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Belgrade Media Report 8 January 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 8 January 2021


Vucic: Serbian people face hard challenges (RTS)
Djuric: An opportunity to build relations with US best in history (Telegraf/Tanjug/RTV)
Serbia thanks Morocco for principled support in preserving Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Germany secures support within EU for Schmidt’s appointment to post of HR (Fokus.ba/Avaz)
Inzko speaks about his possible replacement and says new policy is what matters (Avaz)
Appointment of new High Representative was discussed by EU Council’s Political and Security Committee (Avaz)
Covic: Civic constitution is only nicely wrapped spin; HDZ relays on recommendations of EU institutions that B&H cannot start negotiations or become member until OHR is present (Avaz)
SDA calls on B&H Prosecutor’s Office to finally process those who organize marking of RS Day (Oslobodjenje)
Salkic says international community and OHR failed to prevent discrimination in RS, because they failed to do anything with regard to that (Hayat)
Cvijanovic: 9 January to be marked in line with epidemiological measures; RS does not mind any holidays celebrated in FB&H, FB&H should not mind holidays celebrated in RS (ATV)
B&H Presidency holds phone consultations regarding situation in Lipa (Nova BH)
B&H politicians on latest political events in the US (N1)

Croatia condemns US unrest, peaceful transition of power most important (Hina)

Markovic: I condemn violence in Washington, peaceful transition of power is the bedrock of democracy (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

US Capitol riots: We hope that democracy will prevail (Republika)

Ruci sent congratulatory letter to newly elected leaders of US Congress (Radio Tirana)
Meta welcomes decision for Kosovo Security Force to participate in peacekeeping missions (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 8, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 8, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 321 new cases, five deaths (media)
• Ministry of Health insists it has secured Pfizer vaccine (media)
• Vetevendosje says Constitutional Court ruling is not about Kurti (Koha)
• CEC announces a ten-day campaign for extraordinary elections (media)
• Rama: Two KSF units to be deployed to peacekeeping missions (RFE)
• Petkovic’s visit clashes PM Hoti and FM Haradinaj-Stublla (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

• 13 new cases of Covid-19, three deaths in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Over 30 families from Mitrovica North got new apartments on Christmas Eve (KoSSev)
• Petkovic: Serbia is doing its best to strengthen health care system in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Specialist Prosecution: Thaci undermined court, we are not in favor of lifting detention (Radio KIM)
• Vucic: Serbian people face hard challenges (N1)
• Fabrizi hopes Serbia could open more chapters in 2021 (N1, Blic)
• Serb house in Babin Most burglarized (KIM Radio)


• Stop using the Balkans as a synonym for chaos (Prishtina Insight)


• Balkans feel abandoned as vaccinations kick off in Europe (AP)
• Thirteen countries call on EU to support Eastern Partnership vaccine efforts (EurActiv)
• Serbia Starts Inoculations With Russia’s Sputnik-V Vaccine (RFE)
• COVID vaccine: EU orders 300 million more BioNTech-Pfizer doses (DW)


• Kosovo: Infant-toddler centres and preschools are not yet a priority (Balcanicaucaso)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 8

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• COVID – 19: 322 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Kosovo parliamentary election to be held on February 14 (Prishtina Insight)
• Kosovo ‘should rethink Serbia agreements’ with Biden in power (Balkan Insight)
• Gucati, Haradinaj to appear before Specialist Chambers today (media)
• Kurteshi: Kurti will be part of Vetevendosje’s list in new elections (Kallxo)
• Haradinaj: AAK aims for post of President in the elections (media)
• Poll: Vetevendosje has 41.10 percent, PDK 20.80 percent (media)
• “Very small chances for Kosovo to get visa liberalisation this year” (media)

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