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Belgrade Media Report 14 July

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Vucic congratulates Macron national holiday of France (RTS)
Chizhov and Lajcak: Resolution 1244 basis for settling Kosovo issue (RTS/Tanjug)
Borell satisfied with continued Belgrade-Pristina talks (N1)
France committed to sustainable stability of Western Balkans (Beta)
Italy supports renewed EU-mediated Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
SDA rejects Vucic’s invitation for government formation talks (Beta)
Kamberi: We submitted our demands, to be followed by decision on government (FoNet/Tanjug)
Jeremic: Regime infiltrated thugs to deter protesters (Balkan Insider/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC warns that funds for local elections in B&H still have not been secured (BHT1)
EUD calls on political leaders in B&H to secure funds for elections (O kanal)
Dodik: Agreement on appointments fell apart, it is uncertain whether B&H budget will be adopted (ATV)
Dodik: Ruling coalition in RS has capacity to initiate process of changing Constitution in order to eliminate problems and structures imposed by High Representative (ATV)
Croatia’s decision on restrictions for citizens of B&H continues to spark reactions (N1)

PM hints at streamlined government (HRT)
All non-EU citizens entering Croatia have to undergo self-isolation as of Monday (HRT)

Mugosa: The infection is spreading like wildfire (CDM)
Markovic – Michel: Montenegro is leader in the EU accession process (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

SEC: 723 Covid-19 patients and people in self-isolation exercise voting right (MIA)
Government condemns attacks on MIA journalist, calls MoI and prosecutor’s office for urgent action (MIA)

Government & opposition clash over electoral reform (Tirana Times)
CDU Adviser, Henze: A coup d’etat is being carried out in Albania (ADN)
EU Commissioner meets with Albania’s Chief Negotiator for EU (Tirana Times)


Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci says talks with Hague prosecutors ‘price of freedom’ (DW/AP/AFP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 14, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Two more patients die from COVID – 19 (media)
• Hospital in Vushtrri transformed into hospital for COVID – 19 patients (media)
• Osmani: PM’s Legal Office endorsed Anti – COVID 19 Law (media)
• PDK calls for urgent increase of salaries of healthcare professionals (media)
• Justice minister Selimi to be part of Kosovo negotiating team (EO/Klan Kosova)
• Roth: Western Balkans at the centre of Germany’s engagement (DW)
• UK welcomes resumption of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)
• KSF ready to support efforts to fight COVID-19 (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Elek: 93 persons hospitalized at Clinical-Hospital Center in Mitrovica North, one person passed away (KoSSev)
• Gracanica: New measures and announcement of fines, and the old problem (KIM radio)
• Hashim Thaci’s indictment will remain unknown until October (B92, RTS)
• PM Brnabic denies lack of transparency during coronavirus pandemic (N1)
• Vucic congratulates Macron, convinced in his support of Serbia’s EU path (BETA, N1)
• Samardzic: ”Vucic is going to Brussels again without a strategy” (KIM radio, Beta, N1)
• Maas: I will travel to Belgrade and Pristina, dialogue is priority (RTS)
• Serbian NGOs call on the EU to insist on core values in Serbia (KIM radio, EWB)


• A manual: how to lose the battle with COVID-19 (Prishtina Insight)
• Surroi: Kosovo yet to realise how dramatic situation with COVID – 19 is (Koha)


• Corrupt clans or startups? Kosovo must now choose (Die Welt)
• Serbia ‘Provided War Crimes Evidence’ Against Kosovo President (Balkan Insight)
• Public anger rises across Balkans as coronavirus toll grows (Financial Times)


• New restrictive measures added following jump in coronavirus cases (Prishtina Insight)
• Austria bans flights from Western Balkans (N1, DW)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, 14 July

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• COVID-19: 187 new cases, six dead (media)
• Hoti: New measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 (media)
• Osmani: It is our constitutional duty to pass anti-Covid law (media)
• Zemaj: Health Institute has capacity to do 500-600 tests in 24 hours (media)
• Gjilan Mayor: New government measures are very unpopular (media)
• Government has no plans to carry out massive testing (Koha)
• PDK MP requests names of persons with COVID-19 be published (Kallxo)
• President Thaci interviewed by Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (media)
• Haradinaj: If indictments confirmed, Kosovo risks serious damage (media)
• Cakaj: When KLA is concerned, we should react as a nation, not as two states (media)
• Assembly approves in principle budget review (media)
• Lajcak discusses dialogue with Russian Ambassador at EU (Sputnik/RTK)
• Hague war crime prosecutors quiz Kosovo President Thaci (Balkan Insight)

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