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Belgrade Media Report 19 October

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Vucic: Pristina experienced political defeat; new police actions possible (Tanjug/RTV)
Vucic: We can do much together with Hungary (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Petkovic: Serb List leaving Pristina institutions in north of the province if ZSO is not formed (NSPM/Tanjug/N1)
EC to recommend opening of two clusters with Serbia (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Dacic: Opposition to propose representative for media monitoring bodies (Beta/Tanjug/RTS)
Venice Commission praises Serbia’s constitutional amendments (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS government holds special session and discusses decisions on returning competencies to RS (N1/BNTV)
Prosecutor’s Office of B&H forms case against Dodik (Nova BH)
US Embassy: US ready to use sanctions against those who undermine Dayton Peace Agreement; UK Embassy: UK uses sanctions when and where it considers it to be most effective (Hayat)
Dodik votes against all items discussed at session of Presidency (ATV)
SDA: Laws and decisions passed by B&H parliament can only be changed by B&H parliament; Dodik is endangering peace and stability (Nezavisne)
Mothers of Enclaves of Srebrenica and Zepa’ appeal to international institutions to stop Dodik’s violation on UN Genocide Convention (Dnevni list)
Covic, Izetbegovic meet Covic: Our joint priority is to stabilize political situation in B&H ASAP (N1)
FAC holds session to discuss Borrell’s report on situation in Western Balkans: Serious concern over situations in B&H, Kosovo expressed (N1)
EU Foreign Affairs Council extends EUFOR mission in B&H (FTV/Nova BH)

Grlic Radman: Croatia has support for stance on B&H and W. Balkans (Hina)

Minority government backed by DPS and DF a way out of political crisis (Pobjeda)
Abazovic and Radulovic pay a working visit to Washington D.C. (Gov. Press office)
Protest in Podgorica (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

SEC: VMRO-DPMNE won 22, SDSM 9, DUI 3 mayors (Republika)
Zaev one day after the first round of local elections: Now the most important thing is unification (Republika)
Ahmeti thanks voters: I will never disappoint you (Republika)
OSCE/ODIHR: Local elections showed the need for substantial law reform (Republika)

Albania-Kosovo set up a joint Secretariat for the implementation of agreements between them (Radio Tirana)
Basha reveals details from meeting with Kosovo Deputy PM (ADN)
European Integration/Commission publishes progress report on Albania and other aspiring countries (Radio Tirana)
Soreca-Ibrahimaj: Essential to redouble efforts to move the reform agenda forward and improve the business climate in Albania (Radio Tirana)
Slovenian Ambassador from Korca: Albania has done everything necessary to open negotiations (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 19, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Local elections proved Kosovo is a true democracy (media)
• Kurti, Haradinaj clash over operations in the north (Telegrafi)
• Heated debate at the Assembly between ruling and opposition parties on the issue of gas (Kallxo)
• LDK leader: A great comeback (media)
• Visoka Weller says she was not allowed to speak about Decan Monastery at conference (Kallxo)
• Kosovo: More than 50 percent of adult population vaccinated against COVID-19 (Koha)
• COVID-19: One death, 17 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• 37 new Covid-19 cases in Serb areas in Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Pristina suffered political defeat; new police actions possible (RTV)
• Elek: Sofronijevic transferred to Belgrade for further treatment (Radio KIM)
• Switzerland condemns threats to Embassy and Serbian leadership (RTS)
• Serbian Journalists Association calls Serbian List to invite all media in Kosovo to conferences (KoSSev, N1, KiM radio)
• Serbian List has monopolised the lives of Serbs in Kosovo (RTK2, KoSSev, KiM radio)


• Kosovo Ruling Party Loses Ground in Municipal Elections (Balkan Insight)


• ‘Someone’s Daughters’: Unpunished Revenge Porn’s Terrifying Toll in the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 19, 2021

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• Who won the most votes in local elections? (RFE)
• Kurti: Kosovo excelled in its electoral organization (euronews.al)
• Osmani meets EU observers, relays concern over Serbia’s influence (media)
• ENEMO presents preliminary findings on Kosovo local elections (media)
• OSCE commends organisation of municipal elections (media)
• Haradinaj: Vetevendosje suffered a debacle in local elections (Klan Kosova)
• Kurti and new COMKFOR coordinate efforts for closer cooperation (media)
• After 7 years, rare trial for EU-funded Kosovo war crimes court (euronews)
• Anatomy of new Serbia-Kosovo crisis: the politics of license plates (TRTWorld)
• Borrell to Kurti and Vucic: EU-facilitated dialogue is the only way (media)
• European Commission report on Kosovo to be published today (media)
• COVID-19: No deaths, 1 new case (media)

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