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Belgrade Media Report 19 April 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 19 April 2021


Vucic expects no pressure in Brussels; Never saw alleged unofficial non-paper (Beta/B92)
Serbia, Russia committed to principles of international law, UN; Danger from giving up UNSCR 1244 (RTS/Tanjug/Politika)
Lavrov dismissed idea of tailoring former Yugoslavia’s borders (Beta/Politika)
Selakovic: Iran supports Serbia in all international organizations (RTS)
Selakovic: Iran’s support regarding Kosovo (Politika/Tanjug/RTS)
Dacic: Preparatory phase consultations for inter-party dialogue begin today (Tanjug/RTS)
Bosniaks call Inzko to impose law on ban on genocide denial (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Peaceful separation in B&H is only option that will certainly be realized in upcoming period (ATV)
Vucic: Unless we can help, Serbia will not interfere in internal matters of B&H (RTRS)
RS parliament to discuss SNSD’s initiative to launch discussions between FB&H, RS and representatives of constituent people on future of B&H (EuroBlic)
Pahor: Slovenia is sincere friend of B&H, I reject any dangerous ideas about re-tailoring of borders (O kanal)
Jansa informs Dzaferovic disputable ‘non-paper’ does not exist (Nova BH)
Dzaferovic sends letter to Michel expressing concern over alleged Slovenian ‘non-paper’ on B&H (O kanal)
Izetbegovic writes letter to Sassoli and Tusk, warns them about secessionist aspirations (Hayat)
Covic: Reforms in B&H necessary to avoid story about disintegration (O kanal)
International officials comment non-paper (BHT1)
Regional officials comment non-paper on dissolution of B&H (Nova BH)
Ambassador Kalabukhov writes to Oslobodjenje: NATO is problem for B&H and decision about it is up to B&H (Oslobodjenje)

Croatia’s President blasts alleged non-paper on changing borders in Balkans (Hina)
Grlic Radman: Change of borders in B&H is out of question (Jutarnji list)
EU Delegation, US Embassy and OSCE reject Arnautovic’s claims about electoral reform leading to formation of third entity (Vecernji list)

Government ready to sign agreement with SPC, Krivokapic says (CdM)

Rama confirms existence of map of redrawn borders in Western Balkans (Radio Tirana)
Elections in Albania, Vucic: Basha and Berisha want ethnic Albania (ADN)


Iranian President Stresses Need to Maintain Peace, Stability in Balkans (FNA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 19, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 19, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 277 new cases, 14 deaths (media)
• To date, over 16,000 Kosovo citizens got vaccinated against COVID-19 (media)
• Almost half of Kosovo businesses declare unsatisfactory situation (media)
• Bars and cafes reopen as COVID-19 measures eased (Prishtina Insight)
• PM Kurti urges Slovakia to recognise independence of Kosovo (media)
• On anniversary of Kosovo-Serbia agreement, KDI tackles its implementation (media)
• Szunyog: Government to take concrete steps to attract foreign investors (EO/Koha)
• Legislation committee approves draft law paving way for trial in absentia (media)
• SPO argues for extending detention to Gucati and Haradinaj (Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic says he never saw alleged non-paper on redrawing borders in WB (Beta, N1)
• Serbia’s FM: Iran supports Serbia on the issue of Kosovo (Beta, N1)
• Dacic on alleged non-paper on WB: We do not support ideas that cause instability (FoNet. N1, TV Prva)
• Bishop Teodosije warns of aggressive pressure and negative media campaign against SOC and Decani Monastery (KoSSev)
• Djuric: Brussels agreement enabled years of peace (Radio KIM, Tanjug)
• Petkovic: Disrespect of Brussels agreement indicates what attitude Pristina or EU would have on some other reached agreement (Kosovo-online)
• Bogujevci: The issue of the missing both a human and a political issue, but it should be a humane (KiM radio, Slobodno srpski)
• EU: Brussels agreement must be implemented, agreement on ZSO has never been recalled (Kosovo-online, Tanjug)
• Gracanica: “Police are asleep, blow the horn to wake them up” (Kontakt plus radio, KiM radio)
• Entry door of Serbian school in Obilic damaged (Radio KIM)
• Tamara Grujic denies that she was detained; Kosovo Police said it was just an identity check (KiM radio, Kontakt plus radio, RTK2)


• It’s time for transparency in Kosovo’s COVID-19 numbers (Kosovo 2.0)
• Palokaj: Border changes, Belgrade’s attempt to implement Milosevic goals (Koha)
• The Abbot today, Kosovo tomorrow (KoSSev)
• DW: Serbia’s Vucic not in pre-election mode only when in deep sleep (N1)


• Kosovo’s New President Has Major Crises To Take On (theowp.org)
• Hague Tribunal Urged to Report Serbia to UN Security Council (Balkan Insight)


• Vucic announces new shipments of vaccines to Serbia (RTS)
• Loncar: Serbia avails itself at disposal of WHO, will help immunization in Europe (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 19, 2021

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• COVID-19: 521 new cases, 8 deaths (media)
• Government announces new measures against COVID-19 (media)
• Health Minister Vitia meets PDK MP Haxhiu (media)
• Additional uncertainties in the Kosovo – Serbia dialogue (Koha Ditore)
• Croatian President slams idea of border changes in the Balkans (media)
• Russian Foreign Minister reacts to Slovenian non-paper (media)
• Kosovo civil society criticise monastery’s inclusion on endangered list (BIRN)
• Kosovo authorities “withdraw from investigations against Insajderi” (RFE)
• Confiscation of unjustifiable wealth; EU calls for respect of human rights (Koha)

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