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Belgrade Media Report 26 October

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Brnabic releases names of ministers in new government of Serbia (Tanjug)
Vucic: The decision was not unanimous; Belgrade will not leave the dialogue with Pristina (B92/Beta)
Dacic: You don’t count me in? Listen to me carefully… (TV Prva/B92)
Botsan-Kharchenko and Dacic on Lavrov’s visit (RTV/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Important role of OSCE Mission in Kosovo in creating safe environment (RTS/Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Stevandic thanks Vucic for Serbia’s aid to RS (Dnevni list)
Colak: Formation of FB&H government and changes to Election Law require partnership and trust (Nezavisne)
Dodik: Biden is Serb-hater, Serbs support Trump (ATV)
‘Vision of Joe Biden for America’s relationship with B&H’ sparks reactions (RTRS)
State Department criticizes B&H authorities, but US government’s aid will not be suspended for another year (Dnevni avaz)
Palmer: B&H is not moving forward on its European path in any meaningful way until it does something fundamental to address the problems of public corruption (FTV)
Borrell: Western Balkan political leaders should refrain from any statements that could contribute to political divisions and negatively impact good-neighborly relations (N1)

Grlic Radman: Equality of peoples in B&H is guarantee of security (Jutarnji list)
Bickering between Milanovic and Plenkovic continues (HRT)
Pahor: Integration of Western Balkans into the EU is geo-political issue of first category (Vecernji list)

Krivokapic doesn’t want Mandic, Knezevic and Medojevic for ministers (CdM)
Mandic: I won’t let tycoons steal people’s will and form govt (CdM)
Mandic: New govt should have been formed by now (CdM)
Jokovic: Prime minister-designate should negotiate with SNP on govt departments (Pobjeda)
Djeljosaj: The fact that prime minister-designate has accepted our proposals doesn’t mean we will be part of the government (CdM)
Zenka: If they can forgive them for everything they did to the Albanian people, we wish them luck (Pobjeda)
Varhelyi: Montenegro shall meet the recommendations referring to protection of property rights and freedom of religion (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev sees no need for a new treaty with Bulgaria, is open to a clarifying statement or declaration (Republika)

Rama, Zaev, Vucic to invite Kosovo to Mini-Schengen (ADN)


Serbia to Become One of World’s Most Gender-Balanced Governments (Bloomberg)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 26, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: Three deaths, 205 new cases (media)
• KSC doesn’t comment if indictment against Thaci, Veseli is confirmed (KP)
• Specialist Chambers’ mandate: KLA associations meet parliamentary parties (Telegrafi)
• Selimi: We are not afraid of justice but concerned when it tries to act politically (Klan)
• “Outcome of U.S. elections decisive for continuation of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue” (RFE)
• Albania’s Assembly Speaker Ruci urges Cuba to recognise Kosovo (media)
• Suspect in the €2 million illegal transaction case surrenders to police (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 20 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Radio KIM)
• New ministers in Serbian government (media)
• Vucic: Vote on new government not unanimous, Covid-19 vaccine in March (N1)
• “Numerous attempts to change and revise centuries-long history” (Radio KIM, KoSSev)
• Petkovic: Serbia is UN member, Kosovo can’t be that (Danas)
• Serbs For Trump Initiative: Grenell visits Serbian Orthodox Church in Milwaukee (N1)
• Vucic: In 10 days, PCR laboratory in Mitrovica North (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Spahiu: Americans have power in Kosovo; only the agreements they implement are valid (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic with Braathu on dialogue and situation in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Kommersant: Lavrov visit intended to maintain influence in region (Beta, N1)


• Next Serb Government Among Most Gender-Balanced In the World (Bloomberg)
• Mudde: Trump’s re-election would mean continuing support for populists around the world (EWB)
• Why the Balkan region should be on investors’ radar screens (intellinews.com)


• Kosovo joins global call to action on women’s economic empowerment (Koha/RTK)
• The limits in the checks and balances system enable informal governance to be effective in the WB (EWB)
• “Serbia needs to consider introducing new measures relating to Covid-19” (B92)
• Western Balkans suffocating from air pollution as heating season starts (balkangreenenergynews.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 26, 2020

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• COVID-19 report: Two deaths, 166 new cases (media)
• PDK refutes report it is joining Hoti-led government (media)
• Grenell: The agreement is being implemented (media)
• Rama gathers Balkans leaders, invites Kosovo to Schengen initiative (media)
• Task force was investigating three tenders signed by Interior Minister (Koha)
• Hoti, Haradinaj clash over decision on anti-corruption task force (RFE)
• Miftaraj: If Kosovo had state of law, Hoti would be in detention (media)
• Thaci: Time for Kosovo to become full member of United Nations (media)
• UN Day marked with planting 100 trees near Sitnica river (media)
• UN Day, Kosovo in unfavorable position, without hope for membership (Lajmi)
• Osmani: We need to be closer to victims of sexual violence in conflict (media)

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