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Belgrade Media Report 26 January 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 26 January 2021


Selakovic on Serbia’s foreign policy positions (Politika)
Selakovic: Serbia needs OSCE’s support in rule of law (Beta)
Gratitude to Slovakia’s consistent and principled position regarding the issue of Kosovo and Metohija (RTV)
Fajon: Dacic requested my exemption from inter-party dialogue (Nova S/Beta)
ICG: All parties to seek mutual recognition between Serbia, Kosovo (RFE/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Izetbegovic: I am no enemy of Serbs, but of policies against B&H and Bosniaks (Hayat)
OSCE Mission to B&H: Zero tolerance towards negative rhetoric, hate speech in public, private area in B&H (Srna/ATV)
Russian Embassy to B&H reacts to statement of Izetbegovic on Serb people (ATV)
B&H CEC receives 11 appeals against decisions on elections in Srebrenica and Doboj and decision on mandate of Head of Travnik Municipality (O kanal)
B&H CEC calls on Prosecutor’s Office of B&H to launch criminal procedure regarding offenses made to CEC member Bjelica-Prutina (O kanal)
DF suspends its further activities within ‘Coalition for Mostar’ (FTV)
AFET discusses 2019-2020 EC Reports on B&H (BHT1)
USA assist strengthening of allies in the region; Production of helicopters for B&H Armed Force starts in ‘Bell’ factory in USA (Dnevni avaz)

There will be someone to welcome Ana Brnabic (MINA)
Republic of North Macedonia

Vasilevska: Census law was adopted without political consensus, it shouldn’t be a political but a statistical operation (Republika)
Grubi: Census to show percentage of Albanians, there is no political agreement (Republika)
Medziti: There is no need for dilemmas, Albanians will be over 25 percent in the census (Republika)

CEC signed agreement for preventing use of hate speech during 2021 election campaign (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 26, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 26, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 313 new cases, seven deaths (media)
• U.S. Ambassador Kosnett gives interview to Gazeta Blic (media)
• Sannino: Political turbulences in Kosovo have not helped dialogue (RFE)
• Kurti: Dialogue with Serbia to take place without presidents and maps around (media)
• AAK replaces names of candidates convicted by courts (media)
• KWN calls on parties to refrain from intimidating and offensive language (media)
• KSC judge extends detention for Salih Mustafa (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 25 new cases of Covid-19, two deaths registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• 11.700 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived in Serbia (media)
• There won’t be “poisoned” envelopes from Serbia (Danas)
• Rakic, Simic and Jevtic visit Gracanica municipality (Radio KIM)
• Selakovic: Serbian foreign policy adjusted to new situation in world; priorities remain (N1)
• Kurz: Political will and courage of Belgrade and Pristina needed for agreement (Kosovo-online, Kurir)
• Merkel and Biden on strengthening cooperation and Western Balkans (Kosovo-online, RFE)


• Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You: Kosovo’s Vetting Strategy For Diaspora Voters Adds To Election Chaos (RFE)


• EU calls for global coal power phase out (Politico)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 26, 2021

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• COVID – 19: 311 new cases, 10 deaths (media)
• Quint: CEC to ensure transparent process free from political interference (media)
• Orlando: Future of the country depends on free and fair elections (media)
• ECAP to decide today on the complaints of political parties (media)
• Kurti: Things will be different with the Biden administration (media)
• LDK’s Hoti presents government plan: €6 billion for investments (media)
• Haradinaj: We will create 30,000 new jobs (media)
• LDK’s Haziri on possible coalition with PDK (media)
• Haxhiu: With PDK in power, we will vaccinate all citizens in six months (media)
• Impact, fairness of Kosovo pre-election ‘transfer window’ questioned (BIRN)
• Political parties hide pre-campaign expenses (Koha)
• “Cooperation with Biden administration will bring results in Balkans” (media)
• Lajcak welcomes France’s support in the dialogue process (media)
• Serbia’s ethnic Albanians fear Belgrade silently deleting addresses (BIRN)

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