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Belgrade Media Report 28 May

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Vucic: We are hoping Greece will not recognize Kosovo (Tanjug/RTS/Politika)
Vucic after meeting with Patriarch, bishops and Dodik (Tanjug/B92/RTS)
Vucic to Botsan-Kharchenko: Days ahead difficult for our country; Botsan-Kharchenko to Vucic: Russia’s active support for defense of international law norms and, thus, Serbia’s territorial integrity (RTV/Tanjug)
Brnabic against redrawing borders accepted by United Nations (Politika/Tanjug)
Stefanovic with UNOB Head (RTV/Tanjug)
SPC: Krivokapic presented Patriarch so far untold reasons for postponing of signing of Fundamental Agreeement (RTS)
Inzko: Dayton does not foresee peaceful dissolution of B&H (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Inzko resigns, PIC SB appoints Schmidt as next HR (BHT1)
Schmidt: I will dedicate myself to OHR vigorously and in close exchange with international community, responsible parties and citizens of B&H (Al Jazeera Balkans)
International community’s reactions to Schmidt’s appointment (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik: Inzko’s resignation is international community’s bluff, RS has no intention of cooperating with illegitimate High Representatives (ATV)
RS MPs comment appointment of new High Representative (Nezavisne)
Borenovic believes that appointment of Schmidt as new HR proves intention of international community to seriously deal with B&H that is not ready to be country without HR; Kovacevic criticizes Borenovic’s statement (RTRS)
FB&H reactions to Schmidt’s appointment (Dnevni avaz/Nova BH)
Dodik attends discussion ‘Original Dayton or peaceful separation in B&H’ in Belgrade: Peaceful separation is good at least to enhance our negotiation position, to gain something back; I believe position of RS will be solved in next ten years (RTRS)
Delegation of US Congress visits Sarajevo, meets Minister Turkovic (Oslobodjenje)
B&H reaches agreement with Croatia regarding disputed border crossings (BHT1)

Plenkovic discusses strengthening bilateral cooperation with Chinese delegation (HRT)

MPs vote again in favor of amendments to prosecutorial law (CdM)
Djukanovic’s cabinet: Instead of fanatical obsession with President, Krivokapic should focus on PM position (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

President Pendarovski meets with Pope Francis (Republika)

Roth hopes a positive decision is taken on Albania (Radio Tirana)
Premier calls on EU to convene first Intergovernmental Conference (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 28, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 18 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Osmani and Kurti visit KSF participating ‘Defender Europe 21’ military exercise (media)
• Palmer to visit Kosovo next week (media)
• German Minister: Kosovo has fulfilled visa liberalization criteria (Express)
• Greek Foreign Minister to visit Kosovo next week (democracia.com)
• Kurti introduces the new RAEPC Board (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic after meeting with the patriarch and bishops: The ”play” of Kurti; Hillary’s ”idea” of Kosovan heritage (KoSSev)
• Diocese: Without previous respect of judicial decisions and the rule of law, pointless to answer Kurti’s letter (KoSSev)
• Office for KiM: With series of attacks message sent to Serb returnees they are not welcome (RTS)
• Gogic: By recognizing Kosovo, Greece would create itself problem with Cyprus (RTK2, Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic informed the French ambassador about the position of the Serbian people and the SOC in Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Simic, Ceranic with Szunyog on political situation, work of Assembly and challenges in Kosovo (TV Most)
• Kurti learned a lesson, the right decision to give up reciprocity towards Serbia (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic with Botsan-Kharchenko: Difficult days await our country (Kosovo-online)
• Lajcak and Palmer next week in Belgrade also (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)


• Mystery plans to redraw Balkan borders alarm leaders (BBC)
• Is Kosovo taking a harder line with Serbia? (emerging-europe.com)
• Problems in Greek-Serbian relations over Kosovo? (greekcitytimes.com)


• Balkan countries are source of most of SO2 emissions in Europe (balkangreenenergynews.com)
• Why we must show feminist solidarity with people on the long road West (Kosovo 2.0)
• Kosovo reports alarming figures of domestic violence with a staggering 500 cases in 5 months (euronews.al)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 28, 2021

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• COVID-19: 23 new cases, one death (media)
• Kosovo receives 100,620 doses of Pfizer vaccines (Koha)
• Kurti vows to dissolve PAK, Assembly dismisses agency’s board (media)
• Kurti: This is first step toward dissolution of PAK (media)
• Orthodox Church responds to Kurti’s request to visit Decan Monastery (media)
• Sources: Palmer, Lajcak to visit Prishtina on Monday (Klan Kosova)
• Haziri: Presevo Valley to be part of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Zeri)
• Osmani, Kurti to visit KSF soldiers taking part in “Defender Europe 21” (media)
• Rama: Kosovo kept hostage to visa liberalisation (Koha/Klan)
• Mimoza Kusari-Lila could run again for Gjakova Mayor (T7)
• Life imprisonment for man accused of Donjeta Pajazitaj’s murder (BIRN)
• “Brussels must revive its weakened ‘power currency’ in Balkans” (BIRN)
• Simmons wants to testify to Kosovo Assembly “how EU perverted justice” (media)
• New status conference in Haradinaj and Gucati case to be held today (media)

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