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Belgrade Media Report 20 April

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Petkovic: Brussels agreement important, we insist on its implementation (RTS/Tanjug)
Cooperation between Serbia and Kosovo chambers of commerce and regional initiatives (Beta)
Loud silence of West to announcement on “Great Albania” (Politika)
Serbian and British Armies together in UN Mission in Cyprus (Politika)
Vulin: Serbs should live in one state, Serb national issue should be solved by uniting all Serbs in one state (TV Pink)
Inzko: Do not open Pandora’s box with ‘non-paper (Politika/Tanjug)
Logar: Discussion on alleged ‘non-paper’ is of use to nobody (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kovacevic: RS ruling coalition to discuss information that possibility of peaceful disintegration of B&H is being discussed at numerous important addresses within the EU (Srna/RTRS)
SNSD RS MPs submit initiative for dialogue with FB&H on future of B&H; SNSD members believe that either the ultimatums in B&H will stop or process of peaceful dissolution will begin (N1)
Jansa condemns protest in Sarajevo as extremist (RTRS)
Bogovic: I never heard anything about change of borders in Western Balkans (Dnevni avaz)
Covic: Fabricated documents aimed at diverting attention from fundamental political issues (Dnevni list)
Djokic: Law on Elections should be changed to eradicate political anomalies (Dnevni list)
Organizing Committee for Marking 26th Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide requests from OHR to impose law banning denial of genocide (FTV)
B&H’s Commission for Cooperation with NATO unanimously adopts draft document ‘Program of Reforms 2021’ (Hayat)
B&H lacks any progress in implementation of GRECO recommendations referring to judiciary officials and parliamentarians (Oslobodjenje)

Only Krivokapic and Leposavic got acquainted with content of agreement with SPC (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: Bulgaria has no right to demand any additional concessions from us (TV Klan)

DP secretary for Kavaja wounded by a firearm inside electoral office (Tirana Times/VoA)
Basha accuses PM of assassination attempt (ADN)


Serbia’s Marko Đurić urges ‘just solution’ to bitter Kosovo dispute (The Washington Diplomat)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 20, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 442 new cases, 14 deaths (media)
• EU to send 95,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine to Kosovo (media)
• Vitia signs administrative instruction paving way for vaccine purchase (media)
• President Biden writes to Osmani: Our partnership is rooted in common values (media)
• Aliferi: Greece supports Kosovo’s European integration path (RFE)
• Kusari-Lila: Government to soon present position on dialogue with Serbia (Telegrafi)
• LVV calls for end to government paying electricity bills for the north (Koha)
• Haxhiu: Vetting of judiciary, biggest challenge for Ministry of Justice (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: Two people died, 36 new cases (KoSSev)
• Vucic: Serbia will not recognize Kosovo to get Republika Srpska (N1)
• Brnabic meets WHO Europe Director Klugge (Tanjug)
• Palestine requests Islamic states to cease relations with Pristina (RTS)
• Kosovo dropped eight places on media freedom list (RTV Puls)
• Journalism, a high-risk profession in Kosovo (Kosovo Online, RTS)
• Serbia’s ranking unchanged on World Press Freedom Index (N1)
• Varhelyi: 651.000 vaccines for Western Balkans, Serbia was first to extend help to the region (Kosovo-online)
• Gracanica: Performance ”Contribution to the tax” (Kosovo Online)


• Biden urges to Kosovo continue ‘essential’ talks with Serbia (AP)
• Serbia’s Marko Đurić urges ‘just solution’ to bitter Kosovo dispute (washdiplomat.com)
• Balkans rocked as leaked memo explores redrawing Bosnia’s borders along ethnic lines (euronews.com)


• Kosovar biologist calls newly found insect after coronavirus (AP)
• Mediation as a form of reconciliation in schools (UNICEF, social media)
• Brain drain? In Serbia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia there are signs of ‘brain gain’ (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 20, 2021

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• COVID-19: 277 new cases, 14 deaths (media)
• Poll respondents: Government to be more transparent about vaccines (media)
• “Dialogue has so far been treated with priority but not seriousness” (Telegrafi)
• Kurti, Wigemark stress need to fight crime and corruption (media)
• Macron to Osmani: France will support you in essential reforms (media)
• 8 years later, first Kosovo-Serbia agreement partly implemented (Koha)
• Kosovo Foreign Minister to visit Greece (media)
• Tahiri: Vjosa Osmani is a marionette of Albin Kurti (media)
• Kosovo Ex-Guerrilla Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo spent €4 million in first year of pandemic for salaries of MPs (Koha)
• Kosovo falls eight places lower in Reporters Without Borders’ report (RFE)
• Weller: Cultural Heritage in Kosovo: Why do international organisations fail to adhere to their own policies? (Prishtina Insight)

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