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Belgrade Media Report 31 August

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Vucic speaks with Kofod (Tanjug/RTV)
Denmark dedicated to European integration of Serbia (Tanjug)
Selakovic: Belgrade has chance to be center of world on 11-12 October (TV Pink)
Stefanovic: Defense cooperation with Russia at an all-time high (Tanjug)
Escobar is Biden’s new ‘special man’ for Balkans (Politika/Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Erdogan: The condition is for Serbs, Bosniaks and Croats to unite (N1)
RS opposition leaders warn that any unpacking of Dayton Agreement would cause new crisis (N1/BNTV)
Dodik: RS opposition leaders are making things up, no one mentioned ‘Dayton 2’ (RTRS)
Salkic: I did not expect anything new from RS opposition (Hayat)
Izetbegovic: No new agreements on future of B&H to be reached in format Dodik demands (Nova BH)
Milanovic: Dodik’s initiative on involving officials of Turkey, Serbia, and Croatia in talks on B&H future well-intentioned but unrealistic (Nova BH)
Komsic: No one has ever called Croatia criminal state, no need for Milanovic to twist our words (Nova BH)
Cubrilovic: Conclusions of leaders of parties allow Serb representatives to vote in joint institutions of B&H if this puts in danger interests of RS (Srna/ATV)

Krivokapic: I won’t go to Cetinje on 5 September, I promised EU ambassadors, ban on enthronement is the last resort (CdM)
Government’s goal is crime-free Montenegro and full EU membership (gov.me)
Abazovic on the occasion of 30 August: Long live European, civil and ecological Montenegro (gov.me)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev tells EU it has moral obligation to ensure Macedonia begins its accession talks (Republika)
Mickoski: We will delegitimize the ruling coalition at the local elections, and will lead a new coalition in parliament (Sitel TV)

Rama interview for ANSA: We will be part of the EU at all costs (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 31, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 1,383 new cases, 26 deaths (media)
• First meeting of Committee for coordination and assessment of situation with COVID-19, held (media)
• Kurti discusses COVID-19 measures with municipal mayors (media)
• President Osmani to participate in the Swiss Economic Forum (media)
• Kurti to participate at Bled Strategic Forum (media)
• The third group of 139 Afghan refugees is expected to arrive today (media)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo government is joking with diplomatic missions (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 26 new cases, two deaths (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Rakic and Simic with Jenča: A large number of unresolved incidents against Serbs (Kosovo Online)
• UNICEF and WHO call for schools to remain open, with respect for measures (KiM radio, N1, FoNet)
• Trial for the murder of Oliver Ivanovic continues (KoSSev)
• The International Day of the Missing in Kosovo marked separately in Gracanica and Pristina (RTS, Radio Mitrovica sever, KiM radio)
• Blakaj: 22 years after the war, the two sides continue to count only the victims of one side (KoSSev)
• Petkovic: Evidence shows that there is a KLA archive (RTV Puls, Tanjug)


• Afghan Disaster Holds Lessons for Western Policy in Balkans (Balkan Insight)


• EU Council Recommends Reinstating Travel Restrictions for Visitors from US, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia & Lebanon (schengenvisainfo.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 31, 2021

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• COVID-19: 932 new cases, 20 deaths (media)
• EU drops Kosovo from list of COVID-safe countries (Radio Free Europe)
• Kurti: EU to create new momentum for reforms; make enlargement fairer (media)
• Osmani: United Nations membership, a continuous goal of ours (media)
• Lajcak: Kosovo’s full international integration, a priority in dialogue (Koha)
• Haradinaj offers recommendations for managing COVID-19 situation (media)
• PDK calls on government to change approach to vaccination process (media)
• Kosovo PM urges Serbia to reveal truth about wartime missing (BIRN)
• “Kurti, Osmani won’t enter into talks before Serbia returns our loved ones” (ATV)
• Hoti: Kosovo to be ready; dialogue must end with mutual recognition (media)

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