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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 17, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:
• COVID – 19 report: Three deaths, 43 new cases (media)
• EU: Kosovo must propose way to implement Association (media)
• War Veterans hand over files to Specialist Chambers officials (Indeksonline)
• Gashi: Indictment shouldn’t be confirmed; it would damage Kosovo! (media)
• Limaj: EU must keep its word on visa liberalisation for Kosovo (media)
Serbian Language Media:
• Komsic and Dzaferovic voted for BiH to recognize Kosovo, Dodik was, as expected, against (Tanjug, B92, Klix.ba)
• Stano: Kosovo has international obligation to implement CSM (Tanjug)
• EP Rapporteur Viola von Cramon: Serbia should show more commitment to EU (N1)
• Bilcik: Serbia didn’t open any chapter with EU in 2020 – that speaks for itself (N1)
• Fr. Sava: It is deplorable that media are still spreading rabid nationalism and ethnic and religious hatred (KoSSev)
• Polish Ambassador: Serbia and region should quickly enter European family (N1)
• Trial of Krstic and Shabani continues (Radio KIM)
• Trajkovic: Djuric to lobby for Vucic in Washington (Danas)
• Schools in Serb areas in Kosovo to commence work on Monday (KoSSev)
• Where are the women? (EWB)
• How Trump’s Balkan Deal Might Harm Israel (algemeiner.com)
• Will Kosovo and Serbia establish embassies in Jerusalem? Not if the EU has its way (jns.org)
• What did Serbia and Kosovo sign in Washington? (EWB)
• Kosovo President Savages Govt’s ‘Grave Mistakes’ in Serbia Talks (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo’s Human Capital Index Lower Than Regional Average, but Higher Than Average for Its Income Group (miragenews.com)
• Ditching Dinars: Will the Balkans Take to Cryptocurrency? (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 September

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Lajcak: Financial issues on agenda of Belgrade-Pristina technical talks (Beta)
Djuric: First topic on agenda in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue in Brussels will be the Community of Serb municipalities (Tanjug)
EU message to Pristina: You have commitment… (Tanjug/B92)
Vilan: Technically we haven’ recognized Kosovo, but that is part of the reached in Washington (Tanjug/RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik pays visit to Zagreb, meets with Milanovic and Plenkovic (RTRS)
Dodik: Croatia wants peace and stability in B&H, but it also wants to protect rights of Croats (ATV)
Dzaferovic: Move of Croatian officials will strain the relations between the two countries (Hayat)
Komsic: Besides Lukashenko, Milanovic is only president of one country that held bilateral meeting with Dodik (O kanal)
Izetbegovic: Dodik has been conducting policy of destabilization, divisions, secessionism, and blockade of Euro-Atlantic path of B&H (FTV)
Izetbegovic and Covic meet to discuss changes of Election Law, fail to reach concrete agreement (FTV)
Cavara: SDA wants to control Croat Caucus in FB&H House of Peoples (Vecerlji list)
US and Germany support the initiative of ‘Mini Schengen’; Dzaferovic says initiative cannot get ‘green light’ (Dnevni avaz)

President: Croatia will not support unilateral revision of Dayton Agreement (HRT)

Abazovic: Krivokapic as prime minister is acceptable to me (CdM)
Krivokapic: New agreement in preparation, it will encompass abolition of the Law on Freedom of Religion (TVCG/Njezagaj)
Djeka: We were in coalition with URA (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev-Tsipras: Prespa Agreement not only solved name row, ensures long-term strategic partnership (MIA)
Dimitrov: Expecting support and assistance from Greece on European path (MIA)
Grubi, Tahiri discuss North Macedonia-Kosovo motorway and border crossings (MIA)

Rama: Greece has a right to expand its territorial waters (Tirana Times)


S&D MEPs and opposition parties in Serbia call for renewal of EP-mediated dialogue (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 17

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• COVID-19: 76 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Kosovo, Serbia to hold new meeting in Brussels today (media)
• Lajcak: We will discuss mutual financial claims on Thursday (media)
• “Thaci trying to block Brussels dialogue through opposing Association” (Koha)
• Selmanaj: We are obliged to form the Association (T7)
• LVV calls Thaci’s position on Association ‘hypocrisy’ (Koha)
• Djuric rebuts Hoti: Association will be discussed tomorrow (RTK)
• Mustafa: If AAK conditions President post, we’ll go to elections (media)
• Krasniqi: PDK backed Hoti in U.S., hoping he’ll bring mutual recognition (media)
• Trajkovic: Washington agreement, a political earthquake for Vucic (N1, RTK)
• KLA associations claim they received more documents (media)
• Israel’s deal with Kosovo and Serbia is window-dressing by Trump and Netanyahu (Times Now)

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