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Belgrade Media Report 20 May

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Vucic: Kurti is not in a position to force anything on me (B92/Tanjug/RTS/Politika)
Selakovic: Government to discuss dismissal of Ambassador Zurovac today (TV Kurir)
Belgrade summons its Warsaw envoy for supporting Polish LGBT community (Blic/Politika/N1)
Lutovac: Vucic deceives Serbian citizens once again (Beta)
Zeman: I advised Vucic not to yield to pressure (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Tegeltija holds meeting with EU officials; Tegeltija expects B&H to get status of EU candidate country soon (RTRS)
Everyone hinders reforms, yet they always blame others (EuroBlic)
Inter-Agency Working Group for Electoral Reform fails to adopt RoP (FTV)
B&H officials, analysts believe B&H should not rush with recognizing of Kosovo, they are pessimistic that internal consensus on this issue is possible (Oslobodjenje)
Sattler, Ambassadors of Austria, Slovenia, Netherlands and Germany open Archive of Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center (Hayat)

Local elections main topic in Croatian parliament (Hina)
Milanovic comments on outcome of local elections, sources of parties’ funding (Hina)
Inzko: Instead of ‘Greater’ Serbia, B&H and Croatia, organize things like in Tyrol (Vecernji list)

Djukanovic: I did not talk to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (CdM)
Djukanovic won’t sign prosecutorial laws (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Bulgaria formally protests move by Milanovic to side with Macedonia in the historic dispute (Republika)

Kim: Position on Meta is the official Washington one (Tirana Times)
Soreca about elections and accusations of electoral crimes (Radio Tirana)
Sali Berisha and family blacklisted by US State Department (Tirana Times)
DP’s Chair seeks transparency on documents related to Berisha’s US ban (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 20, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 55 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Kurti: Agreement to pass KSF mission in the North to KFOR, harmful (RTK)
• Gervalla: Ambassadors’ withdrawals, a step towards reform (Media)
• Lekaj: AAK will not be part of the dialogue (Reporteri)
• Simultaneous training – American soldiers in Kosovo, Russian ones in Serbia (Koha)
• Finance Minister: We identified suspicious transfers (media)
• Kurti: Kosovo and Montenegro are united by Euro-Atlantic orientation (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Four more case of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas (Radio KIM)
• Antonijevic: More than 13,000 people from Kosovo Serb areas have been revaccinated (KoSSev)
• Varhelyi: The common market will accelerate the integration of the Western Balkans into the EU (RTS)
• Russia approves Torlak vaccine (media)
• Diocese of Raska-Prizren, Quint, and EU remind: Five years later, decision to return 24ha of land to V. Decani has yet to be implemented (KoSSev)
• Association “Ali Hadri” threatens with radical actions against return of land to Decani Monastery (Kosovo-online)
• New members of the CEC elected, including Gordana Laban Zuvic (Kontakt plus radio, KiM radio)
• The will of politicians affects the economy (KiM radio)
• Ministry of Culture: Pristina’s request yet another ‘misuse of culture’ (RTS)


• Mass Sacking of Kosovo Ambassadors Condemned by Opposition (Balkan Insight)
• Castaldo: Western Balkans, the beating heart of the EU (balcanicaucaso.org)


• Knowledge of the language connects people (RTK2)
• Kosovo Museum to Preserve Childhood Memories of Wartime (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 20, 2021

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• COVID-19: 62 new cases, eight deaths (media)
• PM Kurti comments on his recent Brussels trip (media)
• Quint calls on Government to uphold 2016 Constitutional Court ruling (media)
• FM Gervalla proposes dismissal of all politically appointed ambassadors (media)
• Kosovo requests Serbia to return museum artifacts (media)
• Vucic: I am ready to meet Kurti (RTK)
• The undoing of agreements with Serbia seen as mission impossible (Koha)
• Osmani received Director for Europe at UK’s Foreign Ministry (media)
• Di Maio: Leaving Western Balkans out of EU, a political myopia (media)
• Status conference held in Thaci et al. case at KSC (media)
• Serwer: Thaci and others are innocent for now (RTK/Kosovo Online)
• Kandic reacts to the Czech president’s apology to Serbia (media)
• Eight new members of CEC sworn in (media)
• Sex Assault Reports Spark Chain Reaction in Kosovo, Albania (BIRN)
• US sanctions former Albania leader Berisha over corruption (AP)

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