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Belgrade Media Report 21 October 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 21 October 2020


UN Secretary-General: Kosovo’s Thaci, Veseli obstruct Specialist Court’s work (FoNet)
Vucic: Parliamentary elections to be held on 3 April at the latest (Tanjug)
Brnabic: I expect full implementation of Brussels agreement (RTS)
Dacic: It is an honor to be at the helm of the parliament (Sputnik/RTV/NSPM)
Mali: I will remain finance minister (TV Prva/RTV)
Milivojevic: Vucic announces early vote even before new government is formed (Nova S/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Biden presents plan for US’ relations with B&H (FTV)
Biden’s team is full of people from Clinton’s administration who built their careers on myths of Serbs as genocidal people (Glas Srpske)
Izetbegovic and Erdogan discuss situation in the region, relations between B&H and Turkey (Dnevni list)
DNS leader Nesic leaves Serb caucus in parliament of B&H (EuroBlic)
US, Italian and UK embassies comment increased number of reports about election malversations and frauds (Dnevni avaz)

Plenkovic: Milanovic’s behavior is bizarre (Hina)
Croatia expects North Macedonia to open EU accession talks by year’s end (Hina)

Members of Administrative Committee elected, Zogovic named as new chair (CdM)
Patriotic Association of Montenegro: Albanians again defended Montenegro (CdM)
Becic: Initiatives aiming to change country’s national symbols won’t be launched (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: The Macedonian language is me, the Macedonian language is you, the Macedonian language is all of us (Republika)

Rama in a joint press conference with Greek Foreign Minister Dendias (Radio Tirana)
Opposition pushes for abolition of Albania-Greece War Law (ADN)
Courts in total dysfunction: reform effects take a heavy toll (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 21, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 21, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Minister of Health: 124 new cases of COVID – 19, no deaths (media)
• Hoti: We have taken over the government at the worst situation (RTK)
• Hoti justifies dismissals of heads of Police, KTA and Customs (RTK)
• “Pausing from membership bids, so we don’t fail in the future” (media)
• Rohde reacts to disbanding of Anti-Corruption Task Force (media)
• NISMA and AKR with a joint parliamentary group (media)
• Tahiri invites the U.S. to open defense department office in Kosovo (RTK)
• Haxhiu: Vetevendosje members are being accused without facts (media)
• Kosovo’s Ambassador to France reacts amid threats (media)
• Budget committee doesn’t adopt economic recovery bill (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 17 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Security Council today on the report of the UN Secretary General on Kosovo (media)
• Vucic: Elections latest by April 3, 2022, Dacic Assembly Speaker (RTS)
• Brnabic: Authorities face risk with early elections (BETA, N1)
• Reactions to Serbia’s early vote (N1)
• Djilas: Vucic admitted that boycott succeeded (Danas)
• BETA’s editor: Vucic starts campaign for early vote in Serbia he sets for 2022 (N1)
• Vucic and Medvedev on Moscow-Belgrade relations, coronavirus pandemic (N1)
• Djuric: Future government will deal with protection of state and national interests in Kosovo (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Where is Biden’s plan for Serbia? (B92)
• Hoti: No ZSO with executive powers (KIM radio, RTV Puls)


• Vucic Announced New Elections Even Before New Government Constitution (Balkan Insight)


• BSF: Western Balkans is influenced by strong anti-Western narratives (EWB)
• EU-Western Balkans: Time is of the essence (eureporter.co)


• New UN gender study: Women ‘far from having an equal voice to men’ (news.un.org, N1)
• Andjelka Cup received award for reporting on poverty (Radio KIM)
• Kon: Face mask and physical distance – 99 pct protection (N1)
• Coronavirus second wave: Which countries in Europe are experiencing a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases? (euronews.com)
• For Kosovo’s Judo Stars, Medals Must Wait (Balkan Insight)
• EU commissioner advocates joint migration management with Western Balkans (N1, Hina)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 21, 2020

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• COVID-19: 130 new cases, one death (media)
• SPO: Thaci trying to abolish Specialist Chambers (media)
• U.S. officials: Economic agreements don’t replace political talks (media)
• Mustafa: Association is a closed topic (RTK)
• “If we don’t have agreement on President, we’ll go to new elections” (media)
• Haradinaj: Easier to replace Lajcak than change the constitution (media)
• Caplan: Association may destabilise Kosovo (media)
• Ceku: President’s decision on elections in Podujevo, strange (KTV)
• EU: We are studying decision to dissolve anti-corruption task force (Koha)
• Hearing session for Salih Mustafa confirmed for October 28 (media)
• Foreign Ministry to declare on Ambassador’s case today (Klan Kosova)
• Serbia mulls Russian Defense Ministry presence (AP)

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