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Belgrade Media Report 1 June

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Vucic: It is not just about Kosovo, their goal is to stop our economy (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTS)
Selakovic: Strong Serbia-China relations reflected in all areas (Beta/Xinhua)
Selakovic: We hope we will continue to enjoy Mexico’s support for inviolability of Serbia’s territorial integrity (Tanjug)
Lavrov: Russia will continue to support Serbia in preserving territorial integrity and sovereignty; we will accept solution for Kosovo that is acceptable for Serbia (NSPM/Beta/Politika)
Patriarch Porfirije to the Ministry of Culture: Postpone the adoption of the Law on Cultural Heritage! (spc.rs)
Gojkovic says draft law changed at church suggestion (N1)
Kostic says Pristina’s letter to UNESCO a provocation (N1)
Meyer: Change of borders in Balkans does not necessarily lead to war (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS officials to meet with Vucic in Belgrade to hold consultations on issue of appointment of new HR (Srna/ATV)
Mazalica announces no meetings will be held with Schmidt and his decisions will not be respected; Lukic argues only UN SC can appoint High Representative (EuroBlic)
Tegeltija on appointment of Schmidt as new HR: What PIC decides means nothing without confirmation of UN SC (ATV)
IAWG is not likely to be successful in reaching agreement on electoral reform (Nezavisne)
B&H CoM decides conditions for entry of foreign citizens to B&H remain unchanged, no visa liberalizations for citizens of Saudi Arabia, Ireland and Great Britain (BHT1)

An open letter from Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic (PM Press Office)
Knezevic claims that both Abazovic and Becic saw Fundamental Agreement (Pobjeda)
Stoltenberg: Montenegro should show it is a committed NATO member by actions (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: “Decisive Strike 21” exercise strengthens Transatlantic partnership (Republika)

President’s impeachment/parliament expected to vote on 9 June (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 1, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 19 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Vitia: we will provide two million vaccines until the end of the year (media)
• Kurti: Dialogue to be held in middle of June (RTK)
• Lajcak and Palmer meet with international community in Kosovo (media)
• EU is optimistic about the Balkans, U.S. wants Serbia to recognize Kosovo (Koha)
• Lajcak informs heads of EU missions on the future meeting (RTK)
• Palmer and Kosnett meet Haradinaj (media)
• Mehaj: Defender Europe 21 fortifies Kosovo’s path to NATO (euronews.al)
• Four northern municipalities do not pay for consumed water, debt reached 15 million (RTK)
• GAP: Over 190 thousand job seekers registered during March-September (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• No new Covid-19 cases in Serbian communities in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Lajcak and Palmer in Pristina, ”normalization of relations with Serbia is a key factor in attracting US investments” (KoSSev)
• Vucic: EU, US increasing pressure to recognize Kosovo (N1)
• Moscow will support solution for Kosovo that suits Belgrade (N1)
• Serbia’s Min: Kosovo lacks knowledge, willingness to guard Serb heritage (N1)
• Kostic: Letter from Kosovo leaders to UNESCO – provocation (KiM radio, N1)
• Serbian Orthodox Church Holly Assembly of Bishops concluded in Belgrade (SOC, media)
• Dacic: Russia and China would have to get involved in resolving Kosovo issue (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic and Davidoiu on situation in Kosovo, dialogue (Radio KIM)
• Greece: We do not recognize Kosovo; our position remains unchanged (media)


• Top U.S., EU Envoys Tell Kosovo That Better Ties With Serbia Will Open Door To Europe (RFE)
• EU, US Push for ‘New Dynamics’ in Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue (Balkan Insight)
• Civil Society Forum kicks off by taking stock of the eight years of Berlin Process (EWB)


• Children’s book “Nature colours with Uta and Miljana” published (Kallxo)
• Civil society organisations issue report on human rights in Kosovo (Koha)
• The trails in the Western Balkans worth the trek (euronews.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 1, 2021

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• COVID-19: 5 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Health Minister to report today about management of COVID-19 (media)
• President Osmani meets Palmer and Lajcak (media)
• Prime Minister Kurti meets Lajcak and Palmer (media)
• Foreign Minister Gervalla meets Lajcak and Palmer (media)
• Palmer meets Serbian List representatives, discuss dialogue (media)
• Palmer: Kosovo-Serbia agreement, crucial to attracting US investments (media)
• US Embassy says Palmer’s meetings were constructive (media)
• Palmer, Lajcak to hold joint press conference today at 10:45 (media)
• Spanish Foreign Ministry: No plan to open liaison office in Kosovo (Express)
• Government wants direct communication with Serb Orthodox Church in Kosovo (Koha)
• Local Government Minister: Association is anti-constitutional (media)
• Former judge: EU mission in Kosovo politically handled KLA Cases (Exit News)

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