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UNMIK Media Report 21 May 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 21, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 58 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Over 55,000 persons vaccinated so far in Kosovo (media)
• Kurti on ambassadors’ dismissals: Step towards foreign service reform (media)
• PDK’s Hoxhaj will not attend meeting called by Kurti (media)
• LDK’s Abdixhiku accepts Kurti’s meeting invitation (media)
• DPM Bislimi lists government’s plans for EU integration process (Klan)
• Government approves initiative enabling regional free movement (media)
• Agreement on KSF deployment to the north can be renegotiated, experts say (Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• RFE: There are no vaccines for Serb communities in Kosovo (RTK2, Kontakt plus radio)
• Jacimovic’s house in Vitina stoned again, again minors are suspects (KoSSev)
• Kosovo Government silent on Quinta request to implement court decision on Visoki Decani Monastery (Kosovo-online)
• Blakaj: The issue of the missing is humanitarian, not political (RTK2)
• Serbia donates 100.000 Pfizer vaccines to Czech Republic (N1)
• Vucic: Many problems and pressure on Serbia regarding Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Memorial tournament “Dimitrije Popovic” on June 1, in Gracanica (Radio KIM)


• A feminist revolt against sexual violence (Prishtina Insight)


• Covid still a threat to Europe – travel should be avoided, says WHO (The Guardian)
• Deeply Divided Montenegro Marks 15 Years of Independence (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 May 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 21 May 2021


Vucic: We will have a lot of problems regarding Kosovo. I’m afraid it will start these days (Tanjug/Beta/RTS/B92)
Artifacts from Kosovo and Metohija part of cultural and historical heritage of Serbia (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Selakovic: Serbia committed to respecting ideas of multilateralism, cooperation (Tanjug/RTV)
Serbian Ambassador to Poland revoked (B92)
Dacic: Not realistic for KFOR Mission to end by UN decision (TV Happy/Beta)
Opposition: Let us unite ahead of 5 October (Beta)
Gas interconnector Serbia-Bulgaria for greater energy security (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

International community will not change its stances and priorities for B&H, new HR Schmidt probably to be appointed in June (Nezavisne)
Nelson visits Banja Luka: B&H needs reforms (RTRS)
SDA: International experts must be involved in negotiations about Law on Elections (Dnevni list)
‘Immediate Response 21’ continues; Komsic to attend part of exercise on Saturday, Dodik’s cabinet informs that Dodik will not attend it (N1/Oslobodjenje)
Podzic: ‘Immediate Response’ exercise proves that B&H is constructive member of Euro-Atlantic community (Nezavisne)
Sattler: Recovery must be based on truth and justice, work of Srebrenica Memorial Center is crucial for this process (Nezavisne)

Time is running out, three people must reach agreement (Vecernji list)
Milanovic says Bulgaria is setting unrealistic conditions for N. Macedonia (HRT)

Djukanovic: Montenegrin state foundation reliable, it is to withstand temptation it is going through now (RTCG)
Why Djukanovic returned Law on State Prosecutor’s Office to parliament (CdM)
Krivokapic: No revanchism, Montenegro has no future with Djukanovic (Gov. Press service)
Fejzic calls on MPs to vote for Resolution on Srebrenica Genocide (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

North Macedonia’s PM: EU leaves room for Russia & China by blocking Balkans (MIA)
EU’s proposal for resolving Bulgaria’s veto on North Macedonia (MIA)
Zaharieva on Silva and Varhely’s visit: Proposal does not meet Bulgaria’s framework position (Republika)
Osmani-Angelov: Bulgaria remains open to pragmatic dialogue with Macedonia (Republika)
Zaev-Silvestri: Italy expresses strong support for Macedonia’s EU perspectives (Republika)
Osmani considers June as optimal chance for Bulgaria to remove veto on start of EU talks (Republika)

Berisha intends to sue Blinken for defamation (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 21, 2021

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• COVID-19: 55 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Kurti invites opposition leaders to a meeting next week (media)
• Government ignores moratorium on application in international organisations (Koha)
• Historians urge Quint not to seek implementation of court ruling (media)
• PDK: Decision to dismiss politically appointed ambassadors ‘scandalous’ (media)
• €1 million frozen, suspicion on money laundering and terror financing (media)
• Kosovo and Serbia host US and Russian-led military exercises (Exit News)
• Former minister sentenced to two years in prison for sexual assault (Koha)

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