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Belgrade Media Report 13 July 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 13 July 2020


Belgrade-Pristina dialogue resumes via video conference (Tanjug/RTS)
Lajcak: Parties agree on key elements of dialogue (Beta)
Borrell: Normalization of Belgrade-Pristina relations requires political courage on both sides (Beta)
Vucic: Kosovo situation almost hopeless (TV Pink)
Vucic briefs Botsan-Kharchenko on continuation of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS)
Brnabic: Discipline crucial for curbing spread of coronavirus (BBC/Tanjug)
Vucic starts talks on government formation (Tanjug)
Dacic: Decisions on opening borders change daily (TV Prva/Tanjug)
SDA is getting votes on Srebrenica (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

The commemorative session on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide took place in Srebrenica (Hayat)
UN Security Council holds high-level commemoration on occasion of marking 25th anniversary of genocide in Srebrenica (Nova BH)
Dodik: Adoption of law, which Dzaferovic is calling for, would return verbal offense to B&H (ATV)
Dzaferovic: Everything about Srebrenica genocide is known and truth is integral and verified by different final rulings of international courts (Hayat)
Dodik: Fact that HR is being pushed to adopt law banning genocide denial indicates that this is questionable truth (RTRS)
European Parliament honors victims of Srebrenica genocide (O kanal)
EU officials Michel, Von der Leyen and Borrell issue joint press statement on occasion of 25th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide (Dnevni avaz)
B&H CEC adopts conclusion to launch initiative for adoption of amendments to B&H Election Law, in order to ensure its own financial independence (ATV)

Croatian Prime Minister, President: Srebrenica must never be forgotten (Hina)
Jansa: Croatia’s entry into Euro and Schengen Area is in Slovenia’s interest (Hina)

Djukanovic: Genocide in Srebrenica is an eternal admonition, a wake-up call for all our nations (CDM)
Markovic to meet European officials in Brussels (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: Srebrenica a reminder of the virus of intolerance to diversity (MIA)
Three-day election silence goes into effect (MIA)
Today, 716 people with Covid-19 and in self-isolation are voting in North Macedonia, tomorrow 8,852 sick, powerless and chronically ill (MIA)

Commission of Inquiry into the dismissal of President Meta to convene (Tirana Times)
Rama: In remembering Srebrenica, we must go beyond commemoration and words and actively learn the lessons (Radio Tirana)


Serbian president’s upcoming visit to Iran to open new chapter in bilateral ties (IRNA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 13, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 13, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• President Thaci arrives at the Special Court (RTK)
• Veseli: We will triumph in this battle as well (media)
• Haradinaj: I highly value Thaci’s readiness to respond to Specialist Chambers (RTK)
• Albanians protest in Hague (Koha)
• Kosovo Government announces new measures against coronavirus (media)
• Borrell considers Lajcak has done a good job (Koha)
• Police Director warns penalty measures for those who do not wear masks (media)
• Kurti accuses the government: They are filling the morg (RTK)
• Gucati and Kosnett discuss KLA veterans (RTK)
• Thaci’s lawyer, former U.S. senior official Pierre-Richard Prosper (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• 38 new cases of Covid-19 infection registered, one person passed away in Serb areas (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: Belgrade-Pristina talks to resume on Thursday with new topics (media)
• Dacic: There is no readiness of Pristina for compromise (Prva TV)
• Dialogue on reset, but still paralyzed (DW)
• Vucic met Botsan-Kharchenko, discussed Kosovo and Metohija (Danas)
• “Consultations on new Serbian government to start as of Tuesday” (N1, FoNet)
• NGOs urged crisis headquarters to inform public on epidemic, unbiased cooperation with media outlets (KoSSev)
• Dr. Rasic: Increased number of patients with respiratory infections in Gracanica (RTK2, Radio kontakt plus)


• ‘I believe in justice’ says Kosovo’s Thaci as he arrives at The Hague on war crime charges (Euronews)
• Kosovo-Serbia Deal Must Not Lead to Impunity for War Crimes: US Ex-Ambassador (Balkan Insight)


• Kon on epidemiological situation in Serbia, possibility of new measures (B92, Prva TV)
• Temporary residence permits in Kosovo extended (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, 13 July

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• COVID-19: 216 new cases in last 24 hours (media)
• State of emergency not declared; stricter measures will be applied (media)
• Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s interview to Top Channel
• EU Special Representative: The dialogue is back on track (media)
• Von der Leyen expresses support for Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)
• Hoti: I’ll meet Vucic in Brussels on Thursday; only mutual recognition (media)
• Hoti: U.S. and EU to complement each other in the dialogue (media)
• Vucic: Situation with Kosovo, almost hopeless (media)
• President Thaci urges people to strictly implement protective measures (media)
• Zemaj: Do not force us to declare a state of emergency (media)
• No total lockdown from state of emergency, sources say (Indeksonline)
• Association of Municipalities supports state of emergency (media)
• Association of Psychologists oppose state of emergency (media)
• Thaci and Borrell agree to extend EULEX mandate for another year (media)
• EULEX chief: We remain fully committed to our partnership (media)
• “France, Germany and Netherlands opposed visa liberalisation” (Lajmi)
• U.S. Embassy: People of Kosovo deserve better (media)
• Bajrami: Let’s focus on economic recovery, not personal attacks (media)
• Kosovo’s Thaci strongly denies committing any war crimes (AP)

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