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Belgrade Media Report 12 August 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 11 August 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Zervakis: Cyprus stands to principled position of non-recognition of so-called Kosovo (Tanjug/Beta/RTS)
SPC: Montenegrin government made a large number of changes in the text of the Basic Agreement (Tanjug/RTV/Politika)
Serbian Interior Ministry: Former RS Army commander is not in Serbia (Beta)
Violence by Valentin Inzko (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Current location of Savcic still unknown; Court of B&H issues arrest warrant (Nova BH)
INTERPOL issues warrant for Savcic’s arrest (O Kanal)
Dodik: I see B&H Court and prosecution as bodies of inquisition (RTRS)
Mayer criticizes Inzko for imposing law banning denial of genocide (ATV)
Head of Legal Department in RS MoI Obradovic sends memo to all units to implement all article of B&H Criminal Code, including Inzko’s amendments (Hayat)
Google and Twitter to remove content denying Srebrenica genocide (Dnevni avaz)
Opposition leaders from RS argue political Sarajevo is trying to break apart Serb unity (Nezavisne)
Izetbegovic: Blockades are response of nationalistic policies to many positive developments to the benefit of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Nesic: Bakir Izetbegovic pushing B&H into isolation (Srna)
Schmidt speaks to Cormack: USA and OHR committed to B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Despite opposing its work, Russia still financing work of OHR (Nezavisne)
Montenegro

Tensions rising ahead of enthronement of metropolitan bishop in Cetinje (N1)
Census hardly to be this year, the contract with the Serbian Orthodox Church corrected (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Osmani: Ohrid Framework Agreement most successful, it’s shown in everyday life (Republika)
Albania

Germany supports Rama-Vucic-Zaev Open Balkans initiative (AND/Express/RFE)
Rama invites states to join Open Balkans after Germany’s confirmation (ADN)
Haradinaj reacts over clashes with Rama (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 12, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 12, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 1,009 new cases and two deaths (media)
• Beerfest festival in Prishtina cancelled amid growing COVID-19 cases (media)
• Albanian parties to run with one list in northern municipalities (Koha)
• Three Serbian nationals arrested in Gjilan, 11 kg of drugs seized (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 13 new Covid-19 cases registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Ksenija Bozovic appointed deputy minister (Kosovo-online, media)
• Attacked Nikola Peric feels well, needs to undergo nose surgery (TV Most)
• RFE: Serbian List officials from Kosovo selectively report double salaries (N1)
• Cyprus will not change stance on Kosovo (RTS)
• Davenport: Decision on Monastery’s land in Decane should be implemented (Kosovo-online)
• Tanaskovic: New Pristina’s tactic to appropriate Serbian heritage, UNESCO’s decision important (Kosovo-online)
• Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Porfirije gets Instagram account (N1)

International:

• German statement revives Kosovo-Albania tensions about ‘Open Balkan’ project (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 12, 2021

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• COVID-19: 888 new cases, one death (media)
• Silence in the face of growing cases of COVID-19 (Radio Free Europe)
• Ministry: Start of school year depends on vaccination of teaching staff (Telegrafi)
• Court allows Gasic to stay in her apartment (media)
• Albanian PM criticises Kosovo leaders about Open Balkan again (media)
• Peja municipal director for cadaster and property arrested (media)
• Dozens of suspected arsonists arrested in Balkans over blazes (BIRN)

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