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Belgrade Media Report 12 October

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Vucic: Serbia prepared to discuss compromise, but not ultimatum (Beta)
Dacic: Security Council session on Kosovo and Metohija scheduled (Tanjug/Politika)
Vucic: Important decisions next week (Tanjug/B92)
Petkovic: Thaci not for dialogue, his signature not worth anything (Tanjug)
Lajcak: Brussels expects a far-reaching decision from Vučić on the Kosovo issue (FoNet)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Commissioner Varhelyi visits B&H (BHT1)
Izetbegovic: B&H is responsible for everything the EU criticized it in its Report (BHT1)
Dodik: B&H will not manage to centralize itself at expense of RS for sake of European path (RTRS)
Dodik: B&H will not be EU member if it means removing competencies from RS and transferring them to state-level (ATV)
Dodik: There can be no war in B&H; RS deserves recognition just like Kosovo does (ATV)
SDP B&H, NS, NiP and NBL submit request for no-confidence vote against SC government led by PM Nenadic (FTV)
There is no doubt that reshuffling of SC government will result in reorganizations in TC and ZDC (Dnevni avaz)

Pompeo in Dubrovnik warns Croatia against close ties with China (Hina)

Djukanovic – Varhelyi: Montenegro remains on its European path (CdM)
Jokovic and Knezevic: Participation in government should be in proportion to the election result (CdM)
Ibrahimovic: Bosniak Party members started consultations about entering new govt (Dan)

The majority changes unilaterally the Electoral Code (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 12, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 68 new cases, one death (media)
• Kosovo Assembly adopts law on economic recovery (media)
• Pacolli: Talks on president’s post not to take place at this time (Klan)
• Kosovo minister complains over trade barriers by Serbia (Koha/RTK)
• VV calls for announcement of local elections in Podujeve, Mitrovica North (media)
• In Kosovo, 40 persons convicted for war crimes (RFE)

Serbian Language Media:

• Three new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Radio kontakt plus)
• Lajcak: Vucic wonders whether the EU is offering a European perspective (FoNet, N1)
• RTS: Lajcak to visit Belgrade and Pristina
• Dacic: We are grateful to China for supporting sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia (Kosovo-online)
• 1,000 candles for Oliver Ivanovic for one thousand days of silence in Mitrovica North as well (KoSSev)
• Vucic: We’ll see if there will be extraordinary parliamentary elections in 2022 (BETA, N1)
• Petkovic: Once again Thaci has shown that he is essentially against dialogue (Kosovo Online, B92)
• Rakic and Szunyog visit northern municipalities (Radio Mitrovica sever)


• COVID-19 Crisis Could Slow Southeast Europe’s Economies for Years (Balkan Insight)
• In times like these anchored cooperation-bashkepunim-saradnja-suradnja-саработка-сарадња, takes on more importance (EWB)


• ‘A Hero Returns’: How Freed War Criminals are Glorified in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• Serbia cultivates both US and China in Balkans tug of war (Financial Times)
• Why the Kosovo Conflict Remains a Problem for the EU (The Washington Post)


• In pictures: Prishtina Pride Parade 2020 (Prishtina Insight)
• Pride Week: PM Hoti expresses government’s support for LGBTIQ+ members’ rights (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 12, 2020

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• COVID-19: 49 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Hoti: Second wave of COVID-19, a very serious threat (media)
• Zemaj: Increase in number of cases, result of failure to respect measures (media)
• Thaci: Kosovo – Serbia dialogue must conclude with mutual recognition (media)
• Lajcak: Form the Association of Serb-majority municipalities (media)
• Assembly to try for seventh time to pass economic recovery bill (media)
• EU foreign ministers to discuss Kosovo – Serbia dialogue on Monday (media)
• Kurti: No sustainable peace possible while Serbia hides mass graves (media)
• Mustafa: Rugova was arrested to damage him and LDK (media)
• Vucic to EU: Ready for compromise, not ultimatum, on Kosovo issue (media)
• Will White House Follow Through On Serbia-Kosovo Deal If Trump Wins Second Term? (RFE)

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