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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 16, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 104 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Zemaj: No lockdown, we will take tough measures to combat COVID-19 (Telegrafi)
• Osmani slams Lajcak’s statement calling it ‘concerning’ (media)
• Tahiri: Serbia to change its Constitution, not Kosovo (Klan/Kallxo)
• CDHRF: Lajcak inciting another war in Kosovo (media)
• Draft law on KLA values, dialogue resolution fail to pass Assembly (media)
• New U.S. troops to join NATO in Kosovo (media)
• Hoti: Kosovo to ban use of 5G equipment from untrusted sellers (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Djuric: Tahiri can change the constitution if she wins the elections in Serbia (Radio Mitrovica sever, Tanjug)
• Petkovic with Bocan-Kharchenko on Belgrade – Pristina dialogue (RTS)
• Petkovic with Lajcak: European Union’s ability as a mediator being tested (RTS)
• “If true, it was done behind Belgrade’s back and means betrayal by the EU” (B92, Sputnik)
• Vucic: This is a plan that is little talked about in the Serbian public (Tanjug, B92)
• “For eight years I have been listening about Vucic preparing to betray Kosovo” (B92, Vecernje Novosti)
• Father Sava: The priest from the video has nothing to do with the Diocese (KiM radio)
• Redzepi: I expect elections in a month and a half (RTK)
• EIB helping revive Serbian railways, regional office chief says (Beta, N1)
• Unclear whether Bosnian Presidency voted against recognition of Kosovo (N1)


• Pribicevic: Albanian side missed its momentum in dialogue with Serbia (N1, Kontakt plus radio)
• Thousand Days After: Why the Murder of Oliver Ivanovic Should Be Brought to an International Tribunal? (KoSSev, zorancicak blog)


• Brussels Vows to Settle Kosovo Serb Municipal Association’s Status (Balkan Insight)
• The EU needs a step-by-step integration plan for the Western Balkans (emerging-europe.com)
• Serbia expects Russian foreign minister’s visit soon — president (TASS)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 October

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Vucic: Serbia ready to resume talks with Pristina whenever Lajcak schedules meeting (RTS/Tanjug/Beta/Politika/B92)
Petkovic to Lajcak: EU’s ability as a mediator to be tested (RTS)
Petkovic, Botsan-Kharchenko meeting (RTS)
Drecun: Negotiations with Pristina in deep coma phase (RTS)
For eight years I have been listening about Vucic is preparing to betray Kosovo (Novosti)
RS is state even without chair in UN (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: B&H Presidency has taken stance that B&H does not recognize independence of Kosovo; Dzaferovic, Komsic deny this information (N1)
Izetbegovic sends letter to international officials warning that HDZ B&H leader Covic is presenting things in B&H in distorted way (Hayat)
Dzaferovic: Nothing will ever be solved regarding B&H outside B&H and its institutions (Hayat)
EC condemns naming of streets in B&H after ‘prominent members of Ustasha movement’ (Oslobodjenje)
Court of B&H abolishes decision of B&H CEC that annulled verification of candidature of ‘United Srpska’ and Stevandic (Nova BH)
Pre-election campaign in B&H begins on Friday (FTV)

Milanovic: B&H needs equality of all peoples, Bosniaks cannot elect two members of B&H Presidency (HRT1)
Minister Lavrov to visit Croatia 27 October (Hina)

Parties submit their proposals for the departments they are interested in (Dan)
Djeljosaj: Principles are more important than positions in the government (RTCG)
Abazovic: If someone doesn’t want to be part of the government, well that’s a pity (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE protest: Stop the abuse of EU funds (Republika)
Zaev again offers to visit Bulgaria (Republika)


Serbia expects Russian foreign minister’s visit soon — president (TASS)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 October

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Vucic: ZSO must not be reduced to NGO (RTS/Beta)
Vucic: Serbia will never join NATO nor impose sanctions on Russia (TASS/Tanjug/Beta)
Petkovic: Serbs will not be on-duty culprits in Kosovo and Metohija (Politika)
Drecun: Dialogue in deep coma, Lajcak to clarify his position (TV Pink/RTV)
Game Changer From Washington (CorD)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Izetbegovic: Belgrade meeting portrays support to SNSD and HDZ B&H for their policies (BHT1)
Islamic Community of B&H criticizes meetings of Serb and Croat political leaders without equal participation of Bosniaks (Hayat)
‘United Srpska’ Presidency expects Court of B&H to pass decision upon party’s complaint on B&H CEC’s sanction against ‘United Srpska’ by Friday (N1)
OSCE Head: We’re aware of numerous irregularities in B&H election process (N1)
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to pay visit to B&H at end of October (Nova BH)

Buric: Ambassador of Serbia is mixing up roles (CdM)
Medojevic: URA has formed a huge capital that wants to prevent reforms (Nova M)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski denies report that Bulgaria asked Macedonia to amend its Constitution (Republika)

Ruci receives new UN Coordinator: We encourage initiative to resolve issues in the Western Balkans (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 16, 2020

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• COVID-19: 77 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Thaci: Association will be established; no executive competencies (media)
• Hoti warns of early elections if there is no agreement on President (media)
• Hoti: Association is a closed issue, we entered dialogue only for recognition (media)
• Osmani: I will start a civic initiative with new faces (media)
• LDK leader publishes Mogherini’s letter on Association (media)
• VV’s Haxhiu reacts to Mustafa regarding Mogherini’s letter (media)
• “Lajcak same as Belgrade, wants Association without final agreement” (media)
• Vucic, Lajcak: Dialogue continues, implementation of agreements (N1)
• Bosnia Presidency Fails to Agree on Recognition of Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• Minister Krasniqi calls on CEFTA to drop “UNMIK-Kosovo” tag (RTK/Telegrafi)
• PM Hoti meets UN Kosovo Team (media)
• Venice Commission rebuts statements about receiving draft law on government (Koha)

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