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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 18, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 18, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 2,110 new cases, four deaths (media)
• The U.S. Embassy: Anti-COVID vaccines do not change human DNA (media)
• PDK’s Hoxhaj gets second vaccine dose, calls on teachers to get vaccinated (Zeri)
• EU responds positively to Osmani’s request to monitor local elections (media)
• Kurti: Have to deal with the past; no luxury for mistakes or experiments (EO)

Serbian Language Media:

• EU spokesperson says Belgrade-Pristina dialogue activities continue (N1)
• KP: Three people detained over physical attack on young man in Mitrovica North (KoSSev)
• Vucic: Serbia to offer additional reward to find those responsible for crime in Gorazdevac (Kosovo-online)
• Leposavic-based TV Mir part of cable network in northern Kosovo again (Radio kontakt plus)
• Stojanovic on reasons why he decided to run for mayor (KoSSev)
• Serbian List in Gracanica: Branimir Stojanovic wishes harm to Serb people (KoSSev)
• Two Serbian nationals evacuated from Kabul, one remains (N1)
• Serbia donates coronavirus vaccines to Lebanon (N1)
• Bregovic confirms performance in Korca (KoSSev)


• Balkan countries affirm US alliance by accepting Afghan refugees (politico.eu)
• Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia Prepare to Shelter Fleeing Afghans (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 August 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 18 August 2021


Vucic: We want the best possible relations with Montenegro (Beta)
EU: No specific meetings in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, only contacts on different levels (Beta)
Selakovic: Lebanese officials express principled support for Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (RTV)
Office for Kosovo and Metohija: They are drawing targets on Serbs with messages from Pristina (RTV/Tanjug)
Appointment of Schmidt is illegal and illegitimate (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency members Komsic and Dzaferovic hold session without Dodik, approve decision to hold ‘Quick Response’ exercise (BHT1/FTV)
Dodik’s cabinet: Komsic and Dzaferovic continue to degrade B&H Presidency and turn it into circus (RTRS)
Prosecutor’s Office of B&H confirms that it received criminal report against Dodik (BHT1)
Sarajevo politicians use wildfires in FB&H to blame RS, Dodik; Kovacevic: This is how they hide their incompetence (ATV)
Opposition leaders mostly agree that Dodik should give his consent for deployment of Armed Forces in firefighting operation (Glas Srpske)
Cvijanovic: It is obvious that Russia and China tried to bring order into procedures and manner of HR’s appointment in B&H (ATV)
SDP to Embassies of Russia and China: Respect the legitimacy of HR (Dnevni list)
B&H MPs comment Russia, China stances regarding appointment of HR Schmidt (Oslobodjenje)
RS CoP fails to harmonize views on invoking of protection of VNI in case of law on non-application of decision of HR and law on amendments to RS Criminal Code (RTRS)
HJPC confirms second instance disciplinary commission in procedure against Gordana Tadic did not make decision (RTRS)

Croatian MEP: NATO has to understand its Afghanistan mistakes (Hina)

Krivokapic: I got the information about coup plot (CdM/Nova)
Fierce reactions from Montenegro to Drasko Stanivukovic’s statement (N1)
Dritan’s “new hope” denies Montenegrins (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Nikoloski: This will be the first election in which the government didn’t accept the OSCE/ODIHR recommendations over the Electoral Code (Republika)
Osmani: Turns out we need a political government in Sofia to negotiate with after all (Republika)
Macedonia and Turkey to sign agreement for military and financial cooperation (Republika)
Region praises Zaev, Kosovo and Albania’s readiness to accept refugees from Afghanistan (Republika/ANA-MPA/Documento)

Rama: An honor and duty for us to host the Afghan refugees, surprised by the rich countries (Tirana Times/The Guardian)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 18, 2021

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• COVID-19: 1,783 new cases, five deaths (media)
• Health Minister: 99 percent of tested samples resulted with Delta variant (media)
• Health Institute chief appeals for vaccination against COVID-19 (Indeksonline)
• Kosovo approves vaccinations for over-12s (Exit News)
• PDK’s Nikaj slams government for poor management of pandemic (EO)
• Osmani: Two Kosovars safely evacuated from Afghanistan (media)
• Kurti: I cannot disclose number of Afghans that will be sheltered (AP/Klan Kosova)
• Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia prepare to shelter fleeing Afghans (BIRN)
• Controversial Kosovo Serb powerbroker’s libel case dismissed (BIRN)

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