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Belgrade Media Report 5 March

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Selakovic: Neither side gets everything, both get enough (Politika/Tanjug/RTS)
Lajcak and Brnabic on implementation of agreed in Belgrade-Pristina talks (N1)
Lajcak: Both Belgrade and Pristina understand dialogue has no alternative (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Changes to B&H Election Law will not be agreed anytime soon because SDA and HDZ B&H’s completely opposite stances (Nezavisne)
Urgent, unannounced meeting of leaders of SDA, HDZ B&H and SNSD with Ambassadors Sattler and Nelson takes place; Izetbegovic satisfied with atmosphere of meeting and will of all attendees to create better atmosphere in B&H and to begin process of reforms (Nova BH)
New FB&H government has not been formed yet; Izetbegovic says current government reshuffle is necessary, opposition and HDZ B&H do not support this idea (BHT1)
Dzaferovic and Nelson discuss electoral, rule of law and economic reforms (Dnevni avaz)
Komsic with Schmidt: Electoral legislations of Germany and Croatia acceptable in B&H (Dnevni list)
Inzko sends letter to BPC authorities asking of annulling of decisions on removal of Milovic, Velic and Risljanin (Dnevni avaz)
B&H CoM adopts documents necessary for unblocking of delivery of vaccines through COVAX (BHT1)

Freedom House: Croatia outscores the US in 2020 global freedom rankings (Hina/Vecernji list)

Krivokapic with Lajcak: This government has a chance to bring Montenegro to EU membership (RTCG)
Djukanovic meets Lajcak (CdM)
Djukanovic: Serbia persistently working to its detriment, sowing hatred towards everything Montenegrin (CdM)
Djukanovic: Montenegrin identity under attack (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

US reportedly rejected Zaev’s much criticized nomination of Ljubomir Frckoski as Ambassador to DC (Republika)

EP Draft Resolution on Albania: Elections, Fundamental for EU Integration (ADN)
President ready to resign if majority wins without manipulating votes (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 5, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 564 new cases, seven deaths (media)
• Hoti: Kosovo facing a new wave of COVID-19, first vaccines to arrive in March (media)
• Kurti-led government expected to be formed on 25 March (Koha)
• Non-Serb community parties appeal election result (media)
• Osmani: KSF to deploy on its first mission abroad this week (Telegrafi)
• SPO ready for commencement of trial against Salih Mustafa (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• In Serbian areas in Kosovo 56 new cases of Covid-19, two deaths (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Lajčák: Both Belgrade and Pristina understand dialogue has no alternative (N1)
• Analysts:Citizens committed to change and reforms, but present differing views on cooperation with SL (KoSSev)
• Petkovic: We continue the joint struggle for the survival of our people (RTV Puls)
• US diplomat: Biden to condemn statement on Kosovo’s unification with Albania (N1)
• German FM: Serbia will get 300,000 vaccines from COVAX programme (DW, N1)
• Selakovic: Von Cramon’s views do not reflect official German policy (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Vecernje Novosti: “Lajcak didn’t bring anything new to Belgrade, left with a clear message from Vucic” (B92)
• The Court of Appeals revoked the decision on the detention of seven young men, but will not be released until a new decision (Kosovo Online)
• Ambassador says France committed to supporting Western Balkans (N1, FoNet)
• Biden deleted Trump’s plan to invest in Serbia? (Danas)


• The Times They Are a-Changin’: But For Better or Worse? (Balkan Insight)


• Serb Ex-Policeman Claims Alibi for Kosovo Family’s Killings (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 5, 2021

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• COVID-19: 658 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Kurti: My position hasn’t changed; we can’t change the Constitution (media)
• Petkovic reacts to Kurti: Idea for unification could have consequences (media)
• Lajcak expects a Kurti-Vucic meeting before summer (media)
• ECAP receives 15 complaints over election results (media)
• Kusari-Lila: LDK voted Thaci, it should also vote Osmani (RTK/Telegrafi)
• AAK has not yet decided whether to vote for Osmani as president (Klan)
• Hodzic: Vote for Kurti government if two Bosniak municipalities formed (media)
• Mustafa: No preferences for LDK leader and no official candidacies (Kallxo)
• UNDP publishes latest public pulse report (media)
• Kosovo’s Courts Struggle to Hold Corrupt Officials to Account (Balkan Insight)
• Suicide prevention helpline seeking funding (Prishtina Insight)

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