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Belgrade Media Report 1 April

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Vucic: How recognizing Kosovo would help with stabilization or bring anything good to the region (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Ambassadors of Quint, EU convey concern over state of media (Beta)
Selakovic: Dialogue with Pristina most complex issue; Serbia to base its policy on international law and UNSCR 1244 (RTS/Tanjug)
EU: Serbia must work on reforms to speed up accession negotiations (FoNet/N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Nelson, Sattler discuss electoral reform with leaders of SDP, NiP, NS (Dnevni avaz)
It is unacceptable for opposition at B&H level for B&H Election Law to be changed only by parties that make up B&H CoM; Opinions in majority at B&H level also differ when it comes to this issue (Glas Srpske/Nezavisne)
HDZ B&H Presidency discusses changes to Law on Elections (Dnevni list)
Dodik’s initiative to merge functions of RS President and B&H Presidency member continues to spark reactions (Oslobodjenje)
Kalabukhov: Russia wants OHR to close because it believes this is good for B&H (FTV)
EU, US Embassy, OSCE and Swedish Embassy issue joint statement on recent criticism of Office of the Disciplinary Counsel (O kanal)
Larson: Corruption is like plague destroying B&H (BN TV/RFE)
US State Department publishes report on human rights in B&H; Reactions (FTV)

Krivokapic offers compromise, DF doesn’t even want to hear about it (Pobjeda)
Covic and Simonovic dismissed from Intelligence and Security Directorate (Pobjeda)
Knezevic: Possible criminal responsibility of Committee members for access to secret data (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev congratulates Kurti on new Kosovo government (MIA)
Xhaferi obstructs the move to postpone the census (Republika)
Xhaferi’s move in parliament means that the census is legally still supposed to start today (Republika)
State Department human rights report notes the persecution of journalists critical of the Zaev regime (Republika)
Karakacanov: Only schizophrenic American bureaucrats see a Macedonian minority in Bulgaria (Republika)

Impunity remains serious problem in Albania; US State Dept. (ADN/VoA)
Government slammed for not fighting corruption (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 1, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 975 new cases, 12 deaths (media)
• Krasniqi: Strained situation with COVID-19, 80% of patients on oxygen therapy (RFE)
• Health Minister Vitia meets U.S. Ambassador Kosnett (media)
• Rama: Albania to vaccinate Kosovo’s teachers (Telegrafi)
• Macron congratulates Kurti, offers full support for Kosovo-Serbia agreement (media)
• Kurti: Many crimes committed in Kosovo and no justice delivered (media)
• Orlando: Parties to be constructive in president’s election process (Koha)
• Defence Minister Mehaj meets KFOR Commander Federici (media)
• On anniversary of SAA, Austrian MEP calls for visa liberalisation for Kosovo (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 45 new Covid-19 cases in Serbian communities, one death (Kontakt plus radio)
• CNN on Serbia’s ”impressive” success in immunization: Setting the pace in Europe (KoSSev, FoNet, N1)
• EU: Serbia must work on reforms to speed up accession negotiations (FoNet, N1)
• Vucic about the Crnusa base: If there would be any danger…Serbs from Kosovo know all (KoSSev)
• Participant of the campaign for the boycott of Serbian elections claims his vote was falsified in Kosovo (RFE)


• Serbia’s Vaccine Diplomacy isn’t as Benign as it Looks (Balkan Insight)


• Will Kurti bring changes in the fight against corruption in Kosovo? (EWB)
• US Concerned About Continuing Rights Violations in South-East Europe (Balkan Insight)
• EU solidarity with the Western Balkans during the times of COVID (opendemocracy.net)


• Three Kosovo children arrive for medical treatment in Israel (media)
• UNMIK helping the most vulnerable in Zubin Potok (Kontakt plus radio)
• Rakic, Popovic and representatives of international organizations visited the beneficiaries of the reintegration program (Kosovo Online)
• Climate change top challenge over the next decade, UNESCO global survey finds (news.un.org)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 1, 2021

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• COVID-19: 948 new cases, 14 deaths (media)
• Sources: President election session to take place on Friday (media)
• Hoxhaj: PDK has not changed position on Osmani’s candidacy (media)
• LVV, PDK appoint heads of parliamentary groups (media)
• Government to discuss confiscation of unlawfully acquired assets (media)
• Haxhiu vows to begin work on judicial vetting process (media)
• Varhelyi hopes dialogue will be priority of new government of Kosovo (RTK)
• Serb accused of 1999 massacre of 130 men arrested in Kosovo (AP/BIRN)
• Kosovo Village Remembers 106 Civilians Killed in 1999 War (Balkan Insight)
• New Government working without programme (Koha)
• Ministry of Agriculture suspends five employees for abuse of power (media)
• Spain beats Kosovo, national broadcaster downgrades visitors (AP)

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