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Belgrade Media Report 19 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 19 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic with Dacic on meetings in US and Brussels (RTS/Tanjug/RTV)
Vucic: There is a progress, we’re not giving up (B92)
Who will be in the government team for protection of Serbian sancitities (RTS)
Stoltenberg: Belgrade – Pristina dialogue only way to lasting solution (N1)
Coalition agreement in Krusevac composed of SNS, SPS, JS, SNP and POKS (Tanjug/RTV)
Sapic, SNS, SPS and Metla form government in Stari Grad municipality (Tanjug/NSPM)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC verifies applications of 12 political parties for participation in local elections in Mostar, three applications rejected (Hayat)
Covic: HDZ B&H’s ambition is to finish agreement on election legislation and legitimate representation, in line with agreements signed with SDA, which were partially implemented in Mostar (N1)
Dodik: RS does not want to join NATO; Any changes to Constitution need to be made through agreement of entities (ATV)
Political parties from RS respond to Nelson: Changing Dayton structure is unnecessary and risky, any interfering in rights of RS is also out of question (Glas Srpske)
Covic on Nelson’s statement regarding reform of DPA: That is very demanding job (N1)
Croatia

Grlic-Radman: Support to B&H’s EU path and equality of Croats (Hina)
Banozic: Combat aircraft procurement is of strategic importance for Croatia (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic: The main goal is to withdraw the Law on Freedom of Religion (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: Deal reached with DUI, DPA joins government coalition (MIA)
Ahmeti: This coalition to be most successful yet (MIA)
Xhaferi remains parliament speaker (MIA)
Albania

Albania seeks to mediate Belarus crisis (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 19, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 19, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 162 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Hoti concerned some still do not believe in existence of COVID-19 (media)
• Hoti and Ramosaj agree to suspend works on the Decan-Plava road (RTK)
• Government considers Vetevendosje’s accusations low (media)
• Ramush Haradinaj to meet Hoti tomorrow (RTK)
• Leaders thank police and doctors on the World Humanitarian Day (media)
• Naser Sahiti elected rector of the University of Prishtina (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Four new cases of Covid-19, one death registered in Serb areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Abbot Sava: It is absurd that monks defend law from institutions (KoSSev, N1)
• Nora Weller: Kosovo must prove that Serb community and monasteries are protected (KoSSev, N1)
• Vucic and Dacic on upcoming meetings in Washington and Brussels (RTS)
• Customs claims Bishop Teodosije returned from Jarinje over phytosanitary certificate; Bishop: They didn’t ask for anything (KoSSev)
• Serbian Chamber of Commerce: Export to Kosovo EUR 95 million in first half of 2020 (N1)
• Four Serbs sent to one-month detention over possession of weapons and shooting (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Russia and China are Penetrating Balkans at West’s Expense (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Kosovo Road Construction Sparks Row with Serbian Monastery (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• UNDP hands over vouchers for vulnerable families (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 19

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• COVID-19: 141 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Haziri: Kosovo to get Presevo Valley; Leposavic and 17 villages to Serbia (media)
• NATO Secretary General: Dialogue only way forward (media)
• Bolton: Meeting on September 2, a very good opportunity for Trump (Express)
• Nagavci: September 2 meeting, a step not thought through (Klan)
• LVV: This government is terribly dependent on Serbian List (media)
• Cufaj: Germany is in favor of visa liberalisation (media)
• Kosovo’s foreign ministry backs down on bid to join Geneva Convention (Koha)
• North Macedonia’s Pro-Western Parties Reach Coalition Deal (RFE)
• Kosovo leaders hail coalition deal in North Macedonia (media)

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