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Belgrade Media Report 20 September 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 20 September 2021


Vucic convened an emergency session of the Security Council (Novosti)
Armored vehicles and ROSU units at Jarinje and Brnjak (TV Prva/B92)
Serbs from Kosovo heading towards the crossings (TV Prva/B92)
Petkovic: Kurti plans to take down Serbian license plates at administrative crossings (Politika/RTS)
Vucic: Erdogan supports Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug)
Vucic from Istanbul: I am not interested in Djukanovic or Milanovic (B92/TV Pink)
Vucic ready to accept EP suggestions though it’s difficult for his SNS (TV Pink/Beta/N1)
Selakovic: Cooperation with India needs to be raised to an even higher level (RTV/Tanjug)
Inter-Party dialogue: Improving conditions for political competition in Serbia (Beta)
Most of Serbia’s opposition rejects document on election conditions (N1)
Djilas won’t cooperate with opposition that enters EP proposed bodies (N1)
Bilcik: Breakthrough made in government-opposition talks (Beta)
Dzaferovic: There will be no new borders and no new states in Western Balkans (Danas)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Izetbegovic: Arrest of Vranj is another provocation from Serbian side; Serbia should leave B&H alone (Hayat)
Dodik: Any possibility of coexistence in current political framework in B&H no longer possible (N1/Srna)
Dodik: Serb MPs not to attend B&H HoR’s session on Monday due to boycott in response to Inzko’s decision (O Kanal)
Sarovic: Dodik should stop speaking on behalf of all parliamentary parties in the RS; There is no agreement of parliamentary parties regarding boycott of B&H HoR’s session (Nova BH)
Borenovic: We will respect RS parliament’s conclusions; Let SNSD, SDA and HDZ B&H agree on how to get out of this political crisis (BN TV)
Zvizdic: There will be quorum to hold B&H HoR’s session, regardless of attendance or absence of Serb representatives (FTV)
Schmidt: Bonn powers are still at my disposal; Those who are causing blockades are actually blocking themselves (O Kanal)
Schmidt reflects on legality of his mandate, institutional blockade in B&H; he says there is no law treating collective responsibility of nation (BN TV)
DF to Covic: Issue of legitimate representation of peoples is not mentioned in ECHR judgments (Dnevni list)
All-Croat candidate against Komsic, the three against Izetbegovic, Stanivukovic against Dodik (Dnevni list)
US appoints Palmer to oversee electoral reforms in B&H (O Kanal)
RS plans to carry out 2022 elections on its own (Dnevni list)

Djukanovic: Greater Serbian nationalism wants to take advantage of geopolitical rearrangement (Hina)

Djukanovic finished visit to CRO: MNE will continue to develop as democratic, secular and pro-European country (CdM)
Djukanovic: Communication with Vucic impossible, we know Greater Serbia project can’t be implemented without Montenegro (CdM/RTL)
Reconstructed government and Prosecutorial Council possible by 15 October (RTCG)

Rama third term government sworn in after presenting economy-focused program (Tirana Times)
“Albania has made progress”, the head of the European Parliament: Reforms will bring rapid membership (Radio Tirana)
Soreca congratulates Rama: Inter-institutional coordination, key to EU integration (Radio Tirana)
New rules for Serbian vehicles entering Kosovo (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 20, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 20, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 6 deaths, 48 new cases (media)
• License plates’ reciprocity, Svecla provides details on increase of police forces (RTK)
• Citizens block the roads to Brnjak and Jarinje (media)
• Kurti on action in the North: Serbia agreed to this as well (Ekonomia Online)
• MIA: Do not use Brnjak and Jarinje border points (Koha)
• The road to the Jarinje and Brnjak border points, continues to be blocked (Kallxo)
• EU: Kosovo and Serbia to immediately reduce tensions (RTK/Klan)
• KFOR: The situation in the North is stable (media)
• Serbian media: Vucic to gather National Security Council following Kosovo decision on license plates (Express)
• LDK’s Gashi: PM Kurti putting on a ‘show’ with license plates (Kallxo)
• PDK and LVV clash over Kurti’s role in the KLA (Telegrafi)
• Kurti to undertake U.S. visit in November (Kosovapress/Klan)
• Albanian Assembly Speaker Nikolla to visit Kosovo (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• 38 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio kontakt plus)
• Stano: Lower tensions immediately, sides to refrain from unilateral actions (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• KFOR on events in northern Kosovo: Security situation stable (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic convened an emergency session of the Security Council (B92, Vecernje Novosti)
• ROSU at Jarinje and Brnjak, confiscation of vehicle plates commenced, Rakic urges Vucic to react (RTS)
• Simic called for the restraint of the citizens (B92, TV Prva, Tanjug)
• Issuance of trial RKS vehicle plates has started (KiM radio)
• Replacement of Serbian registration plates started in Gorazdevac (Radio KIM)
• Andric: 9,500 vehicles with Serbian license plates captured in Kosovo (Beta, Danas)
• Stefanovic: ”Explain to Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija how you ‘defend’ them ” (Kosovo Online)
• Rada Trajkovic accuses Vucic of misinforming Serbs (Kosovo online)
• Petkovic: Pristina to start issuing temporary license plates for cars with Serb plates as of Monday (KoSSev)
• Milivojevic: By introducing reciprocity, Kurti practically abolishes dialogue (Kosovo-online)
• Lajcak on two-day visit to Belgrade (Radio KIM)
• Lajcak canceled a meeting with civil society in Belgrade (Kosovo Online, Danas)
• Petkovic: Either Brussels agreement will be respected or it shall not exist (Radio KIM)
• Vucic, Erdogan: Friendship with Turkey is guarantee of peace in region (N1)


• Janjic: Vehicle plates are just the beginning of Kurti’s measures of reciprocity, Lajcak does not understand, and that leads to war (Kosovo Online)


• Tempers Flare At Serbia-Kosovo Border As Pristina Presses ‘Reciprocal’ Move Over License Plates (RFE)
• Kosovo deploys police, Serbs protest amid border tension (AP)
• Kosovo Deploys Police as Serbs Protest in Licence Plate Dispute (Balkan Insight)
• Tensions as Kosovo begins removing Serbian licence plates at border (Euronews)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 20

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• COVID-19: 10 deaths, 173 new cases (media)
• Government: 35% of adult population is fully vaccinated in Kosovo (media)
• Movement of vehicles with KS license plates to be banned as of today (media)
• Kurti: If we were to sign a final agreement, Serbia would have to change its constitution (euronews.al)
• President Vjosa Osmani insists on concluding dialogue with mutual recognition (euronews.al)
• U.S. Embassy: Discussions with Kosovo government on gas pipeline ongoing (media)
• Serbs consider a possible plan on the north of Kosovo to constitute a threat (Koha)
• President Osmani travelled for official visit to United States (media)
• Rama Links Kosovo’s Membership in ‘Open Balkan’ to Its ‘Dedication to Peace’ (Exit News)
• ‘Relations with Albania Are Cooling,’ Warns Kosovo President (Exit News)
• Albanian PM Rama accepts invitation of Kurti to visit Kosovo (Express)
• Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani: Principled, yet willing to take risks (DW)
• A group of Afghan citizens leave Kosovo for United States (media)
• U.S. Seeks Acceleration Of EU-Balkan Integration, Senior Official Says (RFE)

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