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Belgrade Media Report 17 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 17 August 2020


Dacic: There will be no unpleasant surprises in Washington (RTS)
Djuric: Pristina is trying to obstruct talks in the White House (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTV)
Request to UNESCO to react to threat to Visoki Decani (Tanjug/RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Number of coalitions increases ahead of elections, no principled connection within coalitions (FTV)
Political parties begin announcing names of candidates for upcoming local elections (N1)
DF: Joint participation of pro-Bosnian parties to prevent Covic and Dodik’s overtaking of Mostar (Oslobodjenje)
Viskovic: B&H CEC is illegal but regardless of that, SNSD believes in its election win (Srna/Nova BH)
Results of public opinion research show SNSD has by far greatest support of RS citizens (ATV)
Dodik: RS is not responsible for fact B&H did not get 250 million Euros from EU help for solving of consequences of pandemic (FTV/ATV)
Ambassador Jukic requests explanation from Montenegro authorities about new measures concerning entrance of B&H citizens to this country (RTRS)

Markovic to diaspora: Montenegro is your country, you’re always welcome home (CdM)
President’s Cabinet: Just another untruth of IFIMES (CDM)
The “sleeper agent” of the Serbian Orthodox Church as new DF marionette (Dnevne novine)
Residents of the USA and countries in the region allowed to enter Montenegro (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Talks on government formation continue (MIA)

Albania humanitarian crisis escalates at Greek border (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 17, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 17, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 129 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• 40 coronavirus patients treated in Kosovo hospitals, in critical condition (media)
• Hoti: Final preparations underway for start of school year (media)
• Decan Mayor reacts to calls for halting road construction works (media)
• Decan Mayor sends letter to heads of state on Decan – Plav road (media)
• Vetevendosje seeks clarifications for halting of Decan-Plav road construction (media)
• Germany supports visa liberalisation, some countries still hesitant (RFE)
• PM Hoti calls on youth to join KSF (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Five cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo yesterday (Radio KIM)
• Blic: Grenell, Vucic and Hoti would discuss economy in White House, not politics
• Djuric: Pristina appeases domestic public saying it talks about independence (Kosovo-online)
• Countryman: Belgrade and Pristina not ready to reach agreement (N1, RFE)
• Hoti on suspension of works on Decani-Plav road section; Janjic: We were never against road, but its construction within SPZ (KoSSev)
• Simic: Works near Decani Monastery form of pressure before continuation of dialogue (Kosovo-online)
• KFOR Commander visited municipality and Visoki Decani Monastery (KoSSev)
• Novosti: Serbian Government and SOC to form team for protection of cultural heritage
• Brnabic: International community to clearly prevent jeopardy of cultural heritage (Kosovo-online)
• Thaci: Gazivode jewel of Kosovo, Djuric: Jewel heart of Serbia (Kosovo-online)


• Access to 10% of our pensions will not revive the Kosovo economy (Prishtina Insight)
• Kosovo is a test of Israel’s moral character (The Jerusalem Post)


• Economic Downturn Prompts Germany to Cap Western Balkan Workers (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 17

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• COVID-19: 141 new cases, 11 deaths (media)
• Hoti calls for suspension of construction work on Decan – Plav road (media)
• Vetevendosje: Vucic makes demands, Hoti and partners meet them (media)
• Reactions after construction work stopped on Decan – Plav road (Koha)
• Kurti: Forcing bad agreements for sake of political campaign is wrong (media)
• Beqaj: Kosovo and Serbia not ready for agreement (Koha)
• Mustafa: We haven’t discussed President post with anyone (Express)
• Haxhiu: Illegitimate minority government must leave ASAP (media)
• Thaci: Ujman Lake, a precious wealth of the state of Kosovo (media)
• Think tank: Djukanovic could testify in Thaci’s defence (Koha)
• Kosovo police criticised for stopping state TV crew from filming (Balkan Insight)

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