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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 4, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 4, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• EU Special Representative for Kosovo: Fighting corruption needs constant attention (Prishtina Insight)
• Wilson Center issues report: Consolidating Kosovo’s Sovereignty (media)
• CEC has so far approved 1,960 registration applications from Diaspora (Koha)
• Interest in COVID-19 vaccines increases in Kosovo, 14% of people fully vaccinated (KP)
• COVID-19: 221 new cases, one death (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Grenell’s visit during the “Open Balkans” project is (not) a coincidence (Danas, Kosovo Online)
• Serbia sends police choppers to help North Macedonia’s firefighters (N1)
• Jevtic: By introducing economic measures to Serbia, Kurti wants to end dialogue (Gracanica-online)
• Davenport and Mladenovic on language rights in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Sheholli: ”Dragica ought to be sitting with Albanian women, apologizing, although she is not guilty” (Kosovo Online, Blic, Euronews)
• Kosovo portals say Bregovic inspired massacres (KoSSev, N1, Kosovo Online)


• Serbia’s Ambassador to Russia Lazanski Passes Away (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 4 August 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wedne​sday 4 August 2021


Vucic: Imposed decisions are never good, all three peoples in B&H must agree with all decisions (RTS)
Stefanovic: Operation Storm not an operation to liberate, but shameful expulsion of Serbs (FoNet)
Vulin: Operation Storm was biggest ethnic cleansing since WWII (Beta)
Vulin says FBI not involved in breaking up crime group (N1)
Stefanovic denies saying FBI helped in bringing down crime clan (N1/B92)
Popovic: The plan is to weaken us (Novosti)
Tegeltija: Moves of RS were extorted (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt meets B&H Presidency members, Dodik fails to attend the meeting; Schmidt: We will return B&H to international agenda (O Kanal)
Dodik: B&H does not have High Representative (RTRS)
Sarovic welcomes Schmidt’s decision to look for compromise (RTRS)
Kalabukhov: Russia advocates respect for norms of international law and absence of consent of UN SC to Schmidt’s appointment deprives him of necessary legitimacy to be HR in B&H (BHT1/Srna)
Starovic says Schmidt’s thanks to Inzko for imposing of prohibition of genocide denial was not friendly gesture (Srna/Glas Srpske)
Linta: Certain Western power centers are responsible for crisis in B&H because they supported Inzko’s decision and Schmidt’s appointment (Nezavisne)
Tabakovic: Bosniak Caucus does not believe RS CC will grant its motion regarding RS parliament’s conclusions on Inzko’s decision (Hayat)
Petkovic says only Constitutional Court of RS can examine legality of law adopted by RS parlaiment on non-implementation of Inzko’s prohibition of genocide denial (Srna/Nezavisne)
Vulic: Izetbegovic is leading retaliatory policy aimed against RS and Serbs (Glas Srpske)
Cikotic: SIPA is active all over B&H, will continue its work in interest of all citizens of B&H (Dnevni list)
HNS on SDA’s conclusions: 18 unitary demands for continuation of discrimination, for taking control over judiciary and for elimination of non-Bosniaks from all elements of B&H society (Dnevni list)
Izetbegovic says SDA will not one-sidedly accommodate proposals of HDZ B&H, reminds SDA too has its own demands (Dnevni list)
HNC Assembly adopts amendments to HNC Constitution on constituency of Serb people and Bosnian language (N1)
Schmidt welcomes decision of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton to amend Constitution to recognize equality of Serb people and Bosnian language (FTV)
It is still unclear if Open Balkans initiative will be accepted by all countries in the region (Nezavisne)
Kosarac: Open Balkans initiative is opportunity for prosperity of entire region (Glas Srpske)

Grlic Radman: High Representative in B&H remnant of past (Hina/FAZ)
Bosniak wartime internees resent Milanovic’s decision to decorate HVO units (Hina)

Krivokapic and Rama open joint border crossing between Montenegro and Albania (Gov. Press Service)
Republic of North Macedonia

Serbia sends four helicopters to extinguish fires in parts of the country; Serbian Interior Minister Vulin visits fire-hit municipality (Republika)

Rama: Open Balkans is a comprehensive initiative that targets all countries in the region (Radio Tirana)
Grenell: Kosovo was wrong for not taking part in the Open Balkans. I support Rama’s vision for the Balkans. I love Albania and I invite US investors in the country (Radio Tirana/News24)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 4, 2021

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• Head of Financial Intelligence Unit sacked (media)
• Investigations against senior officialsmentioned in recordings (Betimi per Drejtesi)
• “Proof that prosecution, judiciary are influenced by interest groups” (Telegrafi)
• Vetevendosje people in the board that government proposed to Assembly (Koha)
• Haradinaj calls on government to treat wildfires more seriously (media)
• Vetevendosje implies Arben Vitia will run for Prishtina Mayor (Express/ATV)
• COVID-19: 110 new cases, 1 death (media)

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