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Belgrade Media Report 01 March 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 1 March 2021


Vucic expects heavy pressures and joining of forces of Washington and Brussels concerning Kosovo (TV Prva/Tanjug/Beta)
Dacic: Serbia doesn’t agree to blackmail in regard with Kosovo and Metohija (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV)
Dacic on non-paper: No need to waste time with such things (TV Prva/Beta/RTS)
Lajcak not coming to Belgrade with “ultimatum” (Tanjug)
Dacic after talks with McAllister: Invitation to parties to respond to inter-party dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
European Parliament says second phase of inter-party dialogue launched (N1)
Stefanovic: Improving cooperation with Montenegro in field of defense (Tanjug)
Survey: National TV stations presenting positive image of Vucic (Nova/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Inzko: There is no room for glorification of war crimes and criminals (Glas Srpske)
Bosniak Diaspora in US, acting on orders of Sarajevo circles, raise unreasonable voice against Germany’s Schmidt? (Dnevni list)
Dzaferovic, Komsic, other officials congratulate B&H Independence (BHT1)
RS officials: March 1 will never be holiday for Serbs (ATV)
RS marks 29 years since adoption of first Constitution (RTRS)
Dodik announces launching of adoption of new RS Constitution (Nezavisne novine)
SDA, NiP criticize Grlic Radman’s statement about changes to B&H Election Law; HNS reacts to SDA statement (N1)
Komsic: Democratic standards cannot be lowered in amending of Election Law; Further ethnic complexes like HDZ B&H and official Zagreb are trying to achieve cannot be cemented (FTV)
Novakovic Bursac: RS does not want changes to way of election of representatives of Serb people and RS for member of B&H Presidency and B&H HoP (Dnevni list)
Dodik confirms that Tegeltija becomes his adviser; Reactions (N1)
US Administration engagement, HR in B&H and DPA discussed at panel discussion ‘RS Facing New Challenges’ held in Belgrade; Meyer: It is time for the RS to seriously consider organizing of referendum (ATV)
Weber: German initiative, by pushing new dynamic HR in person of Christian Schmidt, has exposed in the worst way the crisis of international policy in B&H, which is deeply divided and does not know how to proceed (N1)

Grlic Radman: Croatia will not allow that anyone imposes civic organization of B&H (Vecernji list)
Turkish FM meets Milanovic; Milanovic underlines need to secure equal representation of all three peoples in B&H (HRT)
Orthodox Dignitary: Serb identity has two wings, one in Jasenovac, other in Kosovo (Hina)

Djukanovic’s cabinet responds to Abazovic’s allegations (CdM)
Montenegro imposed sanctions against five countries (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Church wants census postponed, states its objection to the law on family violence and the planned education reforms (Republika)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 1, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 1, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 467 new cases, 9 deaths (media)
• VV: Revoking Radojicic arrest warrant, scandalous and dangerous (media)
• CDHRF: There should be protests against Lajcak’s visit (media)
• Albin Kurti’s crossroad between EU, US, Erdogan and Netanyahu (euronews.al)
• Hague Court schedules new status conference on Salih Mustafa’s case (Gazeta Express)
• Berisha: We will demand annulment of votes orchestrated by the Serbian List (Ekonomia)
• Simmons: I said and will say it again: Kosovo is a sovereign state (RTK)
• Director General of Kosovo Prosecutorial Council Secretariat, arrested (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• 86 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Radio konakt plus)
• Radojevic: Interethnic incidents have no place in our city (Radio kontakt plus)
• Lajcak: I am not coming to Belgrade with ultimatum, EU and US expect continuation of dialogue (Tanjug)
• Simic: We expect that Lajcak reminds Pristina of its unfulfilled obligations (Kosovo-online)
• Office for KiM: “Arilje” handball team banned from entering Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Gathering to support detained youngsters in Gracanica held last night also (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic urges citizens from Kosovo to get vaccinated (Kosovo-online)
• Poll shows 75 percent of young Serbians want mandatory military service to resume (N1)


• Palokaj: A priority or not, the dialogue will last for many years (Koha)
• The far-reaching consequences of Kosovo’s failure to secure vaccines (Prishtina Insight)


Kosovo Revokes Arrest Warrant for Powerful Serb Businessman (Balkan Insight)


• Additional doses of Sputnik V for revaccination have arrived to Serbia (B92)
• Additional doses of Pfizer’s vaccines arrived in Serbia (Kosovo-online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 1, 2021

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• COVID-19: 453 new cases, 4 deaths (media)
• Kurti on diaspora votes: There are tendencies to diminish our victory (media)
• Szunyog: It’s positive that Kurti lists dialogue as fourth priority (media)
• Lajcak starts three-day visit to Kosovo today (media)
• Israeli PM Netanyahu writes letter to Kurti (media)
• Kosovo – Serbia agreement not likely before 2023 (Koha)
• Kosovo Ministry reacts to statement by Russian Foreign Ministry (media)
• Protest in Prishtina on Tuesday over representation of communities (media)
• “Time for Kosovo to tell EU we are tired of games you’re playing” (media)
• Arrest warrant for Milan Radojicic revoked (media)
• Cleaning other people’s houses (Prishtina Insight)
• Growth of online shopping in Kosovo brings dangers for consumers (BIRN)

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