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Belgrade Media Report 1 October

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Vucic pleased with agreement reached in Brussels (Beta)
Vucic: No one could give me such a compliment as Albin Kurti did (Tanjug/B92)
Petkovic: There is no free lunch in Brussels, important that we have a good agreement (RTS)
EU welcomes agreement to solve crisis in north of Kosovo (Beta/RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
NATO welcomes agreement to de-escalate situation in Kosovo (N1/RTS/Tanjug)
Escobar: More work remains in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
Escobar: The Washington agreement is important to us (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Moscow accuses Kosovo authorities of violating 2016 agreement (Beta)
Mortal remains of Albanians exhumed in Serbia handed over at Merdare (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

EC President visits B&H, meets all three members of B&H Presidency (Hayat)
Escobar warns Dodik that threats of secession lead to isolation; Dodik: If they continue to threaten, then we will not talk (FTV)
Sarovic and Borenovic will not attend Friday’s meeting called by RS President Cvijanovic (BHT1)
Schmidt says he supports electoral reform that will bring B&H closer to EU (O Kanal)
Palmer holds talks on electoral reform with leaders of political parties in B&H (O Kanal)
Izetbegovic: Palmer did not come up with any new proposals re electoral reform but he expects that HDZ B&H and SDA leaders find solution, this is not how it goes (FTV)
Weber: Erasing of ethnic prefixes for election of members of B&H Presidency does not represent a true reform that B&H needs (Dnevni avaz)

Von der Leyen opens Svilaj bridge between Bosnia and Croatia (N1)

The EU to be more actively involved in resolving the crisis in Montenegro (RTCG)
September goes by, but brings no census law: Is DF to overthrow Govt. as promised by Radunovic and Knezevic? (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Greece disagrees with Bulgaria’s veto against Macedonia (Republika)
Kyuchyuk: There is still time to reach agreement between Macedonia and Bulgaria before the end of the year (Republika)

Kosovo-Serbia license plate agreement / Minister Xhaçka: Continuation of dialogue helps cooperation (Radio Tirana)
CEC receives OSCE delegation to discuss 25 April polls’ findings (ADN)
EU calls for consolidation of Albania’s Justice reform (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 1, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo Police refutes Simic: Tendentious speculation (media)
• Vitia resigns as Minister of Health, will run for Prishtina Mayor (media)
• Education Ministry bans parties from using schools for campaign (Koha)
• “No dynamic in dialogue; serious EU-US engagement needed” (Kosovapress)
• COVID-19: 42 new cases, two deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Petkovic: Important that we have a good agreement (RTS)
• Waiting for retreat, Serbs at barricades for the twelfth day (RTS)
• Escobar: The Washington agreement important to us (Tanjug, RTS)
• Kosovo-online: ROSU members damaged vehicles owned by Serbs at Brnjak
• Serbian pro-government media: Vucic wins, Kurti – “knocked out, capitulated and turned tail“ (KoSSev)
• Dacic: Northern Kosovo a vital national issue for Serbia (N1, TV Pink)
• Serbian schools in North of Kosovo open on Monday (RTK2, KoSSev)
• ”There is no winner, but Kurti is certainly a loser” (N1, Beta)


• Kosovo’s ruling party faces reality check in local elections (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 1, 2021

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• Bislimi: Agreement on license plates does not undermine reciprocity (Koha)
• Escobar: Kosovo was right on reciprocity but implementation caught us by surprise (media)
• NATO committed to implementation of Kosovo-Serbia agreement (media)
• Svecla: Stickers to be put on every car with Serbian license plates (media)
• PDK: License plates agreement further strengthens Serbia’s position (media)
• LDK: Government made one step forwards, two steps back (media)
• Haradinaj: Brussels agreement, setback with grave consequences for Kosovo (media)
• Kosovo-Serbia: Can the EU really broker a peace deal? (Euronews)
• War victims found in Serbian mass grave repatriated to Kosovo (BIRN)
• Kosovo will not go ahead with gas project (Koha/Klan)
• Resorts or Refugee Camps: Fleeing Afghans Get Mixed Reception in Balkans (BIRN)
• COVID-19: Four deaths, 45 new cases (media)

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