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Belgrade Media Report 12 May 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 12 May 2021


Vilan: Israel recognized Kosovo under US pressure (TV Prva/B92/RTV)
Vilan: I have never said, nor do I believe, nor do I have a reason to say that Serbia has signed something with Kosovo (B92)
Selakovic: Vucic did not recognize the so-called Kosovo (TV Prva/B92)
Stefanovic: Improving defense cooperation with Spain (Tanjug/RTS)
Selakovic: Indonesia’s constant support (RTV/RTS)
EU approves new methodology for Serbia’s accession talks (Tanjug)
Brnabic: Serbia continues with European integration activities (Tanjug)
Petkovic: Failure to form ZSO obstacle to normalization with Pristina (Beta)
New municipal authorities in Presevo, but without Serb representatives (RTS)
Dialogue is priority (Novosti)
Inzko convinced in arrival of Christian Schmidt to B&H (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS parliament’s conclusions: High Representative abandoned the legal framework of his activities (N1)
RS parliament adopts conclusions for talks on possible solutions in B&H (RTRS)
Opposition in the RS presents their arguments against ruling majority during RS parliament session on Tuesday (BN TV)
Inter-Agency Working group holds inaugural session (BN TV)
Izetbegovic optimistic regarding work of IAWG (Hayat)
Covic with Plenkovic: Equality, non-discrimination and legitimate representation cannot be ignored (Dnevni list)
EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs comment on situation in B&H; Grlic Radman: I would like to emphasize importance of concept of three constituent peoples (Hayat)
EU’s ‘non-paper’ focuses more on Serbia and Kosovo than on B&H (EuroBlic)
Jansa announces Slovenia will organize conference on Western Balkans (Dnevni list)
B&H is part of grand US military exercise in Europe (EuroBlic)

Croatian President: Serbia’s attempt to equate Mihailovic and Tito ‘pathetic’ (Hina)
Bosniak and Serb side ignore calls for reforms coming from Brussels and Washington (Vecernji list)

Djukanovic: Government should commit to sign Fundamental agreement with SPC that won’t harm Montenegro’s national interests (CdM)
Djukanovic: If EU forgets about WB, greater conflicts may occur (CdM/RTCG)
Picula: Prosecutor’s office must not be contaminated by the influence of political parties (Pobjeda)

EU Council convenes: Joint solution for Albania and North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 12, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 12, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 113 new cases, four deaths (media)
• Over 38,000 doses of COVID vaccine arrive in Kosovo (media)
• NIPK encourages citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (media)
• Distance learning fails to reach disadvantaged pupils (Prishtina Insight)
• Pahor: Final time for Western Balkans to integrate into EU (Telegrafi)
• LDK slams government programme as ‘hollow’ (media)
• Police recover casings from shooting incident in Zubin Potok mountains (Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• Israeli Ambassador: The decision to recognize Kosovo was made under the coercion of the US (TV Prva, KoSSev)
• Palestinian Ambassador: Against the relocation of embassies to Jerusalem (Danas, TV Prva)
• PM Ana Brnabic to attend dinner hosted by Borrell on May 18 (Tanjug, RTV Puls)
• EU: New enlargement methodology for Montenegro and Serbia (N1)
• Kosovo Albanians vaccinate in Serbia, Pristina media report (N1
• Dodik: No processes being implemented towards secession of Bosnia’s RS entity (N1)
• Selakovic: Constant support of Indonesia (RTS)
• Rakic demands urgent protection of returnees in Kosovo (Radio Mitrovica sever)


• Without the EU, third actors will fill the void in the Western Balkans (politikon.me, EWB)


• EU’s Balkan strategy losing local support, internal paper warns (Reuters)
• Democracy is in distress, finds the Council of Europe Secretary General’s annual report for 2021 (coe.int)
• Serbia, Kosovo, Greece Express Hope for Sustained Interest, Investment Through US Agency (VOA)
• In North Kosovo, Mining for Bitcoin on ‘Free’ Electricity (Balkan Insight)
• “Investment in the Western Balkans is an investment in the shared, value-oriented future of Europe” (EWB)


• ‘Women’s Work’: COVID-19 Deals Blow to Gender Equality in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)
• International Nurses Day: nurses in northern Kosovo receive awards (KoSSev)
• Three Serbian hospitals to step out of COVID system (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 12, 2021

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• COVID-19: 57 new cases, four deaths (media)
• Government publishes four-year programme and legislative plan (media)
• Government to condition final agreement with UN seat and recognition from EU five (Koha)
• Aliu: Kosovo to introduce reciprocity measures towards Serbia (Klan)
• What status is being sought out for Orthodox Church in Kosovo? (Klan)
• FM Gervalla denies authoring governing plan posted on Instagram (media)
• Croatia to deploy 150 peacekeeping troops to Kosovo (media)
• Hoxhaj reacts to Serbia awarding Handke highest state honour (RTK)
• Kosovo Court Confirms Indictment in Oliver Ivanovic Murder Case (BIRN)

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