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Belgrade Media Report 21 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 21 August 2020


Vucic: No recognition, I don’t exclude moving of meeting in Washington D.C. (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Vucic: I am closer to opting for government that public views as my second option (TV Pink/Beta)
Dacic calls Trump better option, but affirms non-interference in US internal affairs (TV Happy/Beta)
Formation of new government, SNS Main Board, Serbian parliament session and election of its speaker will waint until Vucic returns from Washington D.C. (Nova)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: We have obligation to turn Serbian President Vucic’s attention to international community’s double standards (Srna/ATV)
Dodik: It is first necessary to return to original DPA and then to approach constitutional changes (RTRS)
Cvijanovic: Things in B&H will start functioning when foreigners give up political-bureaucratized recipes, and domestic politicians have enough political will for things to actually function (Nezavisne)
USC MoI sets control points on entrance to canton and begins police operations on Thursday (Nova BH)
Dodik: RS will not respect decision of USC to ban transport of migrants to this canton (ATV)
Komsic: Dodik is to blame for inflow of migrants as he refused to deploy B&H AF onto Serbian border (FTV)

Djukanovic: Those who wish their children well will not leave Montenegro in the hands of adventurers (CdM)
Djukanovic: I do not understand those who dressed the church in political clothes and introduced it to the political race (CdM)
Markovic: Nowhere in the world can you see churches and monasteries engage in political agitation (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Xhaferi convened the parliament, SDSM and DUI will try to re-elect him as Speaker (Republika)
Byrnes: Looking forward to cooperation with new gov’t towards Euro-Atlantic integration (MIA)

Pompeo: We support the declarations of Rama (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 21, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 21, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 162 new cases, 10 deaths (media)
• PM’s Office is not aware of cancellation of September 2 meeting (RTK)
• Hoti: Terrorism is a global challenge that should be fought globally (media)
• Thaci supports the initiative of Albanian Americans, Kurti rejects it (media)
• Gani Geci summoned to The Hague (media)
• Government approves amendments to Law on financing political entities (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Four new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: Postponement of meeting in Washington by day or two not excluded (Tanjug)
• Lavrov: Dialogue on Kosovo without blackmails and arms twisting (Radio kontakt plus, N1)
• 22 anniversary of kidnappings of journalists Djuro Slavuj and Ranko Perenic marked today (KoSSev)
• Office for KIM: Unresolved destiny of kidnapped journalists stain on face of international community (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: I would open Decani topic in Brussels, we fight with political and diplomatic means (Kosovo-online)
• “Police officers arrested in northern Kosovo last year released pending trial” (Radio KIM)


• WHO keeping track of Balkans during coronavirus pandemic (N1)
• COVID-19 crisis hits health workers (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 21

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• COVID – 19: 158 new cases, 13 deaths (media)
• President Thaci decrees three laws, including law against COVID-19 (media)
• Raka: Situation may deteriorate in September (media)
• Leaders of ruling coalition to meet on Monday (media)
• Haradinaj explains why he wants the post of Kosovo President (media)
• Selmanaj: New President could come from the PDK (T7)
• Beqiri: If coalition doesn’t function properly, we go to elections (TV21)
• U.S. Ambassador encourages minority representation in KSF and KP (media)
• Specialist Chambers have four days to confirm first indictments (Koha)
• EU, UK warn of consequences if Specialist Chambers’ mandate is changed (Koha)

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