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Belgrade Media Report 2 October 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 2 October 2020


Djuric: Hoti’s provocations must not remain without an EU response (RTS/RTV/Politika)
Komsic accuses Dacic of advocating Serb-Croat unity in fight against B&H; Dacic slams Komsic and says he is grandson of Chetnik with identity crisis (Politika)
Mihajlovic: UN strong partner in gender equality (Tanjug/RTS)
Time To Bring The Process To An End (CorD)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Varhelyi presents draft Economic and Investment Plan for Western Balkans (RTRS)
All participants of Brussels talks satisfied with results (FTV)
Messages coming from Brussels are encouraging (ATV)
Inzko: I agree with US Ambassador, B&H Constitution needs to be updated (Dnevni avaz)

Milanovic slams Izetbegovic over recent visit to Zagreb (HRT)

Vulin is openly promoting Greater Serbia (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

Bulgaria moves to solidify its claim on Ss. Cyril and Methodius (Republika)

United opposition’s proposal to SP: OSCE / ODIHR should be accepted as a mechanism for resolving disputes (Radio Tirana)
MP Hajdari proposes Political Council meetings’ boycott until lists’ opening (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 2, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 2, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 42 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Zemaj: COVID-19 situation stable, we are preparing for autumn and winter (Telegrafi)
• Prime ministers Hoti and Rama address joint Kosovo-Albania meeting (media)
• Kosovo, Albania sign cooperation agreements (media)
• Thaci discusses dialogue with Lajcak (media)
• Kosovo appoints chargé d’affaires to Israel (media)
• President Thaci meets Ombudsperson Qelaj (media)
• Swiss authorities arrest three Kosovo citizens for alleged ties with terrorism (RFE)

Serbian Language Media:

• Two cases of Covid-19 in Serbian communities in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Russia takes over presidency of the UN Security Council, puts Kosovo on the UN agenda (Tanjug, B92, TASS)
• Djuric: Hoti’s provocations mustn’t remain without EU’s response (RTS)
• Boehler: DFC committed to Balkan’s development, China brings neocolonialism (Beta, N1)
• EU’s Várhelyi: New international players in Western Balkans challenge for bloc (Beta, N1)
• Wesley Clark: Serbia-Kosovo agreement useful only with reduced influence of China and Russia (Danas, VoA)
• Varhelyi: EU’s strategic interest is to bring W. Balkan countries closer (N1)
• Milic to Haxhiu: There is no single court verdict or indictment for genocide in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Serbian ministers not taking part in joint session of Kosovo and Albanian governments (Kosovo-online)
• Hodzic: Demolition of illegally constructed shops in North Mitrovica is suspended (Kosovo-online)


• Vucic and Dodik Have Every Reason to Dread a Biden Presidency (Balkan Insight)
• Serbia is Playing With Fire, Delivering Arms to Armenia (Balkan Insight)


• Kosovo: Trying for a normal life in a divided city (Deutsche Welle)
• Kosovo War Veterans’ Leader Challenges Arrest at Hague Court (Balkan Insight)


• Serbia gets first reading room for blind persons (N1, FoNet)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 2, 2020

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• COVID-19: 43 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Mutual recognition end goal of dialogue, Hoti tells Lajcak (media)
• Lajcak: Time To Bring The Process To An End (CorD)
• Agenda of Kosovo-Albania governments meeting revealed (media)
• Trump writes to Rama, thanks him for supporting Washington Agreement (RTK)
• Boehler: Kosovo, Serbia showed commitment towards economic normalisation (Koha)
• Maas: We are working on visa liberalisation for Kosovo (DW/Kallxo)
• Kosovo’s foreign minister invited to visit Israel (media)
• Kraja: Washington Agreement cannot be described as ‘historic’ (Klan)
• Gucati makes first appearance before Specialist Chambers (media)
• Klinaku: Specialist Chambers’ mandate has run out, we will address court (Telegrafi)
• Ombudsperson calls for suspension of decision to expel Kurti’s former advisor (Kallxo)

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