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Belgrade Media Report 04 March 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 4 March 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Not everything for all and enough for everyone (Tanjug/RTS/Politika/Novosti/B92)
Selakovic: Long-term threat from Greater Albania (RTS/Tanjug/Politika)
Dacic and Braathu: Ready to continue constructive cooperation (Tanjug/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Vucic’s humanitarianism hurts many (EuroBlic)
Izetbegovic: Serbia’s vaccine donation is a reciprocal gesture to B&H (N1)
‘Verlab’ says ‘AstraZeneca’ is considering lawsuit against B&H over latest statement given by B&H Minister of Foreign Affairs (N1)
Ambassador: B&H didn’t respond to Russia’s offer to sell FB&H entity vaccines (N1)
Interview with Slovenian President Pahor ahead of his visit to B&H (Dnevni avaz)
SDP and SDA enter battle with statements regarding FB&H government (Dnevni list)
SDA and HDZ B&H delegations to discuss Election Law and formation of FB&H government (Nezavisne/FTV)
Russian Ambassador proposes B&H’s inclusion in ‘Russia – Islamic World’ group (N1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Renunciation of anti-fascism recommended by those who want Montenegro to finally renounce its identity (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev calls for a vote of confidence in his government (Republika)
Triumph or escape from the end – confidence, but not people’s trust (Republika/Sitel TV)
Albania

Kurti on official visit in Tirana, meets with the candidate of VV (Radio Tirana)
Meta-Kurti share views on strengthening Albania-Kosovo coop (ADN)
DP Chair discusses Albania, Kosovo’s challenges with Kurti (ADN)
Freedom House: Albania less free in 2020, continues to be partly free (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 4, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 4, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 591 new cases, seven deaths (media)
• Zemaj warns stricter measures if increasing trend continues (media)
• Central Election Commission announces final election results (media)
• NATO SG: We’re reviewing engagement with KSF, after mandate change (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 67 new cases of Covid-19, two deaths registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Antonijevic: The number of patients is growing, the worrying situation (KiM radio)
• The CEC confirmed 10 mandates of the Serbian List, Slavko and Igor Simic won the most votes (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Albanians are not ready to compromise (KoSSev)
• Lajcak from Belgrade: Status quo is not sustainable for either side (KoSSev)
• Germany against change of borders; Serbia for compromise (KoSSev)
• Sava Janjic: No hasty solution for Kosovo and Metohija (NMagazin, FB)
• Selakovic addressed German Bundestag EU Committee, talks about EU integration, Kosovo issue (GoS, media)
• Grubjesic: Lajcak visit to ‘feel the pulse’ of Pristina about the dialogue continuation (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)

Opinion:

• Lack of paper in the Paper Leviathans (Koha)
• Intentional Amnesia: Croatia’s Attempt to Erase Yugoslavia (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Left-wing party wins Kosovo poll, needs ally to form cabinet (AP)
• World Health Organization warns of global uptick in Covid cases after weeks of decline (CNBC)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Inspiring change: women’s leadership in health care is vital during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond (euro.who.int)
• In COVID-19 Fight, Free Speech Becomes Collateral Damage (Balkan Insight)
• EU Starts Sputnik V Review as Russia Seeks Vaccine Acceptance (Bloomberg)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 4, 2021

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• COVID-19: 601 new cases, five deaths (media)
• New anti-COVID measures to be proposed in face of growing new cases (media)
• CEC: Election results to be announced Thursday (media)
• VV thanks diaspora members, claims to have overwhelmingly won their votes (media)
• Daka says recent elections were the most difficult to organise (Klan Kosova)
• Kurti: Specialist Chambers were imposed, KLA led just war (Telegrafi)
• In Switzerland, Osmani meets diaspora, chairman of National Council (media)
• EU-U.S. coordination, guarantee there will be no imposed solutions on Kosovo (Koha)
• EU envoy tells Serbia, Kosovo dialogue key for entry talks (AP/RFE)
• Grenell: Kurti and VV believe Israel was built by crimes (media)
• DFC dismisses head of Belgrade office – report (SeeNews/Tanjug)
• Twenty years on, the disappeared still cast shadows in northern Kosovo (euronews)

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