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Belgrade Media Report 29 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Sino-Serbian projects worth almost 8 billion Euros (Tanjug/Politika)
Vucic: Pristina’s refusal to deliver on agreements a question for EU (Tanjug/RTS)
Millard: Serbia is key US partner committed to preserving a stable Western Balkans (Tanjug)
Selakovic thanks Slovakia for support to Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (RTV/Tanjug)
Dacic: Vucic to be SNS-SPS candidate if he runs for president (TV K1/Tanjug/RTS)
Agreement on electoral conditions signed in Serbian parliament (Tanjug/Beta/RTS)
Von Cramon: EC report tends “to give something to Serbia’s President ahead of poll (Beta/N1)
Mihajlovic: Von Cramon lobbying for Kosovo (Beta/N1)
EU decision on opening new clusters with Serbia due by end-November (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt addresses B&H parliament; Every attempt to destroy progress made in past 26 years will not be accepted (BHT1)
Schmidt meets with Komsic and Dzaferovic, stresses need for all representatives to unconditionally return to B&H institutions and unblock their functionality (Hayat)
Covic: Duty of all is to find political solution instead of threats (O Kanal)
Palmer and Eichhorst meet Izetbegovic and Covic (Nova BH)
Dodik: I do not expect anything from Palmer’s visit (RTRS)
Niksic slams Palmer’s statement regarding election of Presidency of B&H members (Dnevni list)
Prodanovic: Erasing ethic prefixes from electoral legislation on B&H House of Peoples is not possible (Glas Srpske)
Izetbegovic meets Kalabukhov: Russia supports continuation of EUFOR mission, but not role of HR (Oslobodjenje)
SNSD Main Board discusses initiative for restoring RS’ competences (ATV)
Dodik: RS will not give up on its competences and its rights defined by B&H Constitution (RTRS)
Hearing on US engagement in Western Balkans held before House Foreign Affairs Committee; Escobar points out that sanctions are ready for those who undermine B&H’s territorial integrity (BHT1)
Croatia

Milanovic: Dodik, Izetbegovic and Covic should try to resolve situation at meeting in presence of Vucic, Erdogan and myself (HRT1)
Montenegro

PM: I’m thinking about forming Christian Democratic Party, I want to reconcile two strong extremisms (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Government: The messages from Sofia are not friendly (Gov. Press service)
Escobar in Congress: Macedonia and Albania to start negotiations with the EU before the end of the year (MIA)
Albania

Xhacka meets Vukcevic, Serbian Ambassador: Friendly relations between Albania and Serbia, key to the Western Balkans (Radio Tirana)
MEPs call on the EU to speed up the integration of the Western Balkan countries (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 29, 2021

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: No date yet for meeting with Vucic (Telegrafi)
• Abdixhiku: No vetting without full coordination with EU and US (media)
• President Osmani addresses the Global Summit of Women in Lisbon (media)
• Rama: Kosovo-Albania unification, mind game more likely outside than inside EU (Koha)
• COVID-19: 28 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: We are not changing our Constitution either and what will we do then? (Tanjug, Kosovo Online, KoSSev)
• Jukic: Witnesses against KLA afraid, some relocated (Radio KIM, RTS)
• Varhelyi: EU closely monitors transformation of Kosovo Security Force (N1)
• New figures and the same messages from the Crisis Staff in Gracanica (KiM radio)
• US goals: W. Balkans in EU; reduce Russian and Chinese influence, Escobar says (Beta, N1, VoA)
• Discrimination at competition for journalist award, AJK says membership not explicit requirement (Radio KIM)
• Selakovic: Slovakia supports Serbia’s integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug, RTK2)
• Sending Hill and Hovenier to the Balkans halted, Senator Cruz blocks Biden’s ambassadors (Kosovo Online, Washington Post)
• Djuric on protest in front of Serbian Consulate in New York (Kosovo-online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 29, 2021

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• Escobar: Mutual recognition would be ideal for normalisation of relations (RFE)
• Minister of Justice says EU supports vetting in judiciary in Kosovo (KTV)
• Krasniqi: Serbia must be responsible for crimes in Kosovo (Klan Kosova)
• Kosovo sanctions individuals and company linked to Hizballah (BIRN)
• Serbia is on a shopping spree for weapons (The Economist)
• Hoxhaj: Russia and Serbia seeking to return history of violence (media)
• Women in Balkan media ‘must speak out’ against sexual harassment (BIRN)
• Agron Bajrami leaves Koha; rumored as new ambassador to Brussels (media)
• COVID-19: 16 new cases, no deaths (media)

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