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Belgrade Media Report 06 October 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 6 October 2021


Vucic: No excessive expectations, but I expect positive message from EU (Tanjug/B92)
Drecun: Pritina will try to impose recognition on Belgrade through license plates (RTS)
Mali: Lies about 24 flats, no proof, I have one (N1)
I believe Serbs will return to institutions (Politika)
McAllister: EU-Western Balkans Summit is about reinforcing trust (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Tegeltija demands removal of B&H Defense Minister Podzic (N1/ATV)
Dodik calls for Podzic’s removal from post of B&H Defense Minister (Nova BH/FTV)
Podzic: Joint military exercise of B&H AF and Serbian Army not cancelled, it has only been postponed due to COVID-19 situation (Nova BH)
EPP holds summit on eve of EU-Western Balkans summit; Dzaferovic: Message of the meeting is that Western Balkans has European perspective and that EU advocates expansion on the region (FTV)
Dzaferovic says that EPP summit confirmed that Western Balkans is part of EU (BHT1)
Borenovic discusses current political situation and challenges in region with Vucic (BNTV)
Candidate for US Ambassador to B&H Murphy addresses Senate; My priority will be sovereignty and territorial integrity of B&H (Avaz)

Message to the Western Balkans is clear: No EU enlargement for time being (Jutarnji list)

Krivokapic to present reshuffle plan to leaders (Pobjeda)
Konjevic: EC report will be negative, Govt hasn’t made a single step forward (Gradski portal)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski– Sakellaropoulou: We have clear political will and intention to fully implement the Prespa Agreement (MIA)
Mickoski in Ljubljana: The EU path is far from us because of the criminogenic Zaev-led government (TV Alfa)
Macedonia is entering a new cycle of crisis because of the lack of EU perspective (Republika)

Xhacka: EU steps that we should follow are still unclear (Radio Tirana)
Linde: We support the EU integration of Albania (Radio Tirana)
Kim: Safe institutions are needed for the rule of law to work (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 6, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 6, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Joint EU-Western Balkans statement expected to be adopted in Slovenia (RFE)
• Kurti at Slovenia summit seeks visa liberalization and EU integration (RTK)
• Varhelyi: talks about visa liberalization for Kosovo (Telegrafi)
• Kurti and Vucic to meet in Slovenia, Merkel and Macron to participate in the meeting (media)
• Kosovo without state symbols at the Slovenia summit (RTK)
• RWLSEE demands mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia (RTK)
• Former Serbian minister calling Recak massacre a fabrication, escapes from Kosovo (media)
• CDHRF reacts after Stanisic’s sentence: partial justice for victims (media)
• COVID-19: One death, 41 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Borrell: The road to the EU requires of Serbia and Kosovo to set differences aside (Beta, Danas)
• Kurti confirmed that he would meet with Vucic in Slovenia (euronews.rs)
• Vucic: No excessive expectations, but I expect positive message from EU (Tanjug)
• EU-Western Balkans summit will not discuss enlargement (N1)
• Vucic: Slovenia wants Western Balkans in EU by 2030 (N1)
• EU Council head: European perspective & lots of money for W. Balkans (N1)
• Kosovo HLC: Verdict to Stanisic without reasoning (Radio KIM)
• Vlajic: Todosijevic did not receive summons to serve his sentence (KoSSev)
• Drecun: Pristina will try to use license plates issue to impose recognition (Politika)
• Selakovic thanked Syria for principled stance on Kosovo (Kosovo-online)


• (LIVE) EU-Western Balkans Summit 2021 (EWB)
• Civil society sets 10 principles for dealing with disputed past (Prishtina Insight)
• Progress stalls on EU entry for Western Balkans nations (AP)
• Slovenia summit: Balkan leaders look to EU to open up club (BBC)
• Western Balkans Awaits EU Summit as Membership Hopes Falter (Balkan Insight)
• You are family, EU chief tells Balkans, leaders not so sure (Reuters)


• “Open Balkans” companies at World Exhibition in Dubai (Kosovo-online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 6, 2021

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• Hovenier: Without Kosovo-Serbia mutual recognition, region will remain blocked (VOA/RFE)
• Borrell on EU-US relations: Cooperation in Western Balkans much better (media)
• Government says it supports regional cooperation in the framework of Berlin Process (Koha)
• Kurti meets Prime Minister of Croatia, Plenkovic (media)
• Abdixhiku requests from EU: Treat Kosovo equally, lift visas (media)
• Haradinaj: There cannot be progress on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue without the U.S. (RTK)
• Serbia accused of blocking a Kosovo truck from entering its territory (Koha/Zeri)
• EU Leaders To Reassure Western Balkans States On Accession At Summit (RFE)
• Commissioner Varhelyi accused of favouring Serbia’s candidacy despite no progress on key issues (Koha)
• AKR’s Pacolli visits former KLA leaders detained at The Hague (media)
• Serb jailed for crimes in 1998-1999 war in Kosovo (AP)
• COVID-19: Two deaths, 38 new cases (media)

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