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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 4, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 4, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 119 new infections, three deaths (media)
• WHO recommends use of steroids in critically-ill patients (VOA/Kallxo)
• Grenell: There are no negotiations without surprises (media)
• EU informed about White House meeting agenda (RFE)
• Osmani: Final agreement with Serbia to go through Kosovo Assembly (media)
• Serwer: Serbia will be in a difficult position if it does not recognise Kosovo (media)
• Petritsch: EU to be involved in Kosovo-Serbia agreement (Klan)
• Tahiri: Agreement in Washington to have a clear political framework (Kosovapress)
• President Thaci meets new head of EU Office, Szunyog (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• One new case of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo, six persons recovered (KoSSev)
• Grenell: There must be surprises in negotiations, we will continue pressure (Tanjug)
• Meetings in Washington – how removal of point on recognition is interpreted (RTS)
• Vucic on Washington meeting: Point referring to recognition is no longer there (RTS)
• Dacic: Point 10 in document proposal has no significance at all (BETA)
• Dodik: Demand to recognize Kosovo would raise issue of Bosnia’s RS entity status (N1)
• Bieber: It is not true point 10 demands recognition of Kosovo, Trump using dialogue (N1)
• Serbian Government adopts declaration in support of Vucic in US talks (N1)
• Obradovic: Negotiations in Washington itself represent recognition of Kosovo (N1)
• Jeremic: What is behind ‘hastily’ adopted declaration of support to Vucic (N1)


• Szunyog: I will do my best to support Kosovo on its European path (media)


• Serbia, Kosovo ‘to Sign Economic Deal’ at White House (Balkan Insight)
• In Search for Serbia-Kosovo Deal, Everything is Political (Balkan Insight)
• Hague War Crime Prosecutors Call Kosovo Ex-PM for Questioning (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 4 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 4 September 2020


Serbian Government adopts declaration of support to Vucic (RTS)
Mali: Belgrade asked to recognize Kosovo’s independence; Grenell: Not true (Tanjug)
Dacic: Vucic brutally snubs recognition of Kosovo in Washington (FoNet, Pink TV)
Vucic from US: Kosovo’s recognition not on agenda anymore; O’Brien: Good talks (Tanjug)
Brnabic: Vucic is not the kind of person to be served ultimatums, we are a little concerned (Beta, Pink TV)
The meeting between Vucic and Trump has been confirmed if economic agreements are signed (RTS)
Grenell: Serbia, Kosovo deserve vibrant economies (Nova.rs)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: It is clear from Vucic’s statements Serbia wants peace and compromise (ATV, RTRS)
Ambassador Nelson: USA remain dedicated to Dayton peace, but every constitution needs to be changed and adapted to new circumstances from time to time (Nezavisne)
B&H CEC organizes draw of political entities to determine order on ballot for local elections (Nova BH)
Dodik: Instead of sending congratulatory note with wish to cooperate with future Government of Montenegro, crying can be heard from Sarajevo in recent days due to the choice people of Montenegro have made in elections (ATV)
SPS leader Selak: Media and politicians in Sarajevo are undermining stability of Montenegro (Nezavisne)
Izetbegovic, SDP condemn incidents in Montenegro (FTV)

First discords within Montenegrin Opposition around the character of the new government (RTCG)
Challenges of the new government (CDM)
Djukanovic says his party is ready to be opposition in Montenegro, he will cooperate with new government (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

DUI’s Ahmeti leaves Pristina after testifying at Kosovo’s Special Court (MIA)
Our duty is to serve the citizens, PM Zaev tells ministers (MIA)
Gov’t will prioritize EU integration, implementation of reforms, PM Zaev tells EU ambassadors (MIA)

EU: Discussions on regulatory framework for Tirana and Skopje in September (Radio Tirana)
Rama: There is no sea agreement with Greece without the approval of the President (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 4

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• COVID-19: 78 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Hoti, Vucic to sign agreement with Trump in attendance (media)
• Hoti confirms there is consent for an agreement on Friday (RTK)
• O’Brien pleased with progress of discussions in Washington (media)
• Grenell denies Serbian minister’s recognition claims (Prishtina Insight)
• Vucic: Recognition of Kosovo is not on the agenda (media)
• Thaci: Kosovo to make courageous steps (media)
• Kurti: Delegation from Kosovo in a sightseeing tour of Washington (media)
• AP: Leaders of Kosovo, Serbia at White House for economic talks
• The Guardian: Donald Trump hopes for election boost from Kosovo-Serbia talks
• DW: In DC, US seeks to force new deal between Serbia and Kosovo
• LDK leader Mustafa against border change idea promoted by his deputy Haziri (Koha)
• Haradinaj reacts to Specialist Prosecutor’s summoning of former PM Ceku (media)

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