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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 16, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 16, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 76 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Hoti: There will never be an association with executive competencies (media)
• Thaci: no one has mandate to speak on behalf of Kosovo on already closed topics (media)
• Pacolli: Thaci should call on PDK to bring down Hoti’s government (RTK)
• GLPS: Hoti’s government failed to create unity of political spectrum (media)
• Minister Haradinaj to visit Netherlands, skeptical state on visa liberalization (RTK)
• “Kosovo is not a Muslim country, but a country with Muslim majority” (Alsat)
• Violence against women: Political activists disrupt Kosovo PM Hoti’s speech (Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• Two newly infected with Covid-19 in Serb areas, eight people recovered (Kontakt plus radio)
• US DFC, EXIM Bank express interest in financing Nis-Pristina highway (N1)
• Von der Leyen: Future of Western Balkans in European Union (N1)
• Marko Djuric to take over as Serbia’s ambassador in Washington (N1, nova.rs)
• Vucic: Serbs, united and unanimous, can overcome all adversities (B92)
• Djuric tomorrow in Brussels on ZSO and property (Kosovo-online)
• UNS: Kosovo police banned journalists to report on desecration of church in Babin Most (Danas)
• New Israeli Ambassador to Serbia welcomes White House Agreements (N1)


• “America made a time bomb on European soil,” and it’s in Serbia (B92, Sputnik)
• Diplomacy is not “The Apprentice”. Serbia-Kosovo issue requires A long-term commitment (neweasterneurope.eu)


• The Western Balkans: Between the EU and a hard place (balkancrossroads.com)
• Kosovo President Thaci Hires US Diplomat as Consultant (Balkan Insight)
• US Signs Pledges on Building Serbia-Kosovo ‘Peace Highway’ (Balkan Insight)
• Israel’s deal with Kosovo, Serbia is diplomatic charade (Asia Times)


• International Democracy Day: UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations recalls ”OpisMEDIJavanje” campaign and fight against misinformation (KoSSev)
• Serbian citizens still not allowed free entry into EU (B92, Tanjug)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 16 September 2020


Vucic and Macleod on dialogue and cooperation (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Letters of Interest signed between DFC, EXIM, Belgrade and Pristina (RTS)
Grenell: Talks were difficult, Vucic is a tough negotiator (Beta/Serbian Radio Chicago)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H HoR holds session (N1)
RS and Serbia mark Day of Serb Unity (RTRS)
Dzaferovic will reject initiative on ‘Mini Schengen’, under explanation this could lead to losing of B&H’s sovereignty (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik to pay visit to Zagreb; Dzaferovic: This is private visit (Oslobodjenje)
Momcilo Krajisnik dies due to Covid-19 (RTRS)
Komsic: Krajisnik is one of biggest criminals in history of Europe (O kanal/Nova BH)

Talks over the formation of the new government should start today (Dan)
DF wants posts of heads of security services (Dnevne novine)
The Church does not plan to form the government of Montenegro (N1/RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

North Macedonia parliament gets parliamentary caucuses (MIA)
New gov’t committed to comprehensive fight against crime, says Nikolovski (MIA)
Open lists in local elections a test for parliamentary polls: minister (MIA)
VMRO-DPMNE stages protest ‘For EU, for Macedonia, for Goce Delchev (MIA)

Issues discussed in Rama-Mitsotakis meeting disclosed (Radio Tirana)
President pushes for swift implementation of Electoral Code Changes (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 16

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• COVID-19: 71 new cases, one death (media)
• Thaci warns of danger from Thursday’s meeting in Brussels (media)
• PM’s advisor dismisses Thaci’s warnings about Brussels meeting (Klan)
• Netanyahu to Kosovo people: I extend the hand of friendship (media)
• Haradinaj-Stublla accuses Vucic for breach of agreement (media)
• Osmani: Wrong for closed issues to be readdressed with Serbia (media)
• Konjufca: Serbia, not the U.S., drafted parts of Washington agreement (Klan)
• Kosovo conditions Serbia on Association: Implementation after recognition (RFE)
• Hoti to discuss Washington Agreement with civil society (RTK)
• Limaj requests from opposition to be part of dialogue with Serbia (RTK)
• Letters of intent signed in Washington for construction of new highway (media)

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