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Belgrade Media Report 26 May

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Vucic: I don’t expect any changes in Washington’s attitude towards Serbia (B92/Beta/parlamentnilisty.cz)
Support to priorities of Swedish OSCE Chairpersonship; Sweden supports EU mediated Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS/Tanjug)
Dacic: Good cooperation with OSCE (RTV/Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Krivokapic meets with senior RS officials in Banja Luka: Time has come for economy to dominate in region (ATV)
B&H trucks over 7.5 tons cannot enter Croatia at five border crossings (Nova BH)

Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure states new Rulebook does not cancel existing routs for freight transport between B&H and Croatia (Hina)

Montenegrin Justice Minister: Text of fundamental agreement agreed upon with SPC (Dan)
Lakovic: Abazovic receives unprecedented support from MEPs for the fight against crime (Office of the Deputy PM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Bulgaria will ask the EU to provide guarantees that Macedonia will keep its promises (Republika)

Soreca: Albania passed the EU test with the elections! It has met the conditions to hold the Intergovernmental Conference (Radio Tirana)
Germany ‘blames’ Turkey and Balkans countries for high Covid-19 infections last summer; Rama reacts (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 26, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 44 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Curfew expected to be lifted as part of new measures against COVID-19 (media)
• Abdixhiku: Kurti has changed position on several topics of dialogue (Koha)
• Opposition call for US involvement in the dialogue (Prishtina Insight)
• Remains of at least nine people exhumed from mass grave in Serbia (BIRN)
• Konjufca: Identities of perpetrators of massacres to be revealed (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Tanaskovic: Pristina’s attempts have no chance of success (RTS)
• Vecernje Novosti: Kurti has visions of tanks in Medvedja (Kosovo Online)
• Jovanovic: US created Kosovo; they can ‘break it up’ if it is in their interest (Kosovo-online)
• Kamberi: Only the United States can force Vucic (B92, Kosovo Online, Euronews)
• Brnabic: Serbia supports Swedish OSCE priorities (N1)
• Exhumation process in Kizevak concluded (Radio KIM)
• ”The obligation that 50 percent, of registered voters must go to the polls for the referendum, will be abolished” (Vecernje Novosti)
• The second protest held in Stanisor village in Novo Brdo municipality (Kontakt plus radio)
• Western Balkans a Priority of Slovenia’s EU Council Presidency (Beta, STA)
• Rakic, Mladenovic on implementation of law on use of languages (Kontakt plus radio)
• Serbian Government to financially support families affected by floods in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)


• Western Balkan Border Changes Must Remain An EU Red Line (globalsecurityreview.com)
• Spain’s Impact on Kosovo’s Accession Process into the EU (EWB)


• City official says almost half of Serbian capital’s adults vaccinated (N1)
• Brnabic: Environment, green economy are priorities (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 26, 2021

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• COVID-19: 11 new cases, one death (media)
• Kosovo to receive additional vaccines from EU states (RFE)
• After Croatia, other countries too promise to donate vaccines to Kosovo (Koha)
• Kosovo government “no hand” in drafts of two regional agreements (Koha)
• Opposition asks government for US envoy in dialogue with Serbia (Exit News)
• PM Kurti to meet LDK leader Abdixhiku at 11:00 today, source say (Telegrafi)
• Rohde praises government’s stance to improve regional cooperation (media)
• Hajdari: I was misinterpreted (media)
• Svecla: Poor presence of the state in the north (Kallxo)
• President Osmani meets representatives of Heinrich Böll Stiftung (media)
• Recommendation to dismiss the Privatization Agency of Kosovo Board (media)
• Surroi: I will be advisor to negotiating team in dialogue with Serbia (media)
• “Mini-Schengen and regional cooperation” research to be published today (RTK)
• Civil Registration Agency head dismissed (media)

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