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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 2, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 2, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We did not give up on reciprocity with Serbia (media)
• Protest against Open Balkans in front of Albanian embassy in Prishtina (Kallxo)
• Kosovo Defense Minister: We are monitoring fires (Klan Kosova)
• COVID-19: 48 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Politika: Ten countries ready to withdraw recognition of Kosovo’s independence (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Serbia must be open, hatred towards Albanians brings nothing good (Politika, Beta, N1)
• UNESCO lists reasons why Serbian monasteries in Kosovo are endangered (Radio KIM, Euronews Serbia)
• Visegrad Group welcomes Open Balkans Initiative (N1)
• Petkovic: Albin Kurti threatens and ruins the dialogue (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Petkovic with Pinter on situation of Serbs, SOC in Kosovo, dialogue and ‘Open Balkans’ (Kosovo-online)
• One case of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio KIM)


• Bajrami: Open Balkan of the Balkans people (Koha)
• Palokaj: Open Balkans cannot be built with deniers of genocide (Koha)


• Trenin: Balkans are not a prime battlefield in the Russia-West confrontation (EWB)

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Belgrade Media Report 2 August 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 2 August 2021


Vucic: Open Balkans is an historic step for the region (Politika)
Vucic: Open Balkans initiative historic (RTS)
Zaev convinced more countries from region will join Open Balkans in spite of negative reactions of Montenegro, B&H and Kosovo (Tanjug/Novosti)
Selakovic: Germany very important political, economic partner of Serbia (Tanjug/RTV)
Visegrad Group welcomes Open Balkans initiative (N1)
Petkovic and Berger on situation in Kosovo and Metohija and Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS)
Dacic: Inter-party dialogue can only succeed if proposals are realistic (RTS)
Medieval monuments in Kosovo remain on UNESCO World Heritage List in danger (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Newly appointed HR Schmidt arrives in B&H, says joint efforts can help B&H return to path of progress (Nova BH)
Dodik: Schmidt is not High Representative (RTRS)
Dodik: Schmidt is not legitimate and not welcome here; RS will not accept new High Representative and will offer strong answer (RTRS)
RS parliament adopts amendments to RS Criminal Code and law on non-implementation of HR Inzko’s decision in RS (RTRS)
RS parliament laws enter into force day after publishing in RS Official Gazette; Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP expected to invoke protection of VNI (N1)
Cubrilovic: Laws adopted by RS parliament are forced solutions for decision made by HR Inzko (ATV)
OHR reminds that HR’s decisions must be implemented, Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP expects from new HR to react before B&H CC is asked to assess constitutionality of RS parliament’s law (BHT1)
PIC SBA strongly condemns escalations of tensions and actions undertaken by RS parliament; Russia does not agree (AJB)
Sarovic: PIC SB exceeds its competences with comments to RS parliament conclusions; PIC should not give lectures to anyone (BN TV)
Vukanovic: Dodik should end coalition with SDA in Srebrenica and remove Durakovic from post; Dodik announces Durakovic’s dismissal (BN TV)
Izetbegovic: Entity parliament cannot impose its will neither on state of B&H nor on OHR (Hayat)
Dzaferovic: Unity of Serb parties is not surprising (O kanal)
Reactions in FB&H: Decisions of RS parliament are legally-groundless and non-binding (N1)
100,000 citizens of RS so far signed petition rejecting imposed decision of outgoing HR Inzko (ATV)
Berger meets B&H Presidency members Dzaferovic and Komsic, members of B&H CEC; Significance of OHR in implementation of new reforms highlighted (AJB)
Izetbegovic attends unveiling of monument in Fazlagica Kula, says they will do everything possible to ‘get revenge in our own way’ (Nezavisne)

Inzko’s law: Initiator of changes or road into a bigger chaos? (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Croatia’s PM: Croatia and Kosovo act together in accidents (Hina)

Papovic: Abazovic agreed with Serbian World creators (Vikend novine)
Populism swallowing our reforms, EU silent about Serbian World (Dnevne novine)
Democrats to DF: Go on, overthrow the government, if you dare (CdM)
Krivokapic: I call on all majority parties to elect a non-political Prosecutorial Council (CdM)

Berisha accuses US Ambassador for racist language (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 2, 2021

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• COVID-19: 100 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kurti on Open Balkans: Creates space for influence from the East (KP)
• Kosovo honors Beau Biden, late son of US President (Reuters)
• Kosovo MPs to debate today on first 100 days of Kurti-led government (media)
• Gervalla denies reports suggesting her removal from post (Kallxo)
• Police arrest person for breaking into Gasic’s flat (Koha)
• Kosovo wins international recognition … at the Olympics (Politico.eu)
• Experts’ exodus from Kosovo accreditation body sparks blame game (BIRN)
• Minor earthquake shakes Kosovo, Serbia and North Macedonia (media)
• Kosovo men in search of WWII aircraft at bottom of Lake Ohrid (Euronews.al)

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