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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 24, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 24, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 63 new cases, no fatal cases (media)
• Kosovo war crimes court at The Hague confirms first arrest (media)
• EULEX: We provided operational and logistic support to the SPO (RTK)
• Hoti does not know if Kosovo-Serbia meeting will take place (Koha)
• Osmani writes to her Israeli counterpart about start of cooperation (RTK)
• Hoti: President to be discussed in February 2021 (RTK)
• Hoti: Railway also to be discussed at the meeting of two governments (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• SPO arrests Salih Mustafa (media)
• Witnesses in proceedings relating to war crimes in former Yugoslavia must be effectively protected and supported (Council of Europe, media)
• EC: We never announced that a meeting in Brussels would be held on September 28 (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Ready for talks, ZSO inevitable topic (Kosovo-online)
• Second round of dialogue in Brussels canceled due to Pristina? (Tanjug, B92)
• Vucic: For the first time division of Gazivode is talked about, which is good for Serbia (Kosovo-online)
• The head of the DFC Belgrade office in Pristina today (Kosovo Online, RTV Puls)
• Ellis: Leak of confidential documents from The Hague could jeopardize the work of the court (Kontakt plus radio, RFE)
• Vucic tells UN GA Serbia won’t accept humiliating solution for Kosovo (Beta, N1)
• Spanish MFA: We will not change stance on Kosovo (N1)
• Belgrade daily: Proposal to pull out of peace operations to Serbian Foreign Ministry (N1)


• Serwer and Bieber: Washington Agreement not a major step towards normalization, will be forgotten in US soon (EWB)


• Kosovo President Warns Leaked Hague Court Files Harm Indictees (Balkan Insight)
• Ukraine accepts Kosovo passports – Deputy FM Bodnar (unian.info)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 24 September 2020


Vucic: Serbia will never agree to humiliations (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Possible postponement of second round of dialogue in Brussels over Pristina? (Tanjug)
Schieb: Joksimovic failed to mention that new chapters can be opened only if there is progress (Blic)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Prosecutor’s Office of B&H forms case as response to disclosure of identity of protected witness in case ‘Josipovic et al.’ involving RS PM Viskovic (BHT1)
Dzaferovic addresses UN General Assembly: Illegal migrations in B&H are big problem; Dayton can be changed only with wide political consensus (Hayat)
Sattler: It would be right decision if B&H became part of Mini Schengen initiative (Glas Srpske)

Aleksa Becic appointed president of the parliament of Montenegro (CdM)
Abazovic: We accept proposals for the president of the parliament and prime minister-designate (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Parliament elected deputy ministers in the government (Libertas)
VMRO-DPMNE protests (Republika)

Albania & Greece PMs meet in Athens, agree to resolve issues (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 September

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Brnabic: New era in relations between Serbia and US (RTS)
Vucic: Serbia had not had such an important agreement with the US since 1881 (Tanjug)
Dacic: We will not be able to resolve Kosovo issue only with economy, a solution is in some combination of Dayton agreement and agreement from Washington (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

SNS MP Drecun: Komsic and Dzaferovic’s voting for independence of Kosovo in B&H Presidency opens issue of organization of B&H, i.e. future status of RS (Glas Srpske)
Serbian FM Dacic: Political representatives of Bosniaks and Croats in B&H work directly against their interests by voting for Kosovo independence, they thus eliminate arguments against RS’ independence (FTV)
Zvizdic: ‘Mini Schengen’ is important initiative it should be preceded by solving of open issues between member states and should also result in relaxation of political relations (Dnevni avaz)
Attacks on Viskovic resume (ATV)

Mandic: New parliamentary majority to be formed on Wednesday, minority parties can join as well (CdM)
Serbian Orthodox Church involves in negotiations, DF and URA aspire to same departments (CdM)
Medojevic didn’t want to meet with Abazovic: I won’t respond to Misko Perovic’s blackmail (CdM)
DF officials and members to their leaders: Don’t let Dritan blackmail you (CdM)
Krivokapic: I hope we will all be aware that we need to go out in front of people (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev to Bartholomew: Orthodox population in country deserve church independence and autocephalous MOC-OA (MIA)
VMRO schedules a major protest against SDSM corruption and mafia attacks (Republika)

Electoral reform, opposition seeks assistance from OSCE/ODHIR (Tirana Times)
British Ambassador Norman: 5 June agreement should not be changed; it should continue in a transparent manner (Radio Tirana)


Serbia’s Vucic plays down hopes for quick political deal with Kosovo (Reuters)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 24

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• COVID-19: 62 new cases, one death (media)
• Thaci warns publication of “SPO files” could harm possible indictees’ case (media)
• “Information leak could undermine the work of Specialist Chambers” (RFE)
• Gashi: Communication of Specialist Chambers with Serbia can be published (T7/RTK)
• Opposition, EU undermine Serbia-Kosovo Washington deal (Balkan Insight)
• Meeting between Hoti and Vucic could be postponed (Radio Free Europe)
• Meeting of Kosovo, Albania governments postponed (media)
• Ukrainian diplomat signals possible recognition of Kosovo (Koha/Telegrafi)
• PM Hoti holds virtual meeting with EU ambassadors (media)
• Tahiri: Hoti is not concerned at all if we leave the coalition (Kanal 10/RTK)
• Ruling coalition MP admits they don’t have majority of votes in Assembly (Koha)
• Ymeri: Trump holding same line as Serbia (media)

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