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Belgrade Media Report 2 November 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 2 November 2020


Vucic: Albanians do not want compromise (B92/RTS/RTV)
Vucic: It remains to be seen how much we lost with the death of Amfilohije (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic, Rama and Zaev hold online ‘Mini-Schengen’ conference on Friday (RTS)
Positive dynamics in development of relations of Serbia, US (Tanjug/RTS)
Godfrey: Whoever wins elections, Serbia will remain important to Washington (B92/Beta)
Dacic and Chen Bo: Strengthening parliamentary cooperation between Serbia and China (Tanjug/RTS)
Krusik worker dies, another injured after an explosion (RTS)
Bajatovic removed from meeting with Mihajlovic (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Croats planning to boycott 2022 general (Srna/TV Kurir)
Komsic reacts: It is good that Dodik revealed Covic’s policy (FTV)
RS government’s report to UNSC: Unlike RS, SDA never accepted Dayton compromise (RTRS)
US Embassy: Status of B&H as state is not matter of opinion but rather fact established by international law (O kanal)
Inzko: Mandates of current Mayors of Cities and Heads of Municipalities to last even after 1 November until newly-elected officials assume office (O kanal)
Dodik: Bishop Amfilohije united the Serb people (Srna)

US Ambassador Kohorst: Croatia is an important ally (N1)

Krivokapic: Agreement on expert government has been confirmed (CdM)
List of ministers is due next week (Dan)
Funeral of Metropolitan Amfilohije (CdM)
Vucic: I don’t interfere in formation of your govt like US ambassador is doing (TV Vijesti)
Rising Reinke: America encourages Krivokapic to entrust security sector to pro-Western staff (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

First contingent of Macedonian peacekeepers in KFOR leaves for Kosovo (Republika)

Rama-Vucic-Zaev meeting revealed: The crisis has emphasized the need for cooperation, we invite Kosovo to join this initiative (Radio Tirana)
Netherlands ‘Okays’ North Macedonia integration, Albania out! (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 2, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 2, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19 report: Nine deaths, 486 new cases (media)
• Minister Zemaj warns anti-coronavirus measures may be toughened (media)
• Thaci: If no recognition proposal, dialogue destined to fail (media)
• Hoti urges Bosnia to lift visa regime and open liaison office (media)
• Kosovo FM Haradinaj-Stublla sets on official visit to Germany (media)
• Osmani: Government to reveal what it agreed in Brussels about missing persons (Koha)
• Selmanaj: Full integration happens when communities act within legitimate institutions (Klan)
• “Government’s attempt to dissolve anti-corruption task force failed” (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• 41 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serb areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Radio KIM)
• Borrell: Thaci’s proposal to change mandate of SC and SPO beyond Kosovo legal obligations towards EU (KoSSev)
• Vucic spoke at panel of young leaders forum, Zaev and Rama participate as well (RTS)
• Metropolitan Amfilohije buried on Sunday, numerous reactions to his death (KoSSev)
• Godfrey: Whoever wins elections, Serbia will remain important to Washington (N1)
• Four candidates for Mitrovica North mayoral elections (Kontakt plus radio)
• CEC still has no instructions of Kosovo Public Health Institute regarding elections in two municipalities (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Serbian List reacts to Jablanovic’s statements (Kosovo-online)
• United opposition: EU must help us force government to ensure freedom of media (BETA, N1)


• Albanian Americans and Trump: An empty friendship (Prishtina Insight)


• US Election Splits Central Europe (Balkan Insight)


• Government tighten COVID-19 measures (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, November 2

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• COVID-19 report: Seven deaths, 337 new cases (media)
• Hoti: Decision on new measures will be evaluated in two weeks (media)
• Ministry of Health announces new measures against COVID-19 (media)
• Education Minister calls for respect of anti-COVID measures (media)
• Hoti: We have pandemic situation under control (media)
• Lack of vision by Kosovo and Serbia to reach final settlement (Koha)
• Nagavci: Elections first, then proposal of a candidate for President (Express)
• Selimi: Haradinaj, only candidate fitting of President post (media)

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