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Belgrade Media Report 23 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Independent Kosovo is in their interest, forcing Serbia to participate in it (B92/Tanjug/RTS/N1)
Petkovic: State-of-affairs to return to the one prior to 20 September, then we can go to Brussels (RTS)
Pristina exerts violence over bare-handed people in north of province (Tanjug)
Sincere, traditional friendship of peoples of Serbia and Israel (RTV/Tanjug)
Selakovic thanks Cyprus on firm position regarding Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/RTV)
Selakovic: Principled position of Armenia on issue of Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
Selakovic to Borrell: Belgrade committed to dialogue (FoNet)
Borrell: EU calls for immediate de-escalation in Kosovo (N1)
Russia reacted: Provocation on Kosovo and Metohija, immediate withdrawal needed (Tanjug/B92/TASS/Sputnik)
Brnabic at Global COVID-19 summit organized by White House (RTS)
Patriarch warns he won’t allow any manipulation with church (N1)
There is no solution to current crisis in B&H in sight (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik calls Sattler’s statement on B&H’s European path ‘tragicomic’, says he is accomplice in degradation of B&H’s European path (Dnevni list)
Dodik speaks with Jansa on B&H during official visit to Hungary (RTRS)
Komsic addresses 76th session of UN General Assembly; Complex political system in B&H prefers ethnicity and that based on that ethnicity, citizens of B&H have greater or lesser rights depending on which part of country they live in (Hayat)
Komsic: This concept that we live in and how our state is organized naturally leads us into constant conflicts and it would be wise to give up on it (N1)
Dodik: Komsic addresses UN GA without Presidency’s consent (BHT)
Komsic on Milanovic’s statements on B&H: I used to believe that Milanovic has some serious stances (AJB/Oslobodjenje)
Milanovic’s speech at UN General Assembly sparks reactions in B&H and Serbia (Nezavisne)
Chinese President Xi Jingping announces that China will no longer finance construction of coal-fired power plants abroad (O Kanal)
Dzindic comments on announcement that China will no longer invest in thermal power plants abroad: This will affect construction of Block 7 (N1)
Croatia

Milanovic: I think Vucic is proud of his wartime role (N1/Hina)
Milanovic addresses UN GA: B&H requires framework that is based on federalism, decentralization and legitimate representation in order to make progress; I am President of Croats in B&H too (HRT)
Milanovic says is also president of B&H citizens with Croatian citizenship (Hina)
Montenegro

Becic: Agreement on government reshuffling possible, URA not left out (CdM)
URA: We see Krivokapic’s statement as reaction to Mandic-Becic agreement; things are not solved through press releases (CdM)
Djukanovic: Region experiencing global political upheavals having led to awakening of retrograde ideas (CdM)
Djukanovic meets Pahor and Pendarovski: Our countries’ integration of into European structures common interest (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski met with former US Ambassador Baily (Republika)
Karakacanov blasts new US Balkan envoy after he called on Bulgaria to lift its veto against Macedonia (Republika)
Albania

License plate reciprocity / Meta: Preserving Kosovo’s sovereignty, the basis for building stable relations with Serbia (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 23, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Tanin calls for reducing of tensions: Responsible leadership to be shown (media)
• Kosovo Police rejects reports that its officers beat up three Serbs (media)
• Svecla on situation in the north: We do not expect escalation (media)
• EU with diplomatic commitment to reduce tensions in the north (RFE Albanian)
• The situation in Brnjak, tense (Kallxo.com)
• Serbian gendarmerie vehicles patrol near the Kosovo Police in Jarinje (Koha)
• Police give details on situation in Jarinje and Brnjak (Express)
• ARC has administered 6375 license plates after establishing reciprocity (media)
• Police are not allowing anyone to cross the barricade leading to Brnjak (Klan)
• Vucic sets four conditions to return to dialogue, Kurti sets one to remove reciprocity (Express)
• Municipal mayors to discuss new anti-COVID measures with Health Minister (media)
• PSD files charges against Minister Vitia (media)
• Meeting of Assembly chairmanship fails, due to lack of quorum (media)
• Geopolitics expert: Kosovo’s two messages to Brussels (euronews.al)
• COVID-19: 7 deaths, 173 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• UNMIK chief: All sides to take steps to avoid tensions in Kosovo (media)
• Protests at Jarinje and Brnjak continues (RTS)
• Petkovic: Three Serbs beaten near the Brnjak crossing (KiM radio, Radio Mitrovica sever, TV Most)
• Stefanovic: Combat readiness of Army of Serbia garrisons in Raska and Novi Pazar raised (RTS)
• Vucic: No talks until Pristina withdraws forces from north Kosovo (N1)
• Petkovic: Situation to return to the one prior to September 20 (Radio KIM)
• Civil sector and media call for urgent de-escalation; discuss freedom of movement in Brussels (Radio Kontakt plus, KoSSev, RTK2, Kosovo Online)
• Kosovo police arrest three Serbs over poster; Serbian officials condemned the act (N1, Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)
• What message billboards “Welcome to ZSO” convey? (Radio KIM)
• Selakovic to Borrell: Belgrade committed to dialogue, but doesn’t accept unilateral acts (media)
• A book by Albin Kurti’s wife promoted in Belgrade (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 24 new cases (KiM radio)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 23, 2021

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• EU High Representative statement on situation in north of Kosovo (media)
• Ethnic Serbs dig in for long protest over Kosovo ban (AFP)
• Kosovo Police refute report by Kosovo Online (media)
• Moscow: Kosovo police actions against Serbs, provocation (media)
• Presevo Valley Albanians to be compensated for license plates payment (media)
• Presevo Mayor supports Kosovo Government’s decision on license plates (media)
• Prime Minister Kurti meets Albanian Assembly Speaker Nikolla (media)
• Opinion: Is lawfulness always good? By Arben Idrizi (Gazeta Express)
• COVID-19: 5 deaths, 160 new cases (media)
• Ministry of Health launches electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (media)
• “New decision on start of school year to be made before September 26” (Kallxo)
• President Osmani meets President of Guinea Bissau Embaló (media)

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