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Belgrade Media Report 08 March 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 8 March 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: West will demand that we recognize Kosovo (Tanjug/RTS/Politika/Novosti)
Selakovic: Fight against all forms of crime priority for government of Serbia (Tanjug/RTV)
Odalovic: Pristina needs to open archives (RTS)
Krivokapic: We would welcome Prime Minister Brnabic as the closest because we have no one closer than Serbia (Blic)
Palmer: Deal must be acceptable to both Belgrade and Pristina (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sattler meets Izetbegovic, Covic and Dodik (Dnevni avaz)
Magazinovic says opposition must be included in process of changing of Election Law on B&H, says behavior of Ambassador Sattler is shocking (Dnevni avaz)
Mijatovic urges Sattler to include SDP B&H in talks on changes to Law on Elections of B&H (Dnevni list)
Joint Statement on Position of Returnees in RS and Srebrenica signed by Reis Kavazovic and representatives of pro-Bosnian political parties (Dnevni avaz)
Niksic explains he did not sign Statement on Position of Returnees in RS and Srebrenica for political reasons (Dnevni avaz)
Nesic, Stevandic claim goal of Statement of Srebrenica is to divert attention away from FB&H and to change constitutional structure of B&H (EuroBlic)
Schmidt’s appointment as new High Representative will be confirmed soon, he will take over office in June (Nezavisne)
RS parties and institutions reject initiative of Zvizdic to solve issue of non-prospective military property at B&H level (ATV)
Pahor points out importance of EU enlargement in Western Balkans (O kanal)
Vucic claims that changes of DPA are B&H’s internal issue and he does not want to interfere; Vucic dismisses possibility of RS seceding from B&H, claims that no one wants secession or creation of new states and it will not happen (Face TV)
Croatia

Mikulic criticizes Magazinovic over his statement on Ambassador Sattler (Jutarnji list)
Montenegro

We put an end to the Freedom of Religion Law, says Abazovic (CdM)
Niksic: Incident near Djukanovic’s house (CdM)
Russians won’t need visa to enter MNE (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev offered the opposition the possibility of forming a broad government (Sloboden pecat)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 8, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 8, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 587 new cases, 6 deaths (media)
• EU: Ten-year dialogue has brought clear changes (RFE, Kallxo)
• ECAP: All votes for Bosniak in 7 municipalities are annulled (media)
• ECAP decides on recount of conditional and diaspora votes for AAK (media)
• ECAP suspends six commissioners in Suhareka, orders vote recount (Koha)
• Investigation on suspicions for Haradinaj-Stublla’s vote rigging begins (media)
• Haradinaj: I wish the manipulators meritorious punishments (Koha)
• Kurti says new government won’t have less than 5 female ministers (media)
• Women’s representation in Kosovo’s Parliament increased without reliance on gender quotas (exit.al)
• March in Prishtina in honor of the International Women’s Day (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 18 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo on Sunday (KoSSev)
• Office for KiM: 10.500 Serbs from Kosovo inoculated (Radio KIM)
• EU: 10 years later, time to bring the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina to an end (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Odalovic: Pristina should open archives, people have not disappeared in the forest (RTS, Kosovo and Metohija radio, Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic: Pristina wanted to buy Serb souls in the south, it failed in the north, we will help the people (KoSSev)
• Dacic: Double standards of EU, Belgrade’s stances clear since beginning (Kosovo-online)
• Additional 28.080 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived in Serbia (Tanjug)
• Serbian List urges competent authorities to prosecute those who broke into Serbian Orthodox churches (Kosovo-online)
• Serbian opposition parties and organizations submits joint platform on elections conditions’ talks (N1)

Opinion:

• Rebuilding on Equal Foundations (EurActiv)

Humanitarian/Development:

• UN highlights transformative power of equal participation, marking International Women’s Day (UN News)
• Covid could endanger progress on gender equality, says Merkel (The Guardian)
• A boy from Novo Brdo’s love for tennis breaks all boundaries (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 8, 2021

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• COVID-19: 566 new cases, nine deaths (media)
• Kurti: Formation of new institutions ASAP (media)
• Osmani: Diplomatic actions to be coordinated with U.S. (RTV21/Telegrafi)
• Serwer, Philips comment on Kosovo-Israel diplomatic relations (Telegrafi)
• Prosecution called on to investigate ‘vote buying’ allegations (Klan)
• In a land dominated by ex-rebels, Kosovo women find power at the ballot box (NYT)
• SRSG Tanin reaffirms the need to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women and recognise their contributions (UNMIK)
• Vetevendosje to support “We march, we don’t celebrate” march (media)
• Vucic: Serbia facing western pressure to recognise Kosovo (media)
• Krivokapic: I would never have agreed to recognise Kosovo (Koha)
• Kosovo planning to draft ‘black list’ modeled on the U.S. (Koha)
• New Court Faces Old Problems in Protecting Kosovo Witnesses (BIRN)
• A life dedicated to education (BIRN)

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