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Belgrade Media Reprot 22 October 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 22 October 2021


Dacic: Greece giving assurances it will not recognize Kosovo (Tanjug)
Petkovic: Bislimi’s statement that it would not form ZSO is height of irresponsibility (Beta/Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Starovic on resumption of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: We are approaching the moment of truth (RTS)
Giaufret: EC report on Serbia cautiously optimistic (N1)
Biden is raising Balkans wall for Russia and China (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt claims Dodik’s actions are serious attack on integrity of B&H (AJB/N1)
Dzaferovic: We need to be prepared to defend sovereignty and territorial integrity of B&H by all possible and available means (FTV)
SDA sets deadline to HR to annul RS parliament’s new law by 28 October (N1)
MEPs send letter to Borrell and Schmidt, request reaction against Dodik’s activities; Serbia a common denominator in all the tensions (FTV)
Cerimagic says responsibility of Serbia and Croatia for current crisis and processes in B&H very significant (N1)
RS representatives reacts to letter of MEPs saying that they will not give in to blackmails (RTRS)
Dodik says US Embassy in Sarajevo represents epicenter of instability in B&H (RTRS)
Cubrilovic: RS parliament special session on return of competences to RS will be held at beginning of November (ATV)
Escobar stresses there is no constitutional possibility for RS’ secession (N1)
Nelson: Do not fall for provocations (Oslobodjenje)
Sattler and UN’s Jenca discuss current situation in B&H (Dnevni avaz)

Picula: Partnership relation between Washington and Brussels would foremost help B&H get out of crisis (Vecernji list)
Johansson: Borders need protection, but violence is unacceptable (Hina)

President of the UN General Assembly hosts Abazovic and Radulovic in New York (Gov. Press service)
Radulovic: US has sent clear messages of support to Montenegro (Gov. Press service)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: 31 October crucial for me, no one is eternal, but that does not mean new parliamentary elections (Libertas/TV 21)
Mickoski: The new future is within reach, only one more step is needed – 31 October (Republika)

Kim: Accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia should start without delay (Radio Tirana)
German MPs: We encourage positive decision-making for the integration of Albania (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 22, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 22, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani and Kurti: New KSF recruits will make Kosovo safer (Koha)
• Government does not close the door to UNMIK (RFE)
• Nikolla: Council of Europe will remain incomplete until it accepts Kosovo (media)
• Health ministry opens vaccination point in Pristina square (media)
• COVID-19: 16 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Petkovic: Serbia will demand concrete actions to establish CSM at next meeting in Brussels (Kosovo-online)
• Mijacic: Community of Serbian Municipalities will nonetheless be formed (Danas)
• Members of Civic Initiative Peoples’ Unity in Klokot joined Serbian List (Radio KIM)
• Perpetrators who stoned house of Rumena Ljubic apprehended (Radio KIM)


• The advances civilizations of Kosovo and Serbia, explained (Kosovo 2.0)
• Price panic risks derailing Western Balkans’ energy transition (Prishtina Insight)


• Kosovo Police Quiz Minors for Stoning Elderly Serb’s House (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 22, 2021

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• Kosovo-Serbia working groups meet in Brussels to discuss licence plates (media)
• EEAS Western Balkans director visits Kosovo, meets President Osmani and PM Kurti (media)
• Escobar visits Kosovo’s Embassy in U.S. (media)
• ECAP cancels mayoral elections in Hani i Elezit (media)
• Abdixhiku: No vetting without U.S. and EU on board (Klan)
• March to be held in New York in support of victims of sexual violence in Kosovo (RFE)
• Kosovo Court confirms Serb ex-policeman’s war crimes conviction (BIRN)
• World Bank: Kosovo experiencing a much faster recovery than expected (Kallxo)
• World Bank revises up 2021 GDP forecast for Western Balkans to 5.9% (Reuters)
• COVID-19: 18 new cases, no deaths (media)

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