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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 23, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 23, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 169 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Szunyog: Kosovo and Serbia should make constitutional amendments (media)
• Selimi: European Union, Kosovo’s priority and strategic goal (media)
• Haradinaj withdraws slightly from the issue of future president (Express)
• CEC decides on five day election campaign in Podujeva (RTK)
• The government requests from the thieves return of 2.1 million euros (media)
• Suspect pleads not guilty for abuse of Kosovo’s treasury (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• Specialist Chambers: The indictment against Thaci and Veseli remains confidential (Kosovo Online)
• Borell and EULEX to submit opinion on Thaci’s proposal to change the mandate of the Specialist Chambers by November 2 (KoSSev)
• Serbian Parliament Speaker: UNMIK to continue implementing its mandate (BETA, N1)
• Borrell: WB leaders should refrain from statements that add political divisions (Tanjug, Kosovo Online, N1)
• Vucic: Things more complicated than how Pristina imagines them (RTS)
• “Gone are the days when everything was decided by Russia and the United States” (B92, Tanjug)
• Lavrov canceled visit to Zagreb, but not Belgrade (B92)
• Grubjesic: Stance of German Ambassador Heusgen can’t be stance of EU (Vecernje Novosti, Kosovo-online)
• Mihajlovic: Albanian politicians should not hinder the projects from the Washington agreement (Kontakt plus radio, Kosovo Online)
• Invitations to Belgrade and Pristina to join PTEC as observers (Kontakt plus radio)
• Stano: Serbia expected ‘to progressively align its policies with EU’ (N1)
• US Energy Department delegation visits Belgrade (N1, Kosovo-online)


• Kosovo Minister Under Pressure Over Cash Stolen from Budget (Balkan Insight)
• BSF: Stability, security and prosperity of the WB closely linked to the EU (EWB)


• In Montenegro, Hopes Fade for News of the Wartime Missing (Balkan Insight)
• UN chief says G20 leaders must coordinate to fight COVID-19 (AP)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 October 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 23 October 2020


Dacic: UNMIK to continue implementing its mandate (Beta)
Vucic: Things are more complicated than Pristina imagines (RTS/Tanjug)
Lajcak: Solution will be painful compromise (RTS/Tanjug)
Dacic: With Vucic it was not “take it or it leave it” (RTS/Tanjug)
Varhelyi says EU unconditionally committed to integration of Western Balkans (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Essence of talks and meeting between RS leadership and Lavrov will take place in Istocno Sarajevo (ATV)
Kavalec: B&H authorities, including CEC and Prosecutor’s Office, have to respond to reported election irregularities (Dnevni avaz)
B&H Prosecutor’s Office raises indictments against OSA’s Mehmedagic, Pekic (RTRS)

Ministry of Interior goes to DF, justice to Democrats and URA gets defense (Dan)
Medojevic: If Movement for Changes does not get vice-president’s position, we’ll think about entering the government (CdM)
Husovic: Abazovic will soon realize that he is in more unfavorable situation than Bosniak party (Antena M)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev sees no reason to resign if there is a Bulgarian veto (Republika)
Ramadani: NATO should react to Karakachanov’s threat to Macedonia (Kanal 5)

Albania first Muslim majority state to adopt IHRA Antisemitism Definition (ADN)
EU welcomes Albania’s resolution against antisemitism (ADN)
US: IHRA Antisemitism Definition continues Albania’s anti-hatred tradition (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 October

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Dacic: Pristina deceived both Serbia and EU (Tanjug)
Brnabic acting foreign minister (FoNet/RTV/NSPM)
Petkovic: Compromise solution for the Kosovo problem (RTS)
DFC: US knows normalization of Belgrade-Pristina relations cannot happen without resolution of political issues (Nedeljnik/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

US Ambassador Nelson says B&H citizens must be agents of change (O kanal)
German Embassy: Elections have to be in line with international standards (Dnevni avaz)
Inzko to submit his semi- annual report (Dnevni avaz)

EU Human Rights Commissioner calls on Croatia to stop violence against migrants (Hina)

The majority of minority parties rejected Krivokapic (CdM)
Armed Forces of Montenegro will not give up on the exercise on Sinjajevina (CdM)

Albania- Greece relations: New positive dynamics (Tirana Times)
EC welcomes decision on maritime border issue (ADN)


Economic Agreement, Resumed Talks between Belgrade, Pristina, Mark Important Steps towards Reconciliation in Kosovo, Mission Head Tells Security Council (UN Press Release)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 23, 2020

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• COVID-19: 159 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kosovo-Serbia dialogue discussed at the Belgrade Security Forum (Koha)
• Belgrade-Pristina: No clear vision of the compromise (BSF)
• Kurti says Washington agreement is unimplementable (RTK)
• U.S. committed to ensure success of Washington agreement (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo PM Hoti to visit North Macedonia today (media)
• VV calls Hoti to report about abolishment of anti-corruption task force (media)
• UK concerned over dissolving of anti-corruption task force (Koha)
• New Testimony Emerging on Kosovo Activist’s Death, Dehari Lawyer Says (Balkan Insight)
• Serb police block right-wing disruption of event with Kosovo (AP)

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