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Belgrade Media Report 30 August

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Vucic: I still have not made the decision on whether I will attend enthronement of Moteropolitan Joanikije (RTS)
Patriarch spoke about the situation in Montenegro: I feel sad (B92)
Selakovic: Gratitude to Vietnam for principled and active support to Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug)
Petkovic: More than 1,600 still missing (Beta)
Escobar to succeed Palmer as US Western Balkans envoy (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Erdogan, B&H Presidency members discuss infrastructural projects, economic cooperation (N1)
Dodik: Situation in B&H could be resolved through mediation of Erdogan, Vucic and Milanovic (RTRS/BNTV)
Nesic: Serb parties did not agree on any type of ‘Dayton 2’ (BNTV)
Komsic on Dodik’s statement about DPA (Hayat)
Dodik: I believe Erdogan is deeply aware about division within B&H (ATV)
We intend to raise trade with B&H to one billion Euros (Dnevni list)
FB&H, RS agree on model for distribution of IMF funds (N1)
Schmidt is guest in B&H (Srna)
Inzko’s decision can lead Srpska do independence (Glas Srpske)

Grlic Radman on Dodik’s call: Croatia views B&H as country with European perspective (HRT1)

Krivokapic, Erdogan: The future of relations between Montenegro and Turkey is in richer economic cooperation (gov.me)
Djukanovic and Erdogan: Relations between Montenegro and Turkey are friendly (CdM)
Djukanovic: I urge relocation of Joanikije’s enthronement outside Cetinje (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Cooperation agreement with the Alliance for Albanians and Alternative is a historic step for both Macedonia and VMRO-DPMNE, says Mickoski (Republika)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 30, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 932 new cases, 20 deaths (media)
• Kurti appeals to citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (media)
• Kosovo leaders: Fate of the forcibly disappeared, top priority in relations with Serbia (media)
• ICRC: 23 years on, 1,630 people still missing in Kosovo (media)
• UNMIK calls on Pristina and Belgrade to redouble efforts for clarifying the fate of missing persons (Koha)
• EULEX and Kosovo Police develop database to facilitate investigation of war crimes and enforced disappearances (RFE/RTK)
• Kosovo receives U.S. donation of military vehicles (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Tanin reminds of the importance of clarifying the fate of missing persons (RTK2, Radio Mitrovica North, Kosovo Online)
• Gabriel Escobar the new State Department’s envoy for the Western Balkans (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Vucic at the Bled Forum; Rama, Zaev and Kurti at the panel on EU enlargement (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• ”Serbian list withdrawing from the elections is unrealistic scenario” (Danas)
• The trial for the murder of Oliver Ivanovic continued today (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic: And today, we ask when it will be possible to search nine locations in Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Rakic: Society’s moral obligation to uncover the truth about missing (Kosovo Online)
• In Gracanica six Covid-19 cases during the weekend (RTK2)


• Afghans Evacuated From Kabul In U.S. Airlift Arrive In Kosovo (RFE)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 30, 2021

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• COVID-19: A record 36 deaths in last 24 hours (media)
• “Over 90 percent of victims in last 24 hours were not vaccinated” (RFE)
• Kurti: Impossible to have a long lockdown in the country (Koha/RFE)
• PDK leader: Another tragic day for Kosovo (media)
• LDK gives recommendations to government in fight against COVID-19 (media)
• First group of Afghan refugees arrive in Kosovo (media)
• Rama doubles down on Open Balkan, promises new approach with Kosovo (Exit News)
• Businesses eye boost, but also barriers, in ‘Open Balkan’ initiative (BIRN)

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