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Belgrade Media Report 14 October 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 14 October 2021


Vucic: We have some malicious people in the international community who want conflicts and want to drag us into them (B92/RTS/Tanjug/Politika/Beta/Novosti)
Vucic tells Gendarmerie to be ready (RTS/Beta/N1)
Peaceful but tense in northern Kosovska Mitrovica (RTS)
Drecun: Pristina crossed all red lines by using firearms (RTS)
Godfrey: Strong pressure (Novosti)
US Embassy: Present Ambassador Godfrey remains focused on his job (Beta)
NATO: We’re fully focused on situation in Kosovo as per UNSCR 1244 of 1999 (N1)
Borrell calls for urgent end to violence in northern Kosovo (Beta/B92)
Selakovic: Gratitude to Argentina for supporting our territorial integrity (Politika/Tanjug)
Selakovic thanked Eritrea for its consistent support on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija (Politika/Tanjug)
Relations between Serbia and DR Congo have traditionally been good and friendly for 60 years (Tanjug/RTV)
Friendship between Serbia and Bangladesh dates back to the early days of the NAM (Tanjug)
Use the potentials to improve cooperation with Belarus (Tanjug)
Venezuela firm in supporting Serbia’ territorial integrity (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: RS will initiate procedure of restoring of its competence with or without support of RS opposition (RTRS)
RS opposition says they support genuine DPA, but what Dodik is doing by announcing return of RS competences can be very dangerous for RS (BN TV)
Reactions of other RS politicians to Dodik’s latest announcement on independent RS in scope of Dayton B&H (EuroBlic)
Crnadak: HR is reality and he already visited Belgrade twice and talked to Serbian officials (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik expects fight against law imposed by Inzko will continue before B&H CC (Nova BH)
Covic perceives SNSD’s initiatives in the same way he perceives those who want to dismantle B&H and create a state without three constituent peoples; Magazinovic: Everything that Dodik is doing has characteristics of coup d’etat (FTV)
OHR Press Service currently unable to specify when they can provide answer on whether OHR would react to political situation and Dodik’s announcements; EUD and US Embassy express support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of B&H (N1)
Komsic, Dzaferovic meet Roth and warn that current developments undermine constitutional organization of B&H (N1)
Leadership of B&H HoP meets over coffee, agree they will continue talks; Izetbegovic says he is ready to talk with Dodik without international mediation even about application of law former HR imposed (BHT1)

Bozinovic: EU unprepared for new migrant wave, Croatia nod doing dirty work (Hina)

Knezevic: If negotiations fail, we’ll boycott government laws and require international intervention for new elections (Pobjeda)
Zekovic: Government and Becic block parliament; instead of dealing with citizens’ problems, they deal with their positions (CdM)
Krivokapic: If I am a problem, dismiss me; if you want elections, tell that to citizens; position on DF once majority declares (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski talks with Portuguese FM to lift EU blockade (Nezavisen vesnik)

Strong message of Yuri Kim: Leaders on all sides must make difficult, but necessary changes for a better future (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 14, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 14, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We are combating multiethnic criminal groups (media)
• UK Embassy supports Kosovo Government in upholding rule of law (media)
• Stano: North of Kosovo is specific, unilateral actions damaging (G. Express)
• Police provide new details about anti-smuggling operation (media)
• Police union condemns attacks on police officers in the north (media)
• Mehaj, Escobar discuss security issues (Radio Free Europe)
• “Borrell cannot act like a police commander in Kosovo” (Paparaci)
• Former Montenegrin Foreign Minister reacts to Borrell’s remarks (Koha)
• Protesters throw smoke bomb in Albanian embassy yard in Belgrade (Paparaci)
• Bosnian journalist reveals Vucic’s plans for destabilisation (Gazeta Express)
• COVID-19: No deaths, 31 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 18 new cases registered in Serbian areas (KoSSev)
• A new UNMIK report on the situation in Kosovo; Guterres calls for the implementation of existing agreements (RTS)
• Stano: North of Kosovo specific, unilateral actions detrimental (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Selakovic at UN tomorrow to talk also about unilateral Pristina’s acts (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Barricades in northern Kosovo removed, wounded Serb out of life danger (N1)
• Simic: It is peaceful this morning, but Serbs are afraid and angry (Kosovo-online)
• Citizens from northern Kosovo, Serbian List met President Vucic in Raska (KoSSev)
• NIN journalist: Action in Kosovo for Kurti to increase his chances ahead of elections (N1)
• Janjic, Sovrlic on latest crisis in Kosovo (N1)
• Initiative OPEN calls the EU’s more active involvement in resolving the increasingly frequent crisis situations in Kosovo (Radio Mitrovica sever, Kontakt plus radio, KoSSev)
• House of Rumena Ljubic, the only Serb woman in center of Pec, stoned (Radio KIM)
• Bancroft: Kosovo police action will create additional tensions between Kosovo institutions and Serbs (Kosovo Online)
• “After the recent vehicle plates war, now on table is a war against the smuggling goods” (Nova S, Newsmax Adria, KoSSev)
• Djuric to von Cramon: You should be ashamed (Kosovo-online)


• Christian NGO’s child sponsorship program angers Kosovo parents (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 14, 2021

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• Roadblocks in Mitrovica North and Rudare removed (RFE/Koha)
• Interior Minister: Police operation not directed against any nationality (media)
• Kosovo President statement on Wednesday’s police operations (media)
• US Embassy: Attacks on police, media and civilians, unacceptable (media)
• German Ambassador reacts to pressure and attacks against journalists (media)
• Rakic’s remarks about “crystal night” spark reactions (media)
• NATO comments on situation in the north (Telegrafi)
• Dalipi to Borrell: No one should portray police action as a political or ethnic problem (media)
• EP Rapporteur for Kosovo reacts to Borrell’s statements (media)
• Several journalists attacked during riots in Mitrovica (europeanjournalists.org)
• EFJ secretary reacts to reports of journalists attacked in north (Kallxo/media)
• Video published of moment when explosive device thrown near reporter (media)
• The Radio Free Europe team unable to work in the north (RFE)
• Violence in North Kosovo draws conflicting reactions (BIRN)
• Osmani to represent Kosovo at UN Security Council session (Koha)
• Kandic says it is not safe to sit with Petkovic at the negotiating table (RTK)
• Vucic: If they start violence, you protect the people; we’ll be with you (media)
• Dacic: War or peace, the international community to decide (Indeksonline)
• Djuric: Kurti’s attempts to demonstrate power before elections (media)
• Grenell: Biden must not be silent; this is dangerous and ruthless (media)
• UNS: To enable uninterrupted work of journalists in the north Kosovo (N1)
• Reactions of parties in Serbia to the Kosovo police operation (N1)

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