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Belgrade Media Report 8 April 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 8 April 2021


Stefanovic: Serbia a credible contributor to UN and EU missions (Tanjug)
Shieb: Bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 is a controversial issue but it was necessary for the sake of preventing a humanitarian catastrophe and genocide in Kosovo (RTV)
Mirovic: Shieb’s stamement not diplomatic, not true or reasonable (RTV)
Popovic: German Ambassador to apologize to Serb people over shameful statement (RTV/FoNet)
Amnesty International about Serbia: War crimes go unpunished, media under attack, discrimination persists (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Central Election Commission holds online meeting with Sattler, Inzko, Kavalec and Nelson to discuss reform of B&H Election Law (BHT1)
Sarovic: Make full reform of Election Law during this, non-election year (Dnevni list)
Cvijanovic holds meeting with EU Ambassadors: RS remains dedicated to EU path (Dnevni list)

Krivokapic: Letter to the people of Montenegro (Office of the Prime Minister)
Leposavic more likely to resign (CdM)
Albanian Alternative in Montenegro considering to require that Tuz be part of Albania or Kosovo budgets (CdM)

Armed Forces take over the airport. Air traffic control strike shuts flights, prevents shipment of vaccine arrival (Tirana Times)
Surroi: Kosovo-Serbia dialogue needs to have guiding principles/ Surroi discusses at AIIS Tirana Foreign Policy Forum (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 8, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 8, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 897 new cases, 14 deaths (media)
• Blinken to Kurti: You will have our full support (media)
• Osmani: Dialogue with Serbia cannot have priority over vaccines (media)
• PDK criticises government: Implement law on economic recovery (media)
• Osmani holds telephone conversation with Slovenian counterpart (media)
• Minister Haxhiu meets some of the representatives of UN Organisations (media)
• EU in Kosovo congratulates Roma community in their International Day (media)
• Popovic asks Schieb to apologise about genocide remarks (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian municipalities: 26 new cases, two people died (KoSSev)
• Roma Day – the position of the Roma community (RTK2, KoSSev)
• Odalovic: It is good Albanians emphasize missing persons issue; we also want locations to be searched and identification of 300 bodies in Pristina
• “Continuation of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina has no alternative” (RTK2)
• For one hundred days, Vucic is silent about energy system in Kosovo (BETA)
• An apology sought for the statement of the German ambassador on the bombing of the FRY (Beta, KoSSev)
• Father Sava: Decani Monastery on list of seven the most endangered sites in Europe (Kosovo-online)
• Dr Antonijevic: The epidemiological situation is better, but still serious and unfavorable (KiM radio)
• WHO and EMA on AstraZeneca: Safe vaccine (KoSSev)
• In Serbia, 1.130.000 citizens fully vaccinated (RTS)


• International Roma Day: Remembering history to ensure a brighter future (CoE)
• Eyeing re-election, Albania’s Rama touts earthquake recovery effort (BIRN)


• Belgrade vaccinates homeless persons (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 8, 2021

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COVID-19: 714 new cases, 15 deaths (media)
Health Minister: UK variant of coronavirus dominating in Kosovo (Kallxo)
Finance Minister: We’ll support businesses on rents and salaries (media)
Human rights worsened in Central, Southeast Europe, in pandemic (BIRN)
Kurti and Osmani coordinated on dialogue with Serbia (Radio Free Europe)
Long list of officials that must justify their wealth (Koha Ditore)
LDK deputy leader: We didn’t help Vetevendosje, we helped institutions (media)
No visa liberalisation for Kosovo before 2022 elections in France (Zeri/dtt-net)
Justice Minister reacts to corruption scandal(media)
Schieb: 1999 bombing to stop genocide in Kosovo (media)
Kosovo war rape survivors’ painful road to recognition (BIRN)

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