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Belgrade Media Report 29 September

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Brnabic: Praise of Venice Commission regarding text of constitutional amendments (Tanjug)
China’s position on Kosovo issue consistent and clear (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic thanks Russia for support on Kosovo and Metohija issue (Tanjug/RTS)
Serbs rejected the proposal (RTS/B92/Tanjug)
Lajcak: Separate meetings with Petkovic and Bislimi in Brussels (N1)
Escobar: Find a solution, urgently (RFE/Tanjug/B92)
Russia sends clear message: Exert pressure on Pristina (B92/Tanjug)
Escobar will not attend today’s talks in Brussels; Chizhov warns of risk of conflicts (Politika/Gazeta ekspres/TV Russia 24/Sputnik)
Serbia highly appreciates Guatemala’s consistent stance regarding Kosovo and Metohija and its non-recognition of unilaterally proclaimed independence (RTV/Tanjug)
Schieb: Western Balkans’ EU integration remain high priority for Berlin (Kurir/Beta)
Fajon: Many similarities between Serbia’s Vucic and Slovenia’s Jansa (N1)
Inzko’s laws not valid in territory of RS (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CoM adopts decision on temporary financing of B&H institutions for 2021 (N1)
RS opposition harshly reacts to RS ministers’ participation in work and decision-making in B&H CoM; Sarovic: By casting their votes at B&H CoM’s session, B&H officials from the RS practically recognized Schmidt as HR (BN TV)
SNSD Executive Committee: B&H CC’s and work of judges at this institution are intolerable; Dodik: Our proposal will be to reject all laws that were adopted beyond DPA and B&H Constitution (RTRS)
Komsic on Dodik’s threats: RS parliament cannot withdraw anything; Dzaferovic: Competencies of B&H remain permanent (N1)
Brkic: HR Schmidt will not allow borders of B&H to be redrawn (BHT1)
Sattler: I think it is high time to come back to table and start talks on issues of substantial importance (Hayat)
US envoy: B&H electoral law issue to be resolved by removing ethnic prefixes (N1)
Lovrinovic: If there is no legitimate representation, there is no B&H too; Djonlagic: Majority of people in B&H is for civic state (Dnevni list)
EU can no longer guarantee membership to Western Balkans countries (O Kanal/Reuters)

Plenkovic: All statements that would lead to separatism or secession of one of entities in B&H are not productive or useful (N1)
Izetbegovic and Milanovic discuss relations between Bosniaks and Croats (Hina)

Varhelyi: The goal is for at least one country in the Western Balkans to join the EU by the end of my term (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Von der Layen: Believe me, my goal is to start negotiations by the end of the year (Nezavisen vesnik)
Zaev insists that he won’t negotiate on national identity issues with Bulgaria (Republika)
EU Enlargement Commissioner Varhelyi in Skopje (Nezavisen vesnik)

EC president starts WB reassurance tour in Tirana (Tirana Times)
Meeting of the first intergovernmental conference / Rama: It does not depend on us, but on a state that rises in anger! (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 29, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Serbia draws EU funds while being militarised by Russia and China (media)
• Osmani: International community to condemn Serbia’s tendencies for destabilisation (media)
• Von der Leyen: Dialogue is the only way to move forward (media)
• Escobar meets Bislimi and Petkovic (RFE)
• Lajcak meets Kosovo and Serbia chief negotiators (media)
• Kosovo Ministry reacts to campaign against RKS plates (Koha/Telegrafi)
• “The Game” to be changed with U.S. at the Kosovo-Serbia negotiating table (Kallxo)
• Kosovo-Serbia border dispute ‘driven by internal politics’ (Prishtina Insight)
• United States appoint envoy for Europe (Klan)
• COVID-19: Two deaths, 66 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Protests in northern Kosovo continue (RTS)
• Vucic met Ambassador Chen Bo: ”China’s position on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija is consistent and clear” (RTS)
• Vucic met Russian Ambassador Kharchenko (media)
• Tadic: Situation in northern Kosovo consequence of Vucic and Kurti pre-election interests (N1)
• Serb mayors: ”We do not want northern Kosovo-Metohija to become ghetto” (media)
• Elek: Epidemiological situation in northern Kosovo alarming (Radio KIM)
• Selakovic: Consistent stance of Guatemala on Kosovo issue (Kosovo-online)


• Reciprocity is right, and making it stick is vital (Peacefare.net/Kallxo)


• Differing interpretations of Open Balkan brought up again during von der Leyen’s visit to Albania (EWB)
• German Parliament Gets 24 New MPs with Balkan Roots (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 29, 2021

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• Osmani meets US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Nicholas J. Giacobbe (media)
• “Special Police presence is unnecessary if barricades are removed” (media)
• Hoxhaj: Backed by Russia, Serbia threatening entire region (Euronews Albania)
• Threats at the borders as means of political pressure (Radio Free Europe)
• Visions of the dialogue (Kosovo 2.0)
• Phillips: China, not Russia, is the greater threat to Kosovo (BIRN)
• ICRC refutes media report that Ukshin Hoti remains were found (Kallxo)
• EU no longer agrees on Balkan membership guarantee, diplomats say (Reuters)
• COVID-19: Eight deaths, 68 new cases (media)

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