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Belgrade Media Report 23 August 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 23 August 2021


Vucic ready to talk to Kurti, but sees no reason (Beta/Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Selakovic in Cairo: Room for improving economic cooperation (Beta)
Selakovic: Gratitude for Namibia’s support for Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug)
Selakovic: Gratitude to Angola for strong and consistent support to Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug/RTS)
Selakovic: African states attach significance to ties with Serbia (Tanjug/RTS)
Dacic: Afghan HPC organized meetings in Belgrade, Vucic gave green light (TV Prva/Beta/N1)
Vulin: Serbia stopover for Afghan refugees (TV Prva/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Vucic’s statement that he will not extradite Kornjaca to B&H sparks reactions (O Kanal/N1)
Prosecutor’s Office of B&H receives 29 reports for genocide denial so far (ATV)
Izetbegovic: It is yet to be seen whether Prosecutor’s Office of B&H will dare to go after Dodik (Hayat)
Joint Commission of RS parliament and RS CoP fails to harmonize stances regarding Law on Non-Implementation of Decision of High Representative and Amendments to RS Criminal Code (ATV)
B&H signs joint statement of State Department calling for peace in Afghanistan (Avaz)
Sputnik learns RS was not informed that B&H has signed statement of US Department of State on Afghanistan (RTRS)
Dzaferovic: We in B&H will determine our attitude towards Afghanistan based on concrete actions (Hayat)
Make the future safe (Fena)

Message from Cetinje protest: We have no other homeland but Montenegro and we will not allow its clericalization, fascism-orientation, assimilation and entering Serbian World (CdM)
Joanikije on Cetinje protest: They renounce me, I won’t renounce them, they are my brothers (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev’s government now pledges to take 650 Afghan refugees (Republika)
Jansa insists that the EU admits only a small number of Afghans who worked with the NATO mission (Republika)
In violation of the law, the Interior Ministry will begin issuing identity cards with the imposed name “North Macedonia” (Republika)
The Interior Ministry overruled the parliament (Republika)

Blinken held a phone conversation with Rama (Radio Tirana)
Xhaçka: Ready to receive thousands of Afghan refugees (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 23, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 23, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 1,067 new cases, 17 deaths (media)
• U.S. Embassy urges Kosovo people to get vaccinated: We will donate over 700,000 doses (Express)
• 15,577 diaspora voters registered for local elections (Ekonomia Online)
• Haxhiu: violence should be severely punished (media)
• KSF distributes masks to people throughout Kosovo (RTK)
• Dreshaj: The state is treating human lives only as daily figures (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 22 cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic: Reducing number of KFOR soldiers threat to peace and survival of Serbs (N1)
• 23 years since kidnapping of Radio Pristina journalists (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic on Serbian unity, incidents, upcoming elections in Kosovo (Vecernje Novosti, Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Selakovic with President of Egypt on continuation of good cooperation (Kosovo-online)
• Bregovic & Kalashnikov brought crowd to their feet in Korca, concert continued despite tear gas (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 23, 2021

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• COVID-19: 1,682 new cases, 11 deaths (media)
• United States donates 500,000 Pfizer vaccines to Kosovo (Exit News)
• Haradinaj slams Kurti for poor management of COVID-19 situation (media)
• Government to opposition: You legitimised university in the north in 2015 (Koha)
• Pupovci: Kosovo law enables Mitrovica North to build university (media)
• LDK reacts against so-called “Prishtina university in Mitrovica” (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo to equip security forces with armoured vehicles (BIRN)
• Father’s wartime disappearance motivates Kosovo’s missing persons chief (BIRN)
• Cracks are emerging in Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic consensus (BIRN)
• Tear gas thrown when Goran Bregovic sang at Beer Festival in Korça (Ocnal)

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