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Belgrade Media Report 05 January 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 5 January 2021


Vucic discusses Portugal’s priorities as EU Chair with Portuguese Ambassador (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
Selakovic: It doesn’t depend on us whether there will negotiations on Kosovo (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV)
Possible renewal of Pristina’s request for membership of the false state in UNESCO without great prospects (Novosti)
Norwegian Jan Braathu new OSCE ambassador to Serbia (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

CoM could be removed in B&H House of Representatives, but removal might be blocked in B&H House of Peoples (Dnevni avaz)
Colo to launch initiative on preparation of proposal law on state property of B&H; Novakovic-Bursac argues property is ownership of entities (EuroBlic)
Court of B&H confirms indictment in ‘Respirators’ case (BN TV)
Prodanovic, Borenovic: Migrant crisis is blocking B&H’s path to EU (Glas Srpske)
International community criticizes B&H for treatment of migrants, but refuses to let any migrants enter European countries (Glas Srpske)

Government declares disaster for quake-hit areas (Hina)

Krivokapic ordered that all ambassadors be returned to Montenegro by 18 January (CdM)
Djukanovic: I will not issue a decree on the recall of seven ambassadors (CdM)
Parliament to re-discuss laws Djukanovic returned for re-examination (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev accepted all Bulgarian historic demands in 2020, but asked for more time, and then reneged on the deal, MEP Dzhambazki says (Republika)

Parliament approves Ministers Xhacka and Peleshi (Tirana Times)
President Meta expresses gratitude to US Congressman Engel (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 5, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 5, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 199 new cases, four new deaths (media)
• Kosovo ensures 500 thousand anti-COVID vaccines from Pfizer (media)
• Mustafa ironizes with Osmani’s statement on her eventual return to LDK (RTK)
• Osmani outlines political future (Prishtina Insight)
• Dialogue with Serbia on 2020 Seen as Failure in Kosovo (Exit.al)
• Assembly extraordinary session for sending KSF on missions with Iowa National Guard, today (media)
• Hoxhaj: Presevo Valley will be the main issue in the dialogue with Serbia (media)
• AKR to compete in elections with LDK? (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 19 new cases of Covid-19, one death registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Vucic: Forthcoming not an easy year of fight with coronavirus, pressures on the issues related to Kosovo and Republika Srpska (Tanjug, Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Selakovic: Belgrade for the continuation of a serious and effective dialogue (Tanjug, Kosovo Online, TV Pink)
• Stano: The dialogue continues despite the elections in Kosovo; Belgrade and Pristina to cooperate on vaccines (Kontakt plus radio, Tanjug)
• Tanaskovic: It would be no surprise that Pristina bypasses Washington agreement (N1, Sputnik)
• “Diary of a Decani monk 1903-1906“ published – original records and documents from the monastery archives (KoSSev)
• Sava Janjic: To reconstruct shrines destroyed after the war (Kosovo-online)
• Yet another complaint filed on decision to ban Arlov from entering Kosovo (Radio KIM)


• EU cannot ignore history in Balkans enlargement (euobserver.com)


• Flawed Cybersecurity Is a Ticking Time Bomb for the Balkans (foreignpolicy.com)


• Year in Pictures: 2020 in the Balkans and Central Europe (Balkan Insight)
• Heartwarming harmony as Balkan tensions set aside in Croatia’s hour of need after deadly earthquake (euronews.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 5

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• COVID – 19: 169 new cases, 7 new deaths (media)
• EU calls on Kosovo, Serbia to cooperate on vaccination (RFE)
• Albania to donate 1,900 vaccines for doctors in Kosovo (Gazeta Express)
• “COVID destroyed Kosovo’s economy; recovery will take 2 years” (media)
• Osmani: LDK presidency must leave before we can talk about my return (media)
• Kuci: Press release by SPO for Thaci was purely political (media)
• Serbia-affiliated power company eyes supplying north Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

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