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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 28, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 28, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 334 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Zemaj: No relaxation of Covid rules is expected (Telegrafi)
• Biden administration supports the EU-facilitated Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (RFE)
• Hoti: Kosovo committed to reaching normalisation agreement with Serbia (media)
• VV’s Nagavci rules out possibility of a coalition with PDK (Gazeta Blic/Klan)
• Balje: Srpska Lista interfering in elections (Prishtina Insight)

Serbian Language Media:

• 18 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Dacic: Serbia and US “didn’t push under the rug” disagreements over Kosovo, however, relations have positive trend (Kosovo-online)
• Mihajlovic: We need strategic partnership with Washington (N1)
• Vucic: We will open discussion on compulsory military service (B92)
• Trial of Krstic and Shabani continues (Radio KIM)
• Dacic thanked Botsan-Kharchenko for Russian help during pandemic (RTS)
• Sputnik on White House foreign policy priorities, including Western Balkans (B92)
• Court of Appeals confirmed indictment against former minister Rikalo and others (KoSSev)
• “We don’t need Serbia’s permission to unite with Albania” (B92, Kosovo-online)


• Corruption Perceptions Worsening In Balkans, Central Europe, Transparency Says (Balkan Insight)
• Container in refugee camp in Mitrovica engulfed by fire, six seek medical assistance (media)
• Journalist association and UN Women hold workshop on gender responsive budgeting (RTK)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 January 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 28 January 2021


Dacic: Serbia and the US have not “swept under the carpet” differences around Kosovo and Metohija (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Mihajlovic: For strategic partnership and office with the United States (Tanjug/RTV)
Drecun: Silly thesis from the West for Serbia to recognize Kosovo in order to prevent creation of Greater Albania (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTV)
Lajcak: Land swap between Kosovo and Serbia would be hazardous (Le Monde/Beta)
Opposition: It’s not up to Dacic and Vucic to choose EU delegates for Serbia’s government-opposition talks (Beta)
Fajon: Situation with Serbia’s inter-party dialogue ‘frustrating’ (FoNet)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Someone is evidently attempting to disrupt relations between RS and Serbia (RTRS)
B&H Court confirms local elections in Srebrenica and Doboj will be repeated, Travnik will have early elections (Nova BH)
Dodik: CEC’s decisions only suit Bosniaks and the RS opposition; Reactions of other RS politicians (FTV)
B&H parliament Commission for Deciding on Conflict of Interest launches procedure against Covic (FTV)
Stefanek: Europe wants to discuss possible solutions for migrant crisis with authorities in B&H (O kanal)
RS officials reject Cikotic’s initiative for establishing new agency in charge of migrant crisis (Nezavisne)

Government issues statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Hina)
Antifascist League and NGOs call for ban on Ustasha insignia (Hina)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev abolishes history class, returns Serbian language class in Macedonia; Kovatchev expects Zaev to return Bulgarian language too (Republika/BGNES)

Xhacka participates in High Level Commitment Conference for the United Nations Peace building Fund (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 28, 2021

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• COVID-19: 301 new cases, eight deaths (media)
• Hoti: The country to return to normality by early spring (RTK/Kallxo)
• Kurz says vaccine to roll out in all Western Balkans at the same time (media)
• Zemaj appeals for respect of Covid rules, days after flouting them (Koha)
• Lajcak warns against land swap idea, calls it ‘dangerous’ (media)
• Parties appeal ECAP decision with Supreme Court (media)
• Mustafa says he would prefer to see Kurti lead VV’s ticket (Lajmi/RTK)
• Haradinaj: Not allowing Kurti to run is not good for democracy (media)
• Rasic accuses Serbian List of vote theft in the north (Kallxo)
• CEC has so far approved 46,000 voter requests from Diaspora (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo justice institutions put in service of Veseli’s defence (Koha)
• Kosovo Must Take Three Crucial Steps During Biden’s Presidency (Balkan Insight)
• Ceremonies Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day Across Balkans (Balkan Insight)
• TI: Kosovo and Albania have made no progress in fighting corruption (Telegrafi)

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