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Belgrade Media Report 18 January 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 18 January 2021


Brnabic: Government will continue to investigate Ivanovic’s murder (Tanjug)
Vucic: We have a picture of possible participants in Ivanovic’s murder (RTS/Tanjug)
Rakic: Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija must be under one flag (Novosti)
Judge Danica talks about Racak case: ​​Walker destroyed Serbs in Kosovo, it was all a fraud (Telegraf)
Dodik: RS will give up on 9 January when USA gives up on 4 July (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Leadership of Tuzla Canton Assembly and Tuzla Canton Prime Minister submit irrevocable resignations (O kanal)
Deadline for publishing final results of Mostar elections expires in 3 days; SDP demands recount of votes; HDZ B&H calls on B&H CEC to resign (O kanal)
EC warns about repercussions for B&H if migrant crisis is not solved (Hayat)
Tegeltija says B&H does not need new migrant camps, holds EU responsible for migrant crisis (Dnevni list)

Kristo: Turning Croats into minority would lead to end of state of B&H (Vecernji list)

Montenegro parliament rejects initiative of Bosniak party on adoption of resolution on Srebrenica genocide (CdM)
Montenegro wants to reset its relations with Serbia (CdM/DW)
Krivokapic met with Djukanovic, Becic and Abazovic (CdM)
Six ambassadors won’t go to consultations? (Antena M)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski confirms that Macedonia’s nominee for military representative to NATO failed the security check (Republika)

France sends a note of protest to Prime Minister Rama (Tirana Times/Top Channel)
Rama on the note of protest by France: I haven’t attacked any ally (Tirana Times)


The Silent Persecution of Christians in Kosovo (National Catholic Register)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 18, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 18, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID–19: 267 new cases, one death (media)
• Vaccines Kosovo secured via Austria have not yet been approved (Koha)
• Zemaj signs manual for treating Covid patients with convalescent plasma (media)
• CEC seeks assistance of six institutions to carry out background checks on candidates (media)
• CEC reveals numbers used to phone Diaspora in verification process (media)
• LDK amends election ticket following AKR’s reaction (Koha/Klan)
• Justice Ministry presents rule of law strategy (EO)
• U.S. Embassy hails finalisation of rule of law strategy (media)
• Pendarovski: Biden knows Balkans well, Kosovo an open issue (Lajmi)

Serbian Language Media:

• Rakic: Serbs in Kosovo must come under one flag (KiM radio, Vecernje Novosti)
• Three Serbian political entities to run in forthcoming elections (Radio KIM)
• War Crimes witness found dead in Kosovo (N1, KoSSev)
• The third anniversary of Oliver Ivanovic’s murder – separate commemorations held once again (KoSSev)
• Miroslav Ivanovic: Serbian List behind TV spot (Radio KIM)
• SL: Ivanovic and Radoicic are victims of Kosovo injustice and rigged trials (KoSSev)
• A million doses of Chinese vaccine arrive in Serbia (N1)
• Zaev: North Macedonia to receive 8.000 vaccines from Serbia (Kosovo-online)
• Tailings in Leposavic spilled into the Ibar after a rampart collapsed (KoSSev)
• Abbot Janjic met COM KFOR General Federici (Radio KIM)
• Jankovic: Kostic is a world-class scholar, but he is wrong about Kosovo (nova.rs, KoSSev)
• Ljajic: They did not allow me to enter Kosovo as a demonstration of their power, they make ad hoc decisions (Kosovo Online, TV Prva)


• 2021 Early Elections in Kosovo: End of an Era (ifimes.org)
• Taboo-Busting Literature has ‘Liberating Potential’, Says Serbian Author (Balkan Insight)


• UNS wants Serbian journalists on priority vaccination list (N1, BETA, Radio konakt plus)

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UNMIK Media Observer, January 18, 2021

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• COVID – 19: 353 new cases, five deaths (media)
• Hoti: We have secured €40 million for vaccines coming in February (media)
• “Positions were close on President before indictments were published” (media)
• Hoxhaj to Kurti: You are hiding from a public debate (media)
• Krasniqi: I will represent the survivors of sexual violence from the war (media)
• COMFKOR lists key threats against security (Koha)
• Waiting to leave (Prishtina Insight)

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