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Belgrade Media Report 11 May 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 11 May 2021


Selakovic: OMIK to remain neutral (FoNet/RTV)
Selakovic: Improvement of cooperation with US one of foreign policy priorities (RTV/Tanjug)
EU: Chance for Belgrade-Pristina deal, no time to lose (Tanjug)
Borell: Belgrade-Pristina dialogue to resume by end of June (RTS/Tanjug)
US Embassy in Belgrade: We support process that leads towards comprehensive and binding agreement on normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, at the center of which is mutual recognition (Tanjug)
Vucic, Sapic: Unification until the end of May (Tanjug/B92)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

EU Foreign Ministers discuss problems and future of Western Balkan region, Croatian
‘non-paper’ calling for support to amendments to Election Law of B&H on table; European non-paper for Western Balkans presented to EU Foreign Ministers (N1/Nova BH)
Media in Croatia placed information that their version of non-paper was accepted in
the EU (BHT1)
Appointment of Brkic (Dnevni avaz)

Herceg Novi: Preliminary election results (CdM)
VC: Draft prosecutorial laws still contain shortcomings (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

It is not possible to decouple Albania from Macedonia (Euronews/Republika)
Macedonia will not negotiate about its national identity, Zaev told Sassoli (Republika)
Zaev – Von Der Leyen meeting: Identity issue non-negotiable, EC to be further engaged (Republika)
Zaev – Varhelyi in Brussels: Identity can’t be a reason for blocking EU integration (Republika)

Commissioner Varhelyi expresses optimism for the EU enlargement policy (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 11, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 11, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 49 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Before confronting Vucic, Kurti plans to invite party leaders to a meeting (media)
• Maas to Kurti: Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, decisive for European perspectives (media)
• Gervalla publishes 20 key government program points (RTK)
• Hoti publishes evidence that he handed over the dialogue file to Kurti (Kallxo)
• CDHRF: Strengthening justice in Kosovo, most effective method to tackle Serbia’s crimes (media)
• Minister Mehaj talks to Montenegrin Defense Minister (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian areas: 8 new cases, one death (KoSSev)
• Borrell: Western Balkans has key geostrategic role for the European Union (Beta, N1)
• Vucic invited to Brussels (B92)
• Diocese of Raska-Prizren concerned over attacks on religious sites (KoSSev)
• Father Sava with Szunyog on Visoki Decani Monastery problems (Kosovo-online)
• Jutarnji List: Forget Bosnia-Herzegovina, it is a nightmare; EU has a priority, and that is Serbia (B92, Blic)
• Grubjesic: EU to convince Kurti that dialogue is a priority (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Court of Appeals rejects appeals filed by defense in Oliver Ivanovic murder trial (Kosovo-online)
• Serbian official says almost four million doses of vaccine administered (N1)
• Petkovic: Two returnees’ families in Dubrava village attacked (Kosovo-online)


• Balkan Muslims Find Second Pandemic Ramadan a Challenge (Balkan Insight)
• Landmine Blasts on Albania-Kosovo Border Blight Survivors’ Lives (Balkan Insight)
• Serbia Honors 2019 Nobel Prize-Winner For Literature, Who Denies Srebrenica Genocide (RFE)


• Serbian Chamber of Commerce to organize info day on Western Balkans common market action plan (Kosovo-online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 11, 2021

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• COVID-19: 47 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Borrell: Kosovo – Serbia dialogue to resume before end of June (media)
• “Debate on Western Balkans result of serious difficulties in region” (EWB)
• German Foreign Minister: If not careful, we will lose Western Balkans (media)
• “Shadows of nationalism hindering cooperation in Balkans” (media)
• Opening Pandora’s Box: The EU’s dangerous Bosnia game (euractiv.com)
• Dialogue, key issue to advance toward EU (Koha Ditore)
• Kurti government aims Kosovo to have candidate status by 2025 (Koha Ditore)
• Balkan migrant-smuggling business ‘worth €50m a year’: Report (BIRN)
• China increases its influence in Balkans through universities in Serbia (RFE)

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