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Belgrade Media Report 16 August 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 16 August 2021


Vucic: Those rocking Pristina in the cradle, will continue so (RTV/RTS/Tanjug)
Odalovic: Wherever the Americans were, they left that place, Pristina needs to thinks about that (RTS)
Mirovic says goal of activities related to Srebrenica is to guide political processes in certain direction (Novosti)
Governments of Serbia and RS are working as a team (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Merkel calls on Inzko and Schmidt for consultations on Wednesday and after that, she will meet with Putin (ATV)
Vulin: Serbia is against any kind of imposing of laws in B&H and against any kind of disrespect for Dayton Agreement (ATV)
Lukac and Vulin hold meeting with representatives of Serbs in FB&H; Vulin: As long as Vucic is President of Serbia, Belgrade’s policy will be preservation of peace and stability in region (RTRS)
Experts say Moscow’s diplomatic note stating that it does not accept Schmidt as new HR represents strong support to RS and commitment of RS institutions for respecting DPA (RTRS)
Embassy of Russian Federation in B&H issues diplomatic note officially stating that it does not accept Schmidt as new HR in B&H (FTV/N1)
Cubrilovic: Purpose of Inzko’s decision is to justify unitarization of B&H (Fena/Nezavisne)
Trivic: We remain to be opposition to SNSD and Dodik, but not to the RS (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik to Ambassador Nelson: Enough of your meddling in B&H (Srna/Nezavisne)
Prodanovic says current crisis is biggest since Dayton, argues part of international community bears responsibility for it (Glas Srpske)
RS MoI: Ministry did not issue an order for acting in accordance with the law imposed by Inzko (Srna)
Head of Jablanica Municipality announces that he will file criminal report against Dodik because he did not give consent for use of B&H AF helicopter in extinguishing fires (O Kanal)
B&H Presidency adopts conclusion tasking B&H Ministry of Security with using all mechanisms to ensure adequate response to current and future situations related to natural disasters, including wildfires (O kanal)
EUFOR replies to Komsic: EUFOR does not possess equipment for extinguishing of wildfires from air (BHT1)
Grlic Radman calls on Prosecutor’s Office of B&H to process war crimes against Croats (Dnevni list)

Plenkovic: Repatriation of Croatians from Afghanistan organized (Hina)
Cavara: Bosniak political elites still have wartime goals; We do not place hopes on role of HR; HRs have made big damage to Croats so far (Slobodna Dalmacija)

Joanikije’s enthronement a final step in the occupation of Montenegro (Dnevne novine)
SDP seeks urgent session of Cetinje assembly: Joanikije’s enthronement should be cancelled (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: VMRO-DPMNE to run for a convincing victory with many new names (Republika)
Macedonia’s government prepared to help US and accept Afghan civilians, says Zaev (Republika)

Open Balkans, EU reacts: We welcome the leaders’ commitments for regional cooperation (Radio Tirana)
American Department of State in favor of the Open Balkans initiative: Common Regional Market, essential for the progress of the Western Balkans! (Radio Tirana/VoA)
Open Balkans, Kurti strong messages to Tirana (Radio Tirana)
US government in talks with Tirana to shelter Afghani citizens (Tirana Times)
DP Chair calls for Albania helping Afghans fleeing Taliban (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 16, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 16, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 740 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Recommendations how to increase vaccination rates (Koha)
• Foreign Ministry working to evacuate three Kosovars from Afghanistan (media)
• “Frequent changes of government delayed issue of missing persons” (EO)
• VV, LDK and AAK to run with single list in Gracanica (Kallxo)
• €2.6 million for environmental protection and diaspora investments (media)
• Protest in front of Albanian PM office against Open Balkan (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Ten cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo on Saturday (Radio KIM)
• UNS and its branch in Kosovo: Serbian List to invite journalists without selection to events of public significance (Radio KIM)
• Serbian List submitted list of candidates for mayors (Radio KIM)
• Vucina Jankovic new head of North Mitrovica administrative district (KoSSev)
• Citizens’ associations and Serbian media in Kosovo – Pandemic of security incidents (Danas)
• Serbian minister says third vaccine dose as of this week (N1)
• One more “KLA” graffiti inscribed in Gracanica (Radio KIM)
• “Wherever Americans were, they left eventually, Pristina must think about that” (B92, RTS)


• Balkan states scramble to evacuate stranded citizens From Afghanistan (BIRN)
• Balkan countries offer refuge to Afghans after Taliban takeover (BIRN)


• Wasted Water: Leaking Pipelines Threaten to Let Balkans Run Dry (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 16, 2021

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• COVID-19: 1,096 new cases, 4 deaths (media)
• Kosovo opens doors to Afghan refugees (Koha Ditore)
• US: Kosovo joins calls for safe departure of Afghans (media)
• Albright thanks Kosovo for offering to refuge Afghan allies (media)
• Citaku: Kosovo should shelter some refugees from Afghanistan (RTK)
• Kosovo parties ponder joint candidates in Serb-majority areas (BIRN)
• Kosovo without protect against Russian propaganda (Radio Free Europe)
• COVID-19 spike adds to jitters over new school year in Balkans (BIRN)

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