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Belgrade Media Report 19 October 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 19 October 2020


Brnabic: ZSO must be formed according to agreement, not as NGO (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Odalovic: Brussels has instruments to force Pristina to form ZSO (RTS)
Djuric: Serbia and US on the verge of possible redefining of relations (Politika)
Djukic Dejanovic: I don’t know anything about Socialists entering new government (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Vulin: It is in our interest for RS to progress and be successful and we only want peace, nothing more (ATV)
DNS abandons ruling coalition in the RS (ATV)
Other reactions to DNS decision to leave RS’ ruling coalition (BN TV)
Inzko claims that IC decided against further use of Bonn powers as it began new phase where responsibility is assigned to B&H political leaders and homemade solutions are preferred (Face TV)

Serbia and Croatia express readiness to improve relations (Hina)
Covic: Election Law needs to be changed by end of year as elections in Mostar are to be held on 20 December (HRT1)
PM says President will bring into question purpose of his office (Hina)

Bosniak Party: We won’t join the new govt due to ideological differences (CdM)
Djeka received Krivokapic’s invitation, final decision of coalition still pending (Dan)
Albanian list is offered tourism and human and minority rights departments (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski calls for leaders’ meeting over talks with Bulgaria; Zaev sees no need (Republika)
Dimitrov: Official start of EU talks – either joint achievement or joint failure (Republika)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 19, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 19, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 118 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Zemaj warns on stricter measures (media)
• Lajcak misinterpreted, constitutional changes apply to Belgrade as well (RFE)
• Horti: Government taking necessary steps to implement Washington Agreement (media)
• Kosovo marks the EU Anti-Trafficking Day (media)
• PDK MP writes public letter to Lajcak (media)
• Basha: Ahtisaari’s package is Kosovo’s compromise (T7, RTK)
• Thaci and Daka discuss election dates for Podujeva and North Mitrovica (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 11 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb-areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Radio kontakt plus)
• “ZSO must be formed as it was agreed” (Radio KIM)
• Odalovic: Brussels has instruments to make Pristina establish ZSO (RTS)
• Lavrov to visit Serbia later this month (N1)
• Dmitrijevic to Serbian journalists’ associations: “Novosti” daily jeopardized safety of SOC clergy and Serbs in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• UNS: Could truthful reporting jeopardize Serbs in Kosovo? (Kosovo-online)


• Kosovo Leaders Condemn Gun Attack on Journalist’s Car (Balkan Insight)
• ‘Easy Money’: Fake Forex and Fraudulent Balkan Call Centre (Balkan Insight)


• Epidemiologist Kon: Situation unfavorable, especially in Belgrade (Prva TV, N1)
• The “corona generation” is coming and it will not be good (DW, B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 19, 2020

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• COVID-19: 137 new cases, one death (media)
• Hoti calls for caution after increase in COVID-19 cases (media)
• Zemaj urges for implementation of COVID-19 preventive measures (media)
• Osmani: Battle against COVID-19 is not over (media)
• PDK, VV and SL to start talks for ousting Hoti government (Indeksonline)
• Vetevendosje doesn’t trust Hoti about the Association (media)
• Biden: A settlement that respects Kosovo’s territorial integrity (media)
• Hoti wants assault on reporter to be resolved (media)
• Journalist association condemns attack on Kajtazi in strongest terms (media)
• Jashari: Serbia, not Kosovo, must change its constitution (media)
• Serbia continues to invest in Mitrovica North, builds football field (Lajmi)

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