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Belgrade Media Report 22 September 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 22 September 2021


Selakovic at session of UN General Assembly (RTS/RTV)
Borrell hosts informal dinner with Western Balkan leaders in New York (Beta)
Dacic: We will not allow ethnic cleansing of Serbs; the EU should declare itself (Tanjug/B92)
Lajcak concerned over crisis in Kosovo, calls for urgent lowering of tensions (Beta)
Dveri call for cancellation of Brussels agreement, placing army on high alert (Beta)
Community health centers to be established in Zubin Potok, Zvecan (Tanjug)
More people join protesters at Jarinje, Brnjak (Tanjug/Kosovo Online)
EU proposes Vucic-Kurti meeting in Brussels (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kovacevic: Dodik voted against decision on appointing and sending delegation to 76th session of UN General Assembly; Dodik: UN Secretary General Guterres contributes to dissolution of B&H (Nova BH)
Covic: Komsic should not have gone to New York (Dnevni list)
B&H Presidency confirms that controversial session scheduled for 9 August was not held (RTRS)
Sattler: It is time to return to institutions because it is citizens who pay the price of the blockade (Hayat)
Dzaferovic and Nelson emphasize need to remove blockades in work of state institutions (FTV)
SNSD proposes that OHR should annul Inzko’s law in order to resolve crisis, SDA says that Inzko’s law should be adopted by B&H parliament and then amended (EuroBlic)
Magazinovic: Solution can be sought through dialogue; Mehmedovic: Schmidt is obliged to ensure normal functioning of B&H institutions (O Kanal)
Stevandic: Biggest crisis in B&H ever is caused by actions of Bosniak politicians (EuroBlic)
Izetbegovic says he believes Schmidt will not take sides (Nova BH)
Schmidt talks to Escobar; State Department supports OHR (Dnevni avaz)
US Embassy comments ‘Recording’ affair: Domestic institutions obliged to strengthen rule of law (Dnevni avaz)

Prime Minister meets with HR Schmidt (HRT)
Schmidt says that the decision on B&H Election Law is task of people in B&H and international community is there only to assist (HRT)

Expert government crashed in less than a year (CdM)
Krivokapic: Government to have 3 DPMs, I’ll elect ministers (CdM)
There were no official negotiations on joining the government (RTCG)
Djukanovic’s cabinet: Shame on Russia for the way it treats Montenegro and its President (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: Uncertainty in EU integration could affect peace in Western Balkans (MIA)
In meeting with Mickoski, Orban expresses his support for Macedonia’s EU path (Republika)

Albania welcomes coop to advance world peace cause (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 22, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 22, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We’ll remove measures on license plates, if Serbia does the same (media)
• EU High Representative Josep Borrell meets with regional leaders (media)
• Osmani: Kosovo met visa liberalisation requirements, EU must deliver (media)
• President Osmani, Foreign Minister Gervalla meet NATO SG Stoltenberg (media)
• Health Minister: 500,000 Pfizer doses will arrive by year’s end (media)
• COVID-19: Five deaths, 160 new cases (media)
• Nikola: Let’s come together so the world knows about Serbia’s crimes (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Varhelyi: Unilateral actions lead to unnecessary tensions and should be withdrawn (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic: Kurti plans to negotiate but with long barrels and armored vehicles goes against the bare-handed people (Kosovo Online)
• Vulin: ”The situation in Kosovo and Metohija calm, but tense” (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• The Kosovo government discussing the situation in the north; no translation for Serbian media (KiM radio)
• Number of people gathering at Jarinje increases, no incidents (Kosovo-online)
• Covic: Now international community is on move (RTS)
• Representatives of WB with Borrell at a working dinner in NY (media)
• Tanjug: EU proposes Vucic-Kurti meeting in Brussels, aiming at reducing tensions (Kosovo-online)
• Selakovic met foreign ministers of Tunisia, Estonia and Bolivia in NY (RTS)
• EU-Western Balkans Summit in Slovenia in October (N1)
• Serbian Government to set up health care centers in north Kosovo (N1)
• Novakovic: Kurti introduced reciprocity because of local elections also (Kosovo-online)
• NADA for more decisive response of Serbia over ROSU units in north (Kosovo-online)
• The issuance of trial plates in Laplje Selo started today (KiM radio)


• Merkel’s Balkan Farewell More than Just Symbolic (Balkan Insight)


• Restore trust and inspire hope, UN chief says in message to UNGA76 (news.un.org)
• World leaders speak at United Nations General Assembly (Al Jazeera)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 22, 2021

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• Kurti: Reciprocity on license plates is not a provocation or discriminatory (media)
• Osmani: The region is increasingly being threatened by Serbia’s actions (media)
• EU: Kosovo and Serbia to resolve license plates issue through dialogue (Telegrafi)
• Kamberi: Decision on license plates is just, Presevo Valley citizens to be compensated (KP)
• CDHRF: Reciprocity on license plates does not violate human rights (Zeri)
• Albanian PM Rama comments on license plates measures (media)
• Basha: Relations between two independent countries rest on reciprocity (media)
• “Only Kosovo Police members involved in operation in the north” (media)
• Roadblocks near Bernjak and Jarinje border crossing points remain (media)
• Pyper poll: Over 79% believe reciprocity will have positive impact on Kosovo’s image (Telegrafi)
• Osmani outlines meetings at the sidelines of UNGA session (media)
• Grenell criticises President Biden over his UNGA speech (media)
• Kosovo delegation visits Specialist Chambers at The Hague (media)
• Kosovo War Crime Witness Asks Hague Court for Compensation (BIRN)
• COVID-19: Seven deaths, 173 new cases (media)

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