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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 31, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 31, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 120 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Zemaj seeks support to increase COVID-19 testing capacity (media)
• Bytyqi family says their sons’ deaths should be raised at Washington meeting (Koha)
• Konjufca: Inauguration timing of 58 houses in the north, not coincidental (media)
• Decan mayor: Road construction project will continue (Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• One case of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo on Sunday (Radio KIM)
• Vucic spoke with Merkel, meeting with Lajcak (RTS)
• Vucic: I expect surprises in Washington; a long night between September 3rd and 4th (KoSSev)
• Ivanji: I had to laugh at Vucic’s statement that he would refuse Trump (N1, Danas)
• Tadic invites Vucic for TV debate on Kosovo (N1)
• Belgrade-Pristina meetings until all issues are resolved (B92)
• Serbian List urges KFOR to ensure safety for all citizens (Radio KIM)
• Sarcevic: School year in Kosovo to be slightly delayed (Radio KIM)
• Djuric: It is difficult to receive blows “at home” ahead of important meetings (Kosovo-online)


• Kosovo must not settle for a bad deal (Prishtina Insight)
• Blood on their hands (Prishtina Insight)


• Missing but not forgotten (KoSSev)
• ‘He Was Gone’: Video Memories of the Balkan Wars’ Missing Persons (Balkan Insight)
• WHO chief in Serbia says important to get kids back to school (N1)

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Belgrade Media Report 31 August 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 31 August 2020


Sources in Brussels: EU, U.S. finding it difficult to align steps in Belgrade Pristina dialog (Beta)
Vucic: Agenda of Washington talks unacceptable (Pink TV)
Dacic: Serbia has never been stronger in negotiations (TV Happy)
Djuric: Hoti deceiving public (RTS)
Serbian President Vucic: Conversations between me and Dodik were wiretapped (Pink TV)
Vucic today attending the Bled Forum: We are close to significant changes (Tanjug)
Vucic talked on the phone with Merkel; private meeting with Lajcak (Tanjug)
Vucic about Montenegro elections: The Serbian people have risen (B92)
Congratulations to the Montenegrin opposition come from Serbian politicians and parties (Tanjug, FoNet)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Inzko: Kosovo and RS cannot be brought in connection (Dnevni avaz)
Vital national interest is perfect ahead of election (Oslobodjenje)
RS PM Viskovic: Signing of memorandum between B&H CEC and IFES would cause damage to democratic and fair elections (RTRS)
United Srpska MPs and SP announce they will vote for veto filed by Dodik against signing of memorandum between B&H CEC and IFES (RTRS)
Minister Turkovic: Refusal to support EU Declaration on Belarus represents anti-European activity of Milorad Dodik (Dnevni avaz)
B&H officials give statements ahead of the election in Montenegro (N1)

The SEC announced the final results: DPS 35.06 percent, For the future of Montenegro 32.55 percent of votes (CDM)
Preliminary results of election results in Montenegro: DPS 30 mandates, For the future of Montenegro 27, Peace is our nation 10, Black and white four (CDM)
Picula: High turnout means high expectations from parliament (RTCG)
Krivokapic: Expert government would be the best solution for Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

North Macedonia’s parliament elects new government (MIA)
Albanians Could Prove Decisive (ADN)
Albania – Greece dispute for the sea (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 31

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• COVID-19: 119 new cases, eight deaths (media)
• Kurti: Illegal government needed one month to reverse our progress (media)
• Hoti: The only topic in every meeting is mutual recognition (Kosovapress)
• Vucic to discuss Kosovo with Merkel today (media)
• Hoti: Missing persons, open wound of our society (media)
• Thaci: Serbia to be pressured into shedding light to missing persons’ fate (media)
• Osmani: Missing persons, biggest and most painful wound of Kosovo (media)
• Kurti: Fate of missing persons never a priority for any government (media)
• Veseli: Establishment of International Tribunal for Serbia’s crimes, inevitable (media)
• Serbs, Kosovo Albanians Make Joint Appeal for Missing Persons (Balkan Insight)
• Experts seek blood samples to identify Kosovo war missing (AP)
• Justice demanded for survivors of sexual violence during conflict (media)
• Haradinaj: Albanian’s vote, determinant for Montenegrin policy (media)

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