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Belgrade Media Report 9 August 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 9 August 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Drecun: Difficult challenge for the US, unless it is an agreement (TV Tanjug)
Djuric: Bunker mentality winning in Pristina (Tanjug)
Zaev: Our peoples have the same path (Politika)
Vukanovic: Vucic restraining Dodik at Germany’s order (Danas)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Izetbegovic says HR Schmidt should not meet with RS officials outside institutions (O Kanal)
Dodik says meeting with Schmidt will not be held unless all political parties agree on it (O Kanal)
Sarovic says he wants to believe EU, PIC and Schmidt are willing to work on creation of better atmosphere (N1)
Stevandic says unity of RS parties must not be threatened (N1)
Unity of ruling and opposition parties in RS is limited only to struggle against decision Inzko imposed and it does not include other political issues (Glas Srpske)
Radoncic says Dodik will not intimidate Bosniaks, notes it would have been better had Inzko imposed prohibition of genocide denial sooner (Dnevni avaz)
RS opposition parties reject Dodik’s idea bout concentration government in RS (Oslobodjenje)
Cubrilovic: Bosniak Caucus at RS CoP wants to minimize and put aside whatever RS has done (RTRS)
Zvizdic assumes post of B&H HoR speaker, says HR’s decision was good ground for stopping hate speech (Oslobodjenje)
Participation of B&H AF in NATO peace missions brought into question due to political crisis in B&H? (BHT1)
Egrlic, Cengic, Cenic disagree on whether B&H should join Open Balkans initiative (Oslobodjenje)
Two initiatives for connecting regional market of Balkans currently in focus one being Open Balkans other being Berlin Process continuation (N1)
Prosecutor’s Office of B&H asks for launching of proceedings against Croatian war commanders (RTRS)
Croatia

Croatia receives B&H’s request for transfer of proceedings against army officers (Hina)
Milanovic calls Bosnian Prosecution’s letter of request sabotage (Hina)
Montenegro

BIA approves the turncoats to return to ANB positions (Dnevne novine)
Albania

Minister departs towards Voskopoja as new fire starts in Albania; Harsh punishment for arsonists (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 9, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 9, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti is asked to find “creative” solution for Association (media)
• Kusari-Lila: We can discuss other topics with Rama, but not Open Balkan (Koha)
• Police Director says vetting in judiciary, including police, is necessary (media)
• Kosovo Defence Minister: US Army main guarantor of security in Kosovo (media)
• COVID-19: 263 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Rakic: Pristina uses passivity of Brussels (Vecernje Novosti)
• Incident near administrative line with Kosovo on Friday (Tanjug, Radio KIM)
• Patriarch Porfirije: Support to church and people in Greece (Radio KIM)
• Vucic and Botsan-Kharchenko – High degree of bilateral cooperation (RTS)
• Albanians launch petition against Goran Bregovic (KoSSev)
• Five new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Zaev: Our peoples have same path, ‘Open Balkans’ demonstration of progress (Kosovo-online, Politika)

International:

• Diaspora Kosovars flood home after year of absence (BIRN)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Serbians likely to be able to travel to EU after August 15 (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 9, 2021

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• Kosovo chief prosecutor orders investigations over leaked wiretaps (BIRN)
• Kosovo judge caught on wiretap resigns (Express)
• Enver Hoxhaj leaves PDK’s chairmanship (Express)
• Wildfires devastate Kosovo mountains (RFE)
• Kosovo to make vaccines mandatory for access to indoor spaces (Exit.al)
• Dream that survived: Kosovo’s DokuFest marks 20 triumphant years (BIRN)
• COVID-19: 269 new cases, no deaths (media)

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