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Belgrade Media Report 14 January 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 14 January 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Announced changes to the Washington agreement must be discussed with Serbia (Tanjug/RTV)
Drecun: Participation of KBS in NATO missions destabilization factor (Radio Belgrade)
Petkovic banned from entering Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

EP Rapporteur for B&H Rengel: EU candidate status is possible this year in case necessary reforms are implemented; I see no problem with initiative to appoint new HR (Dnevni avaz)
SNSD to launch initiative for RS parliament to demand from Inzko to submit report on his work before leaving B&H (Glas Srpske)
RS officials oppose initiative of B&H lawmakers regarding construction of hydroelectric power plants on Drina River (N1)
Abazovic’s comment causes harsh reactions in the RS; SNSD’s Kovacevic: It would be good for Abazovic to know that there is no Republic of B&H, that there is no B&H Day, or any B&H holiday (N1)
Montenegro

Abazovic denied that the government congratulated the Day of RS (CdM)
Djukanovic and Becic summoned by Krivokapic (CdM)
Djukanovic: I will not sign the dismissal of Dakic and Pesic, a session of the Defense and Security Council will be convened (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski calls on Zaev, Osmani and Dimitrov to reveal document negotiated with Bulgaria (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Denmark Allocates €6 Million to Western Balkans Countries to Help Them With Border Controls & Repatriation of Migrants (SchengenVisaInfo.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 14, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 14, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 279 new cases, four deaths (media)
• Vetevendosje and Osmani’s list to run under joint ticket (media)
• Hoti: Kosovo entered dialogue with Serbia on clear principles (media)
• ECAP rejects VV’s complaint over verification of Diaspora voters (media)
• CEC warns of an unauthorised online application form (media)
• Votes from Serbia to arrive through transit post (RFE)
• Former Kosovo Police director, Rashit Qalaj, joins PDK (media)
• AAK to present candidates for MPs on Friday (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Eight newly infected persons, two deaths in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic: Reeker and Lajcak very important, but to change the Washington agreement someone must ask Serbia too (KoSSev)
• Dacic: Kosovo is also mine, as it is Thaci’s and Kurti’s (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic banned from entering Kosovo to deliver aid (N1)
• Serbian List: EU to react to violation of agreement on freedom of movement (KiM radio)
• EC: EU’s position on Kosovo status is known and unchanged (RTS, Tanjug)
• On eve of 3rd anniversary of Oliver Ivanovic’s murder, Serbian weekly publishes book (KoSSev)
• The Tanjug team after seven hours of waiting allowed to enter Kosovo (Tanjug, Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Serbian power company buys shares in Montenegrin counterpart (N1)

International:

• Erdogan’s great game: Turkish intrigue in the Balkans (Financial Times)
• Kosovo State Radio Accused of Censorship and Discrimination (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Denmark Allocates €6 Million to Western Balkans Countries to Help Them With Border Controls & Repatriation of Migrants (schengenvisainfo.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 14

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• COVID-19: 299 new cases, one death (media)
• Osmani rejects Lajcak’s remarks on Kosovo’s recognition (RFE/Koha)
• Hoti: We will spare no one during election campaign (Koha)
• VV announces candidates from Pristina, Kurti leads the ticket (media)
• Hoxhaj says PDK will emerge as the most voted party (media)
• CEC: 888 polling stations to be open on election day across Kosovo (media)
• Von Cramon speaks about election challenges Kosovo faces (DW)
• Ombudsperson: CEC to avoid any action that undermines right to vote (media)
• Phillips: Time for the West to give ultimatum to Serbia (Telegrafi)
• Hamza: PDK would have negotiated a better deal in Washington (Klan)
• Petkovic refused permission to visit Kosovo (Klan)
• Hoti appoints Muharrem Nitaj acting Minister of Economy (media)
• Has an SPO indictment been rejected by pre-trial judge? (Lajmi/RTK)

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