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Belgrade Media Report 21 April 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 21 April 2021


Petkovic: Resolution for issue of Kosovo and Metohija through dialogue (RTV)
Nabhan: OIS members could withdraw recognition of Kosovo (Tanjug/Politika/Novosti)
Slovak Embassy: We are not changing position on so-called independence of Kosovo (B92/Tanjug/RTV)
Dacic: I am signing first invitation for dialogue with opposition on 21 April (TV Happy/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS ruling coalition announces initiative for forming RS’ team for negotiating with FB&H on peaceful dissolution (N1)
Reactions to SNSD’s launching of initiative on talks on possibility of peaceful separation in B&H (N1)
Dodik informs Israeli Ambassador conditions for talks on future of B&H are met (RTRS)
Izetbegovic: War is not likely to happen in B&H; I do not believe that Slovenian non-paper does not exist (O kanal)
RS reactions to Izetbegovic’s statement that Serbs are genocidal people: This is dangerous, insulting, warmongering rhetoric, RS advocates peace, it will not wage wars (RTRS)
Turkovic sends instruction to all diplomatic and consular representative offices on activities after occurrence of ‘non-paper’ for Western Balkans (ATV)
EUFOR: We are competent for implementation of military aspects of DPA (BN TV)
Vucic: Serbia will not recognize independent Kosovo in order to get RS (Dnevni list)

No joint ceremony to pay tribute to Jasenovac victims (Hina)

Does Krivokapic know what he will sign? (Pobjeda)
Status of religious communities under scrutiny of Council of Europe (Dan)

The political climate becomes tenser after the shooting in Kavaja (Tirana Times)
Will opposition succeed in overthrowing rule of Rama? (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 21, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 21, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 506 new cases, five deaths (media)
• PM Kurti to visit Brussels next week, meet EU officials (media)
• German FM Maas to visit Kosovo and Serbia (RFE)
• Britain’s PM Johnson congratulates Kurti on election, pledges support to Kosovo (media)
• Roth: No one in Europe can support border changes phantasies (DW)
• Hoxhaj accuses government of ‘abstaining from responsibility’ (media)
• State prosecutor and police: Avoid investigations against media and reporters (media)
• Musliu reacts after sexist graffiti: This is not in the culture of PDK (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Antonijevic: The situation more favorable, but there is no room for relaxation (Kosovo Online, RTK)
• Kosovo media: Vucic, Kurti to go to Brussels and Paris (N1, KoSSev)
• Vaccination with Pfizer without registration available in Serbia as of Wednesday (Kontakt plus radio)
• Embassy of Slovakia: We are not changing our position on Kosovo (Politika, Blic, B92)
• Selakovic: Gratitude to Iran for not recognizing Pristina’s separatism (Kosovo-online)
• Selakovic: Serbia plans to start producing Sinopharm vaccine as of October (N1)
• Vucic meets with WHO Europe Director Kluge (Tanjug)
• Petkovic: With budget rebalance we have earmarked 4 billion dinars for assistance in KiM (Kosovo-online)


• Media Freedom Deteriorated In Europe Amid Pandemic, Report Warns (Balkan Insight)
• North Macedonia to Upgrade Army Despite Economic Concerns (Balkan Insight)


• Belgrade Mayor: Herd immunity soon to be reached in capital (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 21, 2021

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• COVID-19: 478 new cases, 16 deaths (media)
• Government silent over “difficult compromises” with Serbia (RFE)
• Tahiri: Government must not make compromises in dialogue (media)
• Koha publishes 2015 draft statute of Association of Serb-majority municipalities
• Collaku: Kurti deserves everyone’s respect if he can reject Association (media)
• Gorani: Kurti government will be forced to accept compromise (media)
• Kurti: Cultural differences must unite us, not divide us (media)
• Albanians from Presevo Valley expect Kurti to include them in dialogue (media)
• Rama: Mini-Schengen aimed to dissolve border with Kosovo (Euronews Albania)
• PDK denies it is behind offensive graffiti against its former MP (media)
• Editor: Brussels confirmed they received document from Jansha (media)
• Bosnian Serbs urge talks on Country’s potential ‘disintegration’ (BIRN)

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