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Belgrade Media Report 26 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 26 August 2020


The meeting of the political top of Republika Srpska with the President of Serbia (B92)
Vucic: Serbian side traveling to meeting in Washington “ten times more prepared” than Pristina (RTS)
EC spokeswoman confirms expert meeting as part of Kosovo dialogue (N1)
Djuric: Serbia’s position in Washington, Brussels to rely on constitution, resolution 1244 (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dzaferovic: RS can only be administrative unit within B&H’s constitutional and legal structure or stop existing as entity (RTRS)
Zvizdic: Nobody from B&H must interfere in elections in Montenegro (Dnevni avaz)
Hearing upon appeals against first-instance verdict to wartime RS Army Commander Mladic starts before MICT Appeals Chamber (BHT1)

Deputy PMs attend commemoration for Serb civilians killed after Operation Storm (HRT)
Pupovac: Plenkovic, Milanovic have made step forward in commemoration of victims (N1)

Markovic: Montenegro is developing even in times of crisis (CDM)
Sehovic: You show love for Montenegro in deeds, not just words (CDM)
The church must respect the political institutions of Montenegro (Pobjeda)
Camaj: Our goal is to improve the status of Albanians (Dan)
Protest walks in several municipalities (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Parliament confirms resignations of cabinet candidates from MP posts, verifies mandates of replacements (MIA)
DUI’s Nuredini along with others gives up MP mandate (MIA)
President Pendarovski submits decisions declaring state of emergency to be confirmed by Parliament (MIA)
Belarus crisis, Rama to travel to Vienna (Tirana Times)
Germany supports the offer of OSCE to solve the crisis in Belarus (Radio Tirana)
Speaker of Parliament of North Macedonia, Xhaferri sends a thank you letter to speaker Ruçi (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 26, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 26, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• “Vucic’s potential visit would be considered a provocation” (media)
• Specialist Chambers not obliged to make public dismissed charges (Express)
• Thaci: Montenegro Albanians should participate massively in elections (media)
• Pandemic Law published in Official Gazette (RTK)
• Six police officers suspended in Mitrovica North (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Two new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas, 25 persons recovered (Radio kontakt plus)
• Portal Nova published old news that Vucic goes to Gazivode Lake (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: We know our task (RTS, Radio KIM)
• Covic on Washington meeting: US President does not show up unless there is result (RTS)
• Special Court: We are not obliged to announce if indictment was confirmed or dismissed (Kosovo-online)
• Group of Serbian intellectuals filed criminal charges against President Vucic over Kosovo (N1)
• Vucic met with Republic of Srpska leadership, Dodik in Belgrade (N1)


• Kosovo Political Parties Shun Campaign to Abolish Hague War Court (Balkan Insight)


• Kon: Situation in Serbia is no longer an emergency (B92)
• Serbian opposition party: How many Covid-19 victims weren’t registered? (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 26

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COVID – 19: Eight deaths, 136 new cases (media)
EU: Dialogue at level of experts to continue August 27 (RFE)
Government changes possible if indictment against Thaci confirmed (KTV)
Vucic on meeting in Washington: It will be a furious night (media)
Selmanaj: Haradinaj’s assessments on dialogue, without substance (media)
Konjufca: VV against a final deal without going to new elections (media)
Hyseni meets Merkel’s advisor, calls for greater coordination (media)
Phillips: Trump administration wants a quick solution (Zeri)
Esch: Comprehensive agreement is Brussels’ responsibility (RFE)
Rexhepi: Mustafa was wrong, he’ll pay the price in elections (KTV)

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