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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 17, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 17, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 1765 new cases, five deaths (media)
• Ministry to discuss additional anti-COVID measures today (Koha)
• Kurti: Sheltering Afghans in Kosovo is done in coordination with US (media)
• U.S. Senate and Ambassador thank Kosovo for agreeing to provide shelter to Afghan refugees (Express)
• About 9 thousand applications from diaspora for October 17 elections so far (Telegrafi)
• Caka-Nimani meets UK Ambassador Nicholas Abbott (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 18 new cases of Covid-19 in Serbian areas in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Stojanovic hands over candidacy for mayor in Gracanica, reactions follow (Radio KIM, media)
• Aleksandar Arsenijevic candidate for mayor in Mitrovica North (Kosovo-online)
• Kosovo Serb media editors on Serbian List attitude toward media (KoSSev)
• Serb young man assaulted in Boshnjak mahala, Radojevic informs Carabinieri Commander on incident (Kosovo-online)
• Anti-Albanian graffiti inscribed than painted over in Gracanica (Radio KIM)
• Serbia’s nationals could return from Afghanistan during day, N1 learns (N1)
• Lawsuit of Milan Radoicic against Rada Trajkovic rejected (KoSSev)
• Belgrade surprised by Twitter move (N1)


• Serbia ‘Hosted Afghan Govt-Taliban Negotiations’, Says Ex-Minister (Balkan Insight)
• Twitter Labels Numerous Media Accounts in Serbia ‘State Affiliated’ (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 August 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 17 August 2021


Vucic: Pressure on Serbia to grow but we will always be with our people (Tanjug/RTV)
Petkovic: Only Serb List candidates have Belgrade’s support (RTS)
Dacic: We organized Afghanistan peace talks three times in Belgrade (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Serbian Foreign Ministry condemns relativization of Jasenovac crime (Tanjug/RTS)
Afghan refugee wave to reach Serbia only in a couple of months (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency holds extraordinary session, calling on HR to get involved in resolving current situation regarding fires that are raging in B&H (Nova BH)
OHR: HR expects relevant domestic authorities to act within the scope of their responsibilities and address pressing needs of local communities in wildfire-affected areas (Nova BH)
Kovacevic: Two B&H Presidency members show that they are afraid of Serb unity (Srna/ATV)
Chinese Embassy to B&H: Chinese authorities do not accept Schmidt’s legitimacy as new HR (Dnevni avaz)
Dzaferovic in Buzim: Ideological and political followers of those who are the main organizers of genocide, interfere with our progress towards EU and NATO membership (Oslobodjenje)

Grlic Radman: Everyone who is responsible should work on changes to Law on Elections (Vecernji list)
Plenkovic talks to Slovenian counterpart Jansa on the phone (HRT)
Foreign Ministry confirms eight Croats have been evacuated from Afghanistan (Hina)

Krivokapic, Abazovic and Becic to be ready to take responsibility (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

DUI party splits in its main stronghold of Kicevo, warns that a Macedonian could be elected Mayor instead of an Albanian (Republika)
Unable to withdraw its own citizens from Kabul, Macedonia offers to accept Afghan asylum seekers (Republika)

Albania: Protesters criticized Rama for being part of the Open Balkans project (ADN)
Preparations are being made to receive the Afghan nationals (Radio Tirana)
Xhacka: Albania is ready to receive the Afghan citizens, in collaboration with allies (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 17, 2021

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• COVID-19: 740 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Berlin: We’re aware of Open Balkan; we support Common Regional Market (media)
• Vaccination of groups over 12, allowed (RTK)
• Kosovo Government decides to shelter Afghans (Telegrafi)
• 94 political entities applied for local elections (Koha)
• LDK with three women mayor candidates for first time in Kosovo (Koha)
• Hoti reacts to Odalovic: Desire for massacres still runs in your blood (Zeri)
• 250 Afghan refugees to arrive in Albania this week (Voice of America)

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