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Belgrade Media Report 19 August 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 19 August 2021


Vucic offers additional rewards for information about attack in Gorazdevac (Beta)
Irreplaceable role of UN Mission in Kosovo and Metohija (FoNet/RTV)
Selakovic visits Serbian peacekeepers in southern Lebanon (RTV/Tanjug/Beta)
Agreement on electoral conditions due in first half of September (Tanjug)
IDPs from Kosovo and Metohija still face entry restrictions (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Merkel meets HR Schmidt and expresses full supports to his work (AJB/Hayat/Oslobodjenje)
EU is not considering any sanctions against B&H politicians at the moment (Nezavisne)
Ivanic, Lukic argue former High Representatives worsened situation in B&H, Colo says OHR has never been part of problem in B&H (EuroBlic)
Patriarch Porfirije meets with leaders of all RS parliamentary parties (BN TV)
Kovacevic: Pressures aimed at disappearance of RS and Serbs from B&H are certainly issue for Serb Orthodox Church (Dnevni list)
SDS Presidency concludes that SDS does not support arrival of any HR in B&H (BN TV)
Covic: We need constitutional changes and amendments to Election Law (Dnevni list)
The dangerous Balkan standstill (Project Syndicate/Dnevni list)

Indictment against a Serbian citizen for crimes in Glina (HRT)

The enthronement on 5 September, Porfirije to be welcomed in Podgorica (Pobjeda)
Kascelan to ambassadors: Preservation of peace is a priority, Joanikije’s enthronement should be carried out elsewhere (CdM)
Threats to Veljovic joined by a gusle player, a religious processions hero (Dnevne novine)
Niksic Mayor Marko Kovacevic questioned by prosecution for denying genocide in Srebrenica (MINA)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski invites Levica to join forces in the municipal elections (Republika)
Zaev again insists on holding a census in September (Republika)
Majority of 450 Afghan civilians to arrive in the country by the end of the week (Republika)
Protest against the construction of a center for asylum seekers in Skopje (Republika)

Albania expecting 1000 Afghan refugees within week (ADN/El Periodico)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 19, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 19, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 2,236 new cases, 8 deaths (media)
• US sends 35,100 anti-COVID-19 vaccines to Kosovo (media)
• Four Kosovo citizens evacuated from Afghanistan (media)
• Foreign Ministry approves visit of Serbian official to Kosovo (media)
• PDK: Ministry of Education is failing another school year (media)
• Police fines 509 people for not respecting anti-COVID Law (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 24 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Vucic: With requests for recognition Pristina freed Serbia’s hands (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic on two-day visit in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• One of attackers against Nikola Peric arrested (Radio KIM)
• Serbian broadcaster says will boycott Twitter; Recalls NATO bombing (N1)
• Vucic: Serbia will always stand with Serbs in Kosovo, Republika Srpska (N1)
• Petkovic: Upcoming elections would increase anti-Serbian rhetoric (Radio KIM)
• Displaced people still cannot enter Kosovo through all administrative crossings (KoSSev)
• Randjel Nojkic: Sooner or later I expected rift within Serbian List (Danas)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 19, 2021

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• COVID-19: 2,110 new cases, 4 deaths (media)
• Kurti appeals to people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (media)
• Kurti government doesn’t feel responsible for alarming number of cases (Koha)
• Ministry of Education plans for new academic year to start in schools (RFE)
• Kurti meets German Ambassador Rohde (media)
• Bahtiri: Vetevendosje will win 15 municipalities in local elections (media)
• Osmani: Kosovo ready without hesitation to shelter Afghan refugees (BBC)
• Montenegro dismisses media reports about hosting Afghan refugees (BIRN)
• Think tank defends Serbia hosting secret Afghan Govt-Taliban talks (BIRN)

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