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Belgrade Media Report 13 October 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 13 October 2020


Brnabic: Serbia continues to work on further improving overall relations with China (Tanjug)
Vucic thanks China for supporting Serbia’s territorial integrity (RTS/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Serbs will leave Pristina institutions if ZSO is not formed (RTS/Tanjug)
Djuric: Pristina investing huge efforts to suspend dialogue (RTS)
Odalovic: Serbia not hiding mass graves (Tanjug/Kosovo Online)
Borrell: Reaching an agreement is a matter of months, not years (FoNet)
Russia: We expect a clear reaction from the EU on the intention of “erasing broders” between Albania and so-called Kosovo (RTV/Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Covic and Dodik meet Vucic in Belgrade; Covic: Meeting represents continuation of regional talks on EU integration and economic recovery of Western Balkans, as well as 25th anniversary of DPA (FTV)
Izetbegovic on Vucic’s meeting with Dodik and Covic: I would have gone to meet with Vucic if he had invited me, Zagreb and Belgrade should not intervene towards B&H (FTV)
FB&H entity Vice President: Dodik, Covic continue denying Bosnian institutions (N1)
EU FMs express unequivocal support to EU perspective of B&H, call on political subjects in B&H to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric during pre-election period (RTRS)

Grlic Radman to request EU foreign ministers’ discussion on Western Balkans (Hina)

Krivokapic soon to set up the Christian Democratic Party? (Dnevne novine)
Vujovic: Krivokapic may consolidate SDP if he wants to (Pobjeda)

Meta calls PM to resign (ADN)
Rama calls on President to decree changes of Electoral Code (Radio Tirana)
Rama-Merkel discuss Albania’s progress on EU Integration (ADN)
Meta: No EU talks’ opening without respecting 5 June agreement (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 13, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 13, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 98 new cases, one death (media)
• EU Special Representative Lajcak to arrive in Kosovo today (Gazeta Express)
• Government to Lajcak’s question on Association shortly before his arrival in Kosovo (Express)
• To Russia, thesis of removing borders between Albania and Kosovo is alarming (Koha)
• France fades Kosovo hopes for visa liberalisation any time soon (Express)
• Hoti receives new U.S. Military Attaché Stephen Rose (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• If Pristina continues blocking ZSO, Serbs announce possibility of leaving all Kosovo institutions (Kosovo-online)
• Várhelyi: Boosting and connecting the Western Balkans on the EU path (N1)
• EU envoy Lajcak makes first report on the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue to foreign ministers (N1)
• Djuric: Pristina makes efforts to suspend dialogue (Radio KIM)
• Grubjesic: Lajcak to convince Pristina establish ZSO and continue dialogue (TV Most)
• “1000 candles” lit in Ivanovic’s honor in Belgrade and North Mitrovica (KoSSev)
• Srebrenica Mothers: Serbian FM threatens all who speak of mass graves in Serbia (N1)
• Odalovic: Serbia does not hide mass graves; we checked everything that was asked of us (Kosovo Online)
• Senior German diplomat says region’s problems can no longer be put off (N1, BETA)


• Ring them Bells (EWB)


• Balkan Govts Mull Tightened Rules as COVID-19 Cases Rise (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 13, 2020

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• COVID – 19: 68 new cases, one death (media)
• Hoti: There will never be a technical dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Lajcak: EU remains biggest investor in the Balkans (media)
• Government rules out talks on Association on eve of Lajcak visit (Koha)
• Borrell: Kosovo and Serbia can reach an agreement within months (media)
• Hamza: We’re not bringing down government as we don’t have votes (media)
• Hoxhaj: Hoti government has no idea how to lead dialogue (media)
• Hoti has telephone conversation with Greek PM Mitsotakis (media)
• Serbs mark 1,000 days from killing of moderate Kosovo Serb politician (Reuters)

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