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Belgrade Media Report 5 May 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 5 May 2021


Vucic: Are you threatening Serbia with a genocide lawsuit? (B92)
Selakovic: EU must put Pristina under pressure over commitments (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Gonzalez: Spain does not recognize Kosovo, supports Serbia (Tanjug/RTS)
Office: Pristina’s provocation unsuccessful buying time (RTS)
Opposition demand: Free national frequency for professional TV channel in Serbia (N1/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Inzko presents 59th report on B&H to UN Security Council (O kanal)
Russia’s representative to UN SC Evstigneeva says Inzko’s report is unbalanced and does not reflect real situation in B&H (FTV)
Kovacevic: HR’s criticism towards the RS is something that RS officials have already gotten used to (ATV)
Minister Schallenberg: Territorial integrity and sovereignty of B&H are unquestionable and cannot be subject of any negotiations (Hayat)
Cavusoglu: Main Turkish goal in Balkans is to preserve peace and stability in region and increase its welfare (Nezavisne)
Former HRs Lajcak, Bildt warn EU has neglected Western Balkan region, which led to occurrence of non-papers predicting new divisions (N1)
RS parliament prepares initiative for talks on possible solutions for B&H calling on FB&H institutions, Bosniaks and Croats to engage in political dialogue on B&H’s future (FTV)
Cubrilovic: We should talk among ourselves, without influence by foreign factors, to reach certain level of consensus on functioning of B&H (Nova BH)
SNSD’s initiative on peaceful dissolution does not have support of opposition parties in the RS; Vukovic: PDP will not take part in any talks on peaceful dissolution in B&H because this topic is doomed to failure in advance (BN TV)
Reactions to alleged document of EEAS (Glas Srpske)

We care about Montenegro and the Western Balkans (RTCG/CdM)
Krivokapic: Fundamental agreement can’t be inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of MNE (CdM)
Joanikije chose Democrats, but will the SPC choose him? (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev, Varhelyi and Edtstadler at joint press conference: This day is an expression of solidarity and unity (Republika)
Mickoski meets Edtstadler at the Austrian Chancellery (Republika)
Varhelyi: Start of accession negotiations requires progress from Skopje and Sofia (Republika/MIA)

Rama reiterates the invitation to the opposition (Radio Tirana)
Basha’s order to new opposition MPs (ADN)
Rama: Defender Europe 21, a turning point of US-Albania relations (Radio Tirana)


Serbia vows to never impose sanctions against Russia, says ambassador (Izvestia)
Bosnia and Herzegovina must end discrimination to ensure its EU future (EurActiv)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 5, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 5, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 153 new cases, 4 deaths (media)
• Varhelyi on Pfizer vaccines: The most important contribution we could make (Klan)
• President’s Office: Kosovo can’t guarantee interim release of Thaci et al (Express)
• Government: Laws forbid us guarantee conditional release of the accused by the Special Court (Koha)
• Haxhiu: Government program to be voted on Friday (RTK)
• Varhelyi: News about ‘non-paper’ is not true (RTK)
• Croatian President Milanovic: I cannot offer guarantees for Thaci (Koha)
• Minister Haxhiu speaks about property confiscation and vetting (Klan)
• Excavations Resume in Serbia’s Mass Graves (Exit.al)
• Coalition of NGOs call for inclusion of Serb victims in Podujevo memorial (Prishtina Insight)

Serbian Language Media:

• Arancha Gonzalez: Spain maintains its principled position not to recognize Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Vucic on ‘genocide’ lawsuit (B92, N1)
• “Kosovo genocide lawsuit Kurti’s populist act” (Danas)
• Trajkovic: Announced lawsuit a way to suppress support to Specialist Court (Radio KIM)
• HLC: Memorial plaque of victims killed in Luzane in 1999 unveiled; names of Serbs not included (KoSSev)
• Excavations near Raska continue (Radio KIM)
• Office for KiM: House of Jacovic family in Vitina stoned (Kontakt plus radio, KoSSev)
• Additional financial assistance announced for those vaccinated (media)
• Office for KiM continues to provide housing for Serbs in Kosovo (TV Most)


• Easter “greetings” of Albin Kurti, humiliation and obliteration of Serbs and SOC (Politika)


• EU Inaction Blamed for Proposal to Redraw Balkan Borders (Balkan Insight)


• EC: EU to ease restrictions on non-essential travels; Serbia maybe on list soon (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 5, 2021

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• COVID-19: 75 new cases, 4 (media)
• Kosovo receives 4,680 doses of Pfizer vaccines (media)
• Kurti: Securing vaccines remains our most urgent priority (media)
• PDK MP: Kurti government has failed with vaccines (media)
• Kurti to meet opposition parties this month on dialogue with Serbia (Koha)
• Kosovo Foreign Minister: I will never stop seeking justice for all victims (media)
• Lajcak strongly against border changes in the Balkans (media)
• EU inaction blamed for proposal to redraw Balkan borders (BIRN)
• State guarantees crucial for interim release of defendants (Koha Ditore)
• NATO shows “muscles” in Albania (Koha Ditore)
• Kosovo Army participates in ‘Defender Europe 21’ (Exit News)
• Kosovo Police investigate threat to LGBTI activist (BIRN)

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