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Belgrade Media Report 18 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 18 August 2020


Brnabic: Primarily economic issues on agenda in Washington (Tanjug/RTV/RTS/B92)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Deadline for submission of candidate lists of political parties for local elections in B&H expires (Nova BH)
SDA, SBB B&H, DF, SBiH and BPS to form pro-Bosnian bloc in Mostar (O kanal)
Coalition talks ahead of local elections in Mostar enter final stage; Serbs are looking for chance to pass between two blocs (Glas Srpske)
Covic: Croats will achieve equality whether somebody likes it or not (Vecernji list)
Ambassador Nelson: Dayton Agreement and B&H Constitution need to be reformed (FTV)
Viskovic: We are in waiting line for Russian vaccine (ATV)
Ivantsov on Russian vaccine: I hope B&H citizens will soon have chance to protect themselves, no matter whose vaccine is (Glas Srpske)
Republic of North Macedonia

SDSM, DUI say progress made in government formation talks (MIA)
Xhaferi: Rotating speaker or PM a matter of political agreement (MIA/Sitel TV)
Pendarovski: Historical continuity of Macedonian language is indisputable (MIA)

Ex-president awarded High Medal; Meta gathers all political forces (ADN)
Situation in Belarus, Rama: The situation to be resolved through dialogue (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 18, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 18, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 141 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Hoti: The government will not allow further degrading of Telekom (RTK)
• Ramosaj: Works at Decan-Plave road continue, did not discuss with Hoti (RTK)
• Government: Decision to interrupt works at Decan Monastery, still in power (media)
• KFOR claims they are first security responders for Decan Monastery (Insajderi)
• KDI: Work of the Assembly – hostage to lack of political consensus (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Hoti’s adviser: If works on Decani-Plav road continue, decision of government is violated (KoSSev)
• Abbot Janjic: Bypass road around special protective zone is solution (Radio KIM, SRNA)
• Ramosaj: Law banning Decani-Plav road discriminatory; Janjic: Law exists, institutions must protect it (KoSSev)
• Italians to guard Visoki Decani Monastery again (KoSSev, Kosovo-online)
• VOA: Why Vucic announces extraordinary elections already in 2022 (N1)
• Spiegel: NGOs, media dangerous to Serbian president under investigation (N1)
• Rakic, Milivojevic met Erik Grøndahl (TV Most)


• Pandemic now driven by 20s, 30s, 40s group, many asymptomatic: WHO (Reuters)


• 11th edition of Anibar kicks off online (Prishtina Insight)
• Serbian Health Minister says number of coronavirus patients dropping (BETA, N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 18

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• COVID-19: 129 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Zemaj with recommendations on fighting COVID-19 pandemic (RTK)
• Kosovo signs agreement with EBRD to support services hit by pandemic (media)
• Serbia allocates funds for COVID-19 testing lab in Mitrovica North (Koha)
• U.S.: Kosovo’s economic progress, crucial for peace with Serbia (Koha)
• Hoti: We will build Decan-Plave road by respecting laws of the country (media)
• “PDK will demand elections as soon as COVID-19 cases decline” (Koha)
• Konjufca: LDK was not sincere with LVV (Kanal 10/Telegrafi)
• Hoti: Protection of religious and cultural sites is in our tradition (media)
• LVV reacts to President Thaci’s pardoning a 13-year-old boy’s killer (media)
• Mitrovica municipality adds name of Roma girl to memorial stone (media)
• The British Embassy disappointed with the Assembly of Kosovo (media)

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