvement in unrests in Belgrade (B92)
• US Embassy closely follows events, condemns all violence (media)


• “Kosovo Serbs always suffer the consequences of instability in Serbia” (KIM radio)
• What ‘Twiplomacy’ reveals about the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue (neweasterneurope.eu)


• Kosovo’s Thaci To Go To The Hague For Interview With War Crimes Prosecutor (RFE)
• Serbia Protests Meet Violent Response in Europe’s 1st Major Virus Unrest (The New York Times)
• Serbian President ‘Has the Evidence’ to Resolve US Albanians’ Murders (Balkan Insight)


• Kosovo’s hospitals receive influx of COVID-19 patients (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 09 July

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No compromise with the vandals; Involvement of foreign security services proven (B92/Tanjug)
Brnabic: There will be no violent coup in Serbia (TV Pink/RTV)
Stefanovic: An attempt to seize power by force (B92)
Dacic: Important visit to Paris (TV Pink/RTV)
US Embassy in Serbia: We are deeply concerned; Coordinated assaults on the police (Tanjug/RTS/RTV/B92)
Bilcik condemns violence at protest in Belgrade (Beta)
New riot in Belgrade; speculations about who provokes clashes (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H House of Peoples adopts changes to B&H Election Law (O kanal)
Leaders of SNSD, HDZ B&H and SDA announce possibility of yet another postponement of local elections because of Mostar (EuroBlic)
Quint Ambassadors meet with members of Collegiums of B&H HoR and B&H HoP (Nova BH)
Workers of healthcare centers in Sarajevo Canton again begin general strike (Nova BH)

Plenkovic says most new ministers will be re-appointed following election win (Hina/ Vecernji List)
Croatian FM: We want order, peace, stability in Serbia (Hina)
Foreign Minister: We want an efficient government (Hina)

Opposition fails to reach agreement on forming a unique electoral list (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Political parties continue campaigning four days before elections (MIA)
Latest poll respondents perceive SDSM-Besa as winning coalition (MIA)
Merkel says first chapters of EU talks with Skopje and Tirana to be opened by year’s end (MIA)
Nationals of Serbia, Montenegro, B&H, Kosovo must present PCR test upon entering country as of Thursday (MIA)


Albanian Ambassador and diplomatic staff to Greece ‘discharged’ (ADN/Top Channel)
EU Commissioner: Albania’s progress towards reforms is essential (Tirana Times/DW)


Analysts: Potential for Civil Unrest Rising in Europe (Voice of America)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, 09 July

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• Covid-19: 214 new cases, 4 deaths in last 24 hours (media)
• Government of Kosovo extends restrictive measures to the north (media)
• Hoti: Only Kosovo laws apply in northern municipalities (media)
• Covid-19: North Macedonia shuts border with Kosovo (media)
• Thaci to travel to The Hague for interview (media)
• Limaj commends Thaci’s readiness to be interviewed in The Hague (media)
• Bislimi: Calls to undo specialist chambers to save one person not KLA (Koha)
• Hoti: Kosovo ready for dialogue on mutual recognition with Serbia (media)
• Borrell’s Office: Visa liberalisation to be treated urgently (Lajmi.net/RTK)
• Nagavci: SL’s statement neither coincidental nor unintentional (Telegrafi)
• PDK to support all international financial agreements (media)
• KLA war veterans organize today protests in all Kosovo cities (media)

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