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Belgrade Media Report 18 October 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 18 October 2021


Selakovic: UNMIK necessary, balance of responsibility artificial (Tanjug/RTS)
Selakovic: Guterres shares position of UNMIK Head on Pristina’s actions (RTS)
Brnabic: Finding compromise solution to Kosovo in Serbia’s interest (Novosti)
Vucic: I want close relations with UK, but I’m nobody’s fool (TV Prva/Beta)
Serb List declares election victory in Kosovo’s Serb-majority municipalities (N1)
Brnabic sends congratulatory letter to Serb List (RTS)
Drecun: Serbs told Kurti at the elections that there is nothing from the false state of Kosovo (RTS)
Petkovic congratulates Serb List (RTS/Tanjug)
Ambassador: Serbia values highly Holy See’s stance on Kosovo (Politika/Beta)
Positive opinion of Venice Commission for changes to Constitution (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency meets Linhard; Dodik: B&H is stable in terms of security, but will never be united (ATV)
Dodik: RS has right to its own army; I would not sacrifice peace for the RS (RTRS)
Dodik: Proposal of Izetbegovic to add Jasenovac to imposed law is humiliating (ATV)
Dodik and Izetbegovic rule out possibility of their meeting (ATV)
Komsic and Dzaferovic label Dodik’s announcements as adventurism (ATV)
SDA Presidency convenes in Banja Luka; Izetbegovic: It is up to OHR to react to current situation (Nova BH)
SDS Main Board: SDS to attend special RS parliament session if scheduled, but will not follow Dodik’s initiatives and policies (BN TV)
Borenovic: We have to say we are fed up of Bakir’s motions before B&H CC, we are fed up of Dodik’s false referendums, we are fed up of imposed Inzko’s laws and we are fed up and had enough with Covic’s frustrations (Oslobodjenje)
State prosecutor Pasic asks for case to be formed against Dodik over threats to B&H (N1)
EUFOR: Entities cannot unilaterally withdraw from state institutions (Dnevni avaz)
Escobar: We will be working to isolate those who do not want inclusive and democratic Western Balkans (FTV)
Radoncic dismisses possibility of armed conflicts as highly unlikely (Face TV)
Sarovic: I truly believe how Dodik is biggest danger to RS and B&H (Face TV)
Turkovic meets Linhart, Turkovic says Austria and Minister Linhart understand current challenges that B&H and the region face (Hayat)

Nikolic: Government in Montenegro on the verge of collapse (CdM)
Djukanovic: Government dysfunctional and needs to be replaced (CdM)
Kentera: Montenegro mustn’t be governed by Serbia, Russia or China… (CdM)
Rising Reinke: Stay true to vision of secure, democratic, multiethnic Montenegro (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski declares a major victory for VMRO-DPMNE (Republika)
Zaev blames his minor partners for the defeat, insists that his coalition will survive (Republika)
BESA’s Kasami says he is in the lead in the race in Tetovo, as he heads to a run-off against Teuta Arifi (Republika)

Open Balkans finalized/The Rama-Vucic-Zaev agreement becomes official (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 18, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 18, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Counting of all votes in 33 municipalities completed, these are the results (RTK)
• LVV without any municipality against other winning parties (RFE Albanian)
• Kurti satisfied with the result of Vetevendosje in the local elections (Koha)
• Xhacka: Kosovo and Albania have the common future (media)
• EU Ministers expected to discuss situation in Western Balkans (RFE Albanian)
• Mustafa: The LDK voters showed that they cannot be deceived for long (KosovaPress)
• Progress in dialogue with Serbia helps Kosovo join NATO (Ekonomia Online)
• Kosovo ruling party loses ground in municipal elections (Prishtina Insight)
• COVID-19: No deaths, 1 new case (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 28 new cases registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio KIM)
• Brnabic congratulated the Serbian List: They showed what unity and harmony mean (RTS)
• Selakovic: The victory of the Serbian List is an indicator of the persistence, courage and indomitability of Serbian people (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic: Convincing victory shows importance of Serbian unity (Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• In Serbian communities Serbian List’s mayors (KoSSev)
• CEC: Run-off possible in Serb-majority Klokot municipality (N1)
• Janjic: Results in Kosovo expected, Kurti knew he was losing elections (N1)
• Crosses at Orthodox cemetery in Orahovac broken (Radio KIM)
• “False narrative that no KLA soldier committed any crime” (Radio KIM)
• KFOR withdrew from Jarinje (Radio KIM)
• Serbian Embassy in Bern receives threats in relation to Kosovo (Politika, Tanjug)
• Rakic to KoSSev: You get what deserve (KoSSev)
• Danas: Last October, Rakic also announced that Serbian List would leave Kosovo institutions
• “Ljiljana Subaric will be the mayor the least, people from shadow will come out” (KiM radio)


• Chronicle of the Tragedy Announced (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 18, 2021

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• Central Election Commission: 43 percent voter turn-out
• CEC’s preliminary results show projected winners of local elections (media)
• Pristina most likely heading to run-off mayoral election (media)
• Local elections: 17 mayors decided, 21 municipalities head to run-offs (Koha)
• Vetevendosje: We won bigger municipalities; we go to runoff in others (Koha)
• LDK: We have won several municipalities; runoffs in Prishtina and Podujeva (media)
• PDK: Preliminary results are very positive (media)
• Haradinaj: Results indicate we have won six municipalities (media)
• Rakic: Without Association, there won’t be Kosovo institutions either (RFE)
• Serbian List declares victory in all ten Serb-majority municipalities (RTS)
• Every time SL “withdrew” from Kosovo institutions (KoSSev)
• Demi: Changes in party leaderships giving results (Koha)
• U.S. Embassy: Another victory for Kosovo’s young, thriving democracy
• Petkovic: I congratulate Serbian List on convincing and historic victory (Kosovo-online)
• Center-right parties lead in Kosovo’s municipal vote (AP)
• Kosovo Picks 17 Mayoral Winners, But Pristina, 21 Others Head To Second Round (RFE)
• Kosovo’s municipal election: Centre-right opposition lead after early results (euronews)
• Police, customs point in the north believed to be attacked with sniper bullet (Kallxo)
• COVID-19: No deaths, 10 new cases (media)

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