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Belgrade Media Report 28 September 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 28 September 2021


We won’t allow humiliation of Serbia (TV Prva/B92/Tanjug)
Stefanovic: Serbian Army hasn’t trespassed anywhere where it shouldn’t be (TV Pink/Beta)
Moscow calls on NATO, EU to get Pristina to withdraw forces from north and prevent escalation (Sputnik/B92/Tanjug)
Drecun: If KFOR wants to be a stability factor, let it act like that (RTS)
Starovic: Whether they will go to Brussels depends on the development of the situation (RTS)
Selakovic: Serbia and Mexico committed to same values (RTV/Tanjug)
Serbia highly appreciates Mexico’s consistent position not to recognize so-called independent Kosovo (Tanjug/RTV)
Office for Kosovo and Metohija: Serbs will not be a target for extremists (Tanjug/Kosovo Online)
EU expects chief negotiators of Belgrade, Pristina in Brussels by end of week (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt and Turkovic call on B Tegeltija to convene B&H CoM’s session; Tegeltija: We will respect RS parliament’s conclusions and act in interest of RS (Nova BH/Oslobodjenje/BHT1)
Arnaut: If Tegeltija fails to organize holding of B&H CoM session in two consequent weeks, deputy chairs from SDA and HDZ B&H have right to organize it (O Kanal)
Cenic: It is not legally possible that salaries for 7,000 civil servants from the RS are paid from the RS budget (Nova BH/BHT1)
Tegeltija meets UK, Russian Ambassadors to B&H, points out that policy of imposing solutions is unacceptable (RTRS)
Dodik: RS will withdraw consent from agreements on B&H AF and HJPC (FTV)
RS CC finds amendments to RS Criminal Code and Law on non-implementing decision of HR do not violate vital national interest of Bosniaks (BHT1)
Our Party proposes constitutional reforms, including abolition of B&H Presidency (Nova BH)
Our Party’s proposal of constitutional changes unacceptable to SNSD (ATV)
US Embassy: None of B&H’s two entities has right to secede (Fena)
Messages about EU enlargement sent after meeting of speakers of parliament of Western Balkan countries in Slovenia (AJB)
Dzaferovic visits N. Macedonia: EU not complete without Western Balkans (N1)

Milanovic: There is a government in Belgrade that talks about a “Serbian world” (HRT)
Plenkovic: Croatia is ‘keeping its eyes open’ to events in the region (Hina)

Abazovic on government reshuffle: I am not sure we are close to a solution (TV Vijesti)
Minority or government of electoral trust as the way out of crisis (Pobjeda)
The enlargement of the Western Balkans is the path to stability (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev concedes that early general elections are possible if he loses the local elections in October (Republika/Sitel TV)
Zaev began the election campaign in Bitola (Republika)
VMRO-DPMNE begins the election campaign – Mickoski promises change and new values (Republika)

Rama in Kosovo as tensions rise, Serbia threatens military intervention (Tirana Times)
Rama: Disputes should be resolved through dialogue (Radio Tirana)
Rama stresses Kosovo won war, Serbians fly around in helicopters (ADN)
Rama considers Berlin Process too slow (ADN)
Kurti: We should remove barriers between our countries, to boost cooperation (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 28, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 28, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Situation in the north, Kosovo and Serbia meet tomorrow in Brussels (RTK)
• Von der Leyen: Increase of tensions between Kosovo and Serbia, worrying (media)
• US confirms Escobar will take part in Bislimi-Petkovic meeting in Brussels (Kallxo)
• MEPs concerned over recent tensions at the Kosovo-Serbia border crossings (media)
• Stano to Escobar: Dialogue is between Kosovo, Serbia and EU (Express)
• Germany requests removal of special forces and barricades from north (Express)
• Nehammer: Kosovo is acting carefully and positively (media)
• Vetting proceeded to government (Express)
• European Union election observers visit CEC (RTK)
• COVID-19: Eight deaths, 68 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid – 19 in Serbian communities: 40 new case, three deaths (KiM radio)
• Protests in northern Kosovo continue (RTS)
• “Meetings just to have meetings, unnecessary” (KiM radio)
• Dialogue depends on the situation in the north (KiM radio, RTS)
• Group of Serbs attacked in South Mitrovica, ten suspects arrested (Radio KIM, Kontakt plus radio)
• Drecun: If KFOR is stability factor, it should act like one (Tanjug)
• Defence Minister Stefanovic: “KFOR arrived at the crossings according to the agreement between Vucic and Stoltenberg” (Blic, TV Pink)
• North Mitrovica citizens on license plates reciprocity: We want the same thing Pristina wants – autonomy (KoSSev)
• Selakovic: Serbia highly appreciates consistent stance of Mexico not to recognize Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Borrell: EU, Western Balkans share responsibility for united Europe (N1)


• Ordinary Serbs, Albanians Pay Price of Serbia-Kosovo Vehicle Row (Balkan Insight)
• Are Serbia and Kosovo Ready to Open Their War Archives? (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 28, 2021

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• Bislimi and Petkovic to meet in Brussels, agreement on license plates expected (Koha)
• EU: Chief negotiators to come to Brussels soon (Klan)
• President Osmani meets heads of security institutions (media)
• KFOR’s proposal for resolving situation in the north accepted by Kurti but not by Vucic (Koha)
• KFOR meets Kosovo institution representatives and mayors of northern municipalities (media)
• NATO-led mission increases patrols on Kosovo-Serbia border (AP)
• Osmani’s office denies claims U.S. criticised Kosovo over actions in the north (Kallxo)
• Closing border point not to allow Albanians from Presevo movement deemed discriminatory (media)
• Milanovic: Kosovo responded to Serbia with same standards (media)
• Women candidates fight for gender equality in municipalities (BIRN)
• Court rejects university’s lawsuit against municipality regarding Orthodox Church building (media)
• COVID-19: Three deaths, 23 new cases (media)

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