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Belgrade Media Report 20 January 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 20 January 2021


Petkovic: Belgrade will not fall for threats from Pristina (Tanjug/RTV)
Serbia’s opposition to MEP: Start inter-party dialogue as soon as possible (N1)
Bilcik: I support everything that strengthens trust in media and elections (Danas)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: I will ask Vucic to give part of vaccines to the RS (RTRS)
RS opposition criticizes Dodik for his announcement that he will ask from Serbia to give part of vaccines to the RS (BN TV)
Dodik responds to accusations of RS opposition (RTRS)
B&H CEC publishes confirmed results of local elections in Mostar (O kanal)
Covic meets Plenkovic and Radman, Covic says elections in Mostar have been compromised (Dnevni list)
DPC’s analysis suggests international community and B&H citizens must exert pressures on domestic political elite, propose strengthening of EUFOR and NATO in B&H as well as distancing from Zagreb and Belgrade (Dnevni avaz)
Borrell sends letter to B Dodik, again requesting equal distribution of migrant crisis burden in B&H (Nova BH)

Amendments to Law on Freedom of Religion adopted again (Vijesti)
Abazovic and Radulovic invited Djukanovic to talks (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

EU ambassadors to Macedonia urged Zaev to “complete the process with Bulgaria” as soon as possible (Republika)

Albanian PM insists on EU criticism (ADN)


Serbia Filing First Lawsuits Against NATO on Behalf of 1999 Bombing Victims, Lawyer Says (Sputnik)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 20, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 20, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 320 new cases, six deaths (media)
• “Kurti will not be certified to run for election” (media)
• CEC: 47 candidates for MP have had problems with law (media)
• Kurti urges members of Diaspora to register to vote (media)
• In a video address, Haradinaj appeals for unity between political parties (media)
• Thaci, Veseli and others register to vote (Epoka e Re/RTK)
• Srpska Lista facing little opposition in upcoming elections (Prishtina Insight)
• NATO: A stable Kosovo is crucial for stability in the region and our security (Klan)
• UNICEF delivers 1,344 vaccine carriers for regular immunization programme (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Petkovic requests reaction of international community to Haradinaj’s statement (Radio KIM)
• RFE: Belgrade’s support is election trump card of Serbian List
• Djuric: Attendance at Biden’s inauguration for benefit of Serbia (RTS)
• Andjelkovic: Albanians in illusion that Biden would take anti-Serbian approach (Kosovo-online)
• PM Brnabic says Bahrain aid among biggest donations to Serbia (N1)
• Gracanica: Fewer newly infected with Covid-19 (Radio KIM)
• Office for KiM: Intrusion into the Health Center in Strpce, anti-civilization behaviour of Pristina (Kosovo Online)
• Strpce Health Center Director: The intrusion of inspectors and police was unnecessary, we did not and do not have a vaccine (Kosovo Online)
• Fatherland movement’s statement regarding vaccinations of Kosovo Serbs and others (Facebook)


• US approach to switch from quick-fix dealmaking to experience and cooperation (intellinews.com)


• Up to 20 bln euros for Western Balkan private sector by 2027, says European Investment Bank (Reuters)
• Western Balkans and Ukraine urged to scrutinise coal subsidies (intellinews.com)


• Serbia Becomes First European Nation To Use China’s Sinopharm Vaccine (RFE)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 20, 2021

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• COVID – 19: 294 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Specialist Chambers summon Nezir Cocaj (media)
• AAK, NISMA fined for violating anti COVID measures in rallies (media)
• Muja: Association and division will end with Kurti in power (KTV)
• Shala: LDK competes to win the elections (media)
• Ahmeti calls for constitutional amendments (media)
• Prosecution rejects request for Veseli’s interim release (media)
• Blinken: I applaud Trump administration’s work for Kosovo and Serbia (media)

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