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Belgrade Media Report 5 August

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Remembrance Day of killed and expelled Serbs in operation Storm marked(Tanjug/RTS/Politika)
Obradovic: We decided to respond to President’s invitation after learning that their opposition will be present at the meeting with RS political representatives (Tanjug)
Opposition to merge with authorities? (Novosti)
EU: Serbia must adjust its system to join Eurodac (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt addresses press conference: B&H will not become centralized state, but its functionality must be improved (BHT1)
RS political leadership meets political leadership of Serbia (RTRS/FTV)
Leaders of all political parties in the RS and Serbia hold meeting in Belgrade; Comments (RTRS)
Viskovic: We must all take our tasks seriously and preserve unity we have achieved through conclusions of RS parliament (ATV)
Dodik: Only solution is for B&H to break up (RTRS)
Komsic, Kalabukhov meet and express readiness to work on improving of bilateral relations (Dnevni avaz)
NATO approves B&H’s status of operational partner of NATO Mission in Iraq (Oslobodjenje)

Vukovar: Common wreath laid and candles lit (HRT)
The 26th anniversary of the operation Storm is being marked, and the entire state leadership is expected in Knin (Hina)

Krivokapic: I mourn the innocent victims and expelled Serbs in the operation Storm (MN. PM Twitter)
Republic of North Macedonia

Government recommended to declare 30-day nationwide state of crisis (TV21)
EU activates Civil Protection Mechanism to help various regions in the Mediterranean and the Western Balkans to fight devastating fires (Republika)

Meta and Basha expressed gratitude for EU support in combating fires (Radio Tirana)
Albanian arrested for arson in North Macedonia (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 5, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• President Osmani decrees the Law on Budget Review (media)
• PDK to elect new leadership today (Telegrafi)
• CSIS: Transatlantic coordination is needed for Kosovo-Serbia talks (Koha)
• Nagavci appeals to teachers to vaccinate (media)
• The U.S. Embassy calls for vaccination against COVID-19: They are safe (RTK)
• COVID-19: 195 new cases, two deaths (media)
• “Fires threatening not only Rugova but city of Peja too” (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• “KLA” graffiti written in Prilepac village, near Ranilug (Radio KIM)
• Djuric responds to Vela: Vucic had more bilateral meetings in a couple of months than Osmani will have for the entire mandate (Kosovo Online, Twitter)
• Twenty-six years after ‘Storm’ operation: Serbs mourn, Croats celebrate (N1)
• Brnabic: More than 50 percent of adult population in Serbia inoculated (Radio KIM)
• Gazeta Express again on Goran Bregovic (KoSSev)
• Janjic: “Open Balkans” is an opportunity for the development of Kosovo, I expect Kurti’s government to join (Kosovo Online)
• In Serbian communities two Covid-19 cases (Kontakt plus radio)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 5, 2021

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• Justice minister slams media and civil society’s response to leaked wiretaps (media)
• Prosecutorial Council launches disciplinary actions against prosecutor (media)
• Judicial Council says it will act in line with disciplinary procedure regulation (media)
• Financial Intelligence Unit chief sacked over leaked wiretaps (Prishtina Insight)
• Assembly committee approves list of PAK board nominees (media)
• Slovenia supports Kosovo’s efforts to join NATO, EU (Express)
• Another former EULEX prosecutor wants to report to Kosovo legislators (Lajmi/Zeri)
• Over 38,000 vaccines arrive in Kosovo, half a million more expected from next week (media)
• WHO calls for moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots (media)
• COVID-19: 221 new cases, one death (media)

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