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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, 25 January 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 25, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID – 19: 311 new cases, 10 new deaths (media)
• Deadline on ECAP decision on LVV, AAK and NISMA complaints, tomorrow (Telegrafi)
• Over 122,000 people still with UNMIK documents, removed from the voter list (Koha)
• Political entities violate anti-COVID measures, Inspection imposes fines (Telegrafi)
• Varhelyi: Western Balkans to have quick access to anti-Covid vaccine (media)
• Hoti compares LDK to Liverpool: It is not a team of the seasons (Koha)
• Kurti and Osmani promise students in Lipjan equality in labor market (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• 18 new cases of Covid-19, two deaths registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Kontakt plus radio)
• Loncar: 217.000 people vaccinated so far, half a million doses of vaccine more at disposal (KoSSev)
• Protest walk of health workers in Mitrovica North, end to harassment demanded (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: “I am a ‘coward’ because I am protecting Kosovo and Kosovo Serbs” (KoSSev, Prva TV)
• Call to internally displaced persons from Kosovo to vote in February 14 elections (Kosovo-online)
• Selakovic: Gratitude to Slovakia for consistent and principled position on Kosovo issue (Kosovo-online)
• Russia: Haradinaj’s statement impermissible political blackmailing (RTS)
• Petkovic replies to Rada Trajkovic: State gives equal opportunity to its citizens to be vaccinated (Kosovo-online)
• International Crisis Group: Three options to resolve Kosovo issue, none of which is ideal (Kosovo-online)


• Can America Be Trusted Again? (Project Syndicate)


• EU playing a zero-sum game in Kosovo (Modern Diplomacy)


• 67 cases of domestic violence registered in north in 2020, women and children most common victims (KoSSev)
• Serbian awarded expert in emergencies dies from COVID-19 (media)
• Media: WHO plans to approve two Chinese vaccines (N1)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 January 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 25 January 2021


Vucic: There will big pressures regarding Kosovo and Metohija (RTV/TV Prva)
Brnabic on invitation from Montenegro: Inconvenient to go where you were expelled from (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Dveri Movement offers platform for talks (Beta/RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Izetbegovic: Those supporting Dodik support policies of lies, insults and blockades; I think that Serb people, Serb voters have to undergo catharsis (O kanal)
Reactions to statement of Izetbegovic on Serbs (RTRS)
Dodik calls on Izetbegovic to apologize to Serbs for his recent statement (N1)
Office of B&H Ombudsman, politicians condemn Dodik’s offenses against Bjelica Prutina (Nova BH)
Hateful attacks are unacceptable (N1/Nova BH)
Tegeltija: In B&H there are too many of those who do not have right to be treated as migrants (Nezavisne)
Ambassadors of EU member states meet B&H Presidency members to discuss migrant crisis, EU path of B&H; Dodik: There will be no migrant camps in RS (Nova BH)
Wartime Commander of RB&H Army Mahmuljin sentenced to 10 years in prison for war crimes in Vozuca and Zavidovici (O kanal)

President cancels attendance at ceremony due to far-right insignia on display (Hina/N1)

Djukanovic elected leader of DPS, his deputies are Damjanovic, Vukovic, Erakovic and Dizdarevic (CdM)
Djukanovic: I will sign re-voted laws, but will not sign the recall of ambassadors (MINA)
Republic of North Macedonia

SDSM: Census to be conducted in the spring, VMRO-DPMNE will not prevent this statistical operation (Republika)
Mickoski: Census results already agreed between government coalition, VMRO-DPMNE to start collecting signatures from citizens to nullify falsified census (TV Alfa)
Ahmeti: No chance that Albanians will be less than 25 percent in the census (Republika)
Ahmeti: I am convinced that dispute with Bulgaria will be resolved by spring (Republika)
Byrnes disappointed with Bulgaria’s veto (Republika)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 25, 2021

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• COVID – 19: 392 new cases, six new deaths (media)
• First-time voters hoping for a change (Prishtina Insight)
• Osmani says “integrity of Central Election Commission will be protected” (media)
• Three scenarios in final decision for candidates list (Koha)
• CEC: We’ll act based on decisions by ECAP and Supreme Court (Telegrafi)
• Mustafa: If we fail to elect president, we’ll go to new elections (media)
• Haradinaj: February 14 is a referendum for Kosovo in NATO (media)
• Another former KLA soldier summoned by Specialist Chambers (media)
• “Kosovo-Serbia dialogue needs compromise to move forward” (Balkan Insight)

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