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Belgrade Media Report 11 August 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 11 August 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Serbia-US relations on upward trajectory (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic: Serbs have to take into account the emotions of the Bosniaks in Serbia but the Bosniaks have to do the same because they all live in Serbia (TV Pink)
Godfrey: Belgrade-Pristina dialogue requires compromise by both sides (021.rs/N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS opposition criticizes Dodik over participating in session of B&H Presidency, which Dodik denies (FTV)
Dodik’s Cabinet denies claims of attendance at urgent telephone session of B&H Presidency; Dodik says he voted against telephone session and he did not take part in any decision-making (RTRS)
Komsic argues Dodik voted in session against appointment of CBBiH GB (N1)
Dodik explains dilemma re B&H Presidency session saying he rejected request to convene session (RTRS)
Dzaferovic believes Schmidt should react to blockade created on state level (AJB/Anadolu)
Conference ‘Inzko’s Law – End of the RS or the Dissolution of B&H?’ takes place in Belgrade; Dodik says Schmidt will have to do something big to prove that he is what he claims to be (RTRS/ATV)
Komsic comments on Dodik’s statements sent from Belgrade (O Kanal)
RS officials, veterans’ associations condemn Court of B&H decision in Savcic case (RTRS)
Covic and Schmidt meet to discuss political situation (N1)
Schmidt meets SDP leader to discuss current political developments in B&H (Glas Srpske)
Montenegro

Krivokapic: The fundamental agreement has been handed over to the Patriarchate, the government is ready to sign it (TV Vijesti)
Krivokapic: Enthronement of Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Joanikije will be held on 4 September in Cetinje, and that no one can prevent that (CdM)
Serbian Church given 600 churches and monasteries across Montenegro in a day (Dnevne novine)
Vuksic will try to prevent protests in Montenegro (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Bulgaria to hold new elections, dispute with Macedonia on a longer vacation (MIA/BTA)
Albania

Rama responds harshly to allegations of ‘treason’ to Kosovo with Open Balkans (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 11, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 11, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 888 new cases, one death (media)
• German government on Open Balkan: Every regional cooperation useful (Express)
• Justice Minister: Scenario of vetting process yet to be decided (Indeksonline)
• Government adopts five-year strategy for rule of law (Telegrafi)
• Wiretap scandal: Special Prosecution now has the audio recordings (Kallxo)
• Over 58% of Kosovars say COVID-19 vaccination must be mandatory (media)
• US Embassy calls on pregnant mothers to get vaccinated (media)
• Women in politics lack support from parties and society (Radio Free Europe)
• Government adopts €15 million agreement to distribute vaccines (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Trajkovic: Only Serbian health care system functions in Kosovo (Danas)
• KFOR to hold 10-day exercises in Kosovo (N1, Radio KIM)
• Vucic spoke with Godfrey: Serbian-US relations on rise (Kosovo-online)
• Prosecution in Gnjilane launched investigation into attack on Serb in Zebnica village (Radio KIM)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Foreign tourists can get free vaccine at Belgrade Fair (B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 11, 2021

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• COVID-19: 562 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Kurti calls on diaspora to register for voting in October 17 elections (media)
• Godfrey: Don’t put demands on table without being ready to compromise (media)
• Rama criticises Kosovo leaders; says Open Balkans leads to recognition by Serbia (Express)
• Pacolli: Kosovo, Albania leaders to reduce tensions (media)
• Open Balkan initiative doomed to fail as agreement in case of natural disasters fails to materialize (Euronews Albania)
• KPC: Deputy Minister Sallahu’s accusations, ungrounded (media)
• Kurti receives Head of Mission of ICRC in Kosovo (RTK)

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