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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 25, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 25, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 11 new cases, one death (media)
• Kosovo to receive additional vaccines from EU states (RFE)
• Kurti hails Kosovo’s participation in U.S.-led military exercise (media)
• Haradinaj calls for greater U.S. involvement in Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)
• Hoxhaj asks Kurti: What will be your next present to Serbia? (media)
• Foreign Minister Gervalla reports to Assembly’s foreign affairs committee (media)
• Hajdari: We want to exhaust regional tools to resolve problems with Serbia (KP/Koha)
• Serbian authorities release Kosovo man, arrested months ago (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: Two new cases, one death (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic does not expect NATO would ever apologize for bombing of FRY (N1)
• The mayor of Kamenica confirms the desecration of St. Petka: Such vandalism is unacceptable (KoSSev, Gracanicaonline)
• Office for KiM: Twelfth Orthodox church desecrated since beginning of year (Kosovo-online)
• Protest in Stanisor over trucks (Kontakt plus radio, RTK2)
• Petkovic visits Church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Istok (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Kurti’s approach to church property is not new, but public (Danas)


• How to Improve the Process of Integrating the Western Balkans into the European Union (The National Interest)


• Albanians Question Benefit of US Ban on Berisha (Balkan Insight)


• Stop sexual harassment and abuse in Kosovo’s schools (Kosovo 2.0)
• Efforts to strengthen the WHO (B92, AP)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 May 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 25 May 2021


Djuric reiterates that Biden administration will respect Washington agreement (TV Pink/Beta/Politika)
Selakovic: Serbia dedicated to development of overall relations with African countries (Tanjug/RTS)
Linde: Serbia making headway in reforms, quality needs work (Beta)
Mali: Financial assistance available to Kosovo Serbs as of 24 May (Beta)
Patriarch Porfirije: Assembly shows unity (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Krivokapic visits B&H (O kanal)
Krivokapic comments on Resolution on Srebrenica: Worst thing that is happening in this area is that these victims are being used for political purposes (O kanal)
Kalabukhov: Insisting on OHR remaining operational is paradox; NATO membership does not guarantee stability (Glas Srpske)
EU leaders are discussing harmonization of EU and US policies, this will have consequences for B&H (Nezavisne)
Komsic answers Covic: B&H will be civic state sooner or later (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik tells Palmer to free this region of his presence (Oslobodjenje)

Plenkovic and Michel: Forced landing of plane unacceptable (Hina)
Republic of North Macedonia

Joint Macedonian – Bulgarian celebrations of the day of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in several European cities (Republika)
Radev insists that Macedonia’s path to the EU goes through Sofia (Republika)
Zaev calls on Bulgaria to recognize the Macedonian identity and language (Republika)
Iotova says that Bulgaria is looking into ways the historic dispute will be made part of Macedonia’s EU accession talks (Republika)
Putin: We congratulate our fraternal Macedonian people on the day of Ss. Cyril and Methodius (Republika)

Albania, a major breakthrough in diplomacy/ It is expected to be elected a member of the UN Security Council (Radio Tirana)


Picula: Softening of rhetoric necessary in Montenegro, Government should preserve country’s core values (European Western Balkans)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, 25 May, 2021

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• COVID-19: 14 new cases, one death (media)
• New measures against COVID-19 to be discussed Wednesday (media)
• Croatia confirms donation of 10,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Kosovo (media)
• Gjilan receives 133 food and hygiene packages from UNMIK (media)
• Travel to the region to be made possible through one visa (Koha)
• PM Kurti meets Presevo Valley representatives (media)
• Ministry corrects social media post following backlash (media)
• Conflicting reports about damage to Orthodox church in Shipashnica (Klan/Kallxo)
• Petkovic begins visit to Kosovo after permission from Foreign Ministry (media)
• Gjilan, Kamenica, Vitia sign MoU to support shelter for domestic violence victims (media)

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