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Belgrade Media Report, 04 January 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade
Daily Media Highlights
Tuesday 4 January 2022


• Vucic: Serbia always ready for dialogue, but without dictate (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic pleased with acquisition of Kornet missile systems (Tanjug)
• Serbia’s eyes on standards to close Rule of Law Cluster (EurActiv/Beta)
• Selakovic: We must not allow ourselves to suffer in challenging circumstances (Tanjug)
• Selakovic receives New Year’s, Christmas cards from Lavrov (Politika)
• Petkovic: Act of violence (B92)
• Drecun: It is Pristina that is blocking any kind of agreement (TV Pink)
• Gouillon: Kosovo Serbs need solidarity, outreached hand (RTS)
• Serbia’s foreign policy in previous year (Radio Beograd)
• Environmental groups block roads across Serbia (Beta)
• Bishop Grigorije: Stupid to see politics in supporting environmentalist protests (N1)
• Police officers’ singing in Priboj appalled people, Vucic promises reaction (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Schmidt calls for better path in 2022 (Nova BH)
• Komsic congratulates New Year’s Eve to B&H citizens (Nova BH)
• FB&H politicians comment on blockades in FB&H parliament (FTV)
• Cvijanovic talks about challenges and successes of RS in 2021 (RTRS)
• Covic: There will be no B&H without Croats (Dnevni list)
• Krivokapic: Negotiations were held in secret, new government was practically formed (Vijesti)
• Lajcak: I’m very worried because Brussels almost no longer sees Montenegro (Pobjeda)
• Stoltenberg: Montenegro has shown that reforms in the Balkans are possible (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• We expect constructive talks with the new Bulgarian government and a quick unblocking of the process, said Osmani (Republika)
• Mickoski: SDSM is not a factor in the government, DUI governs Macedonia (TV Alfa)
• Western Balkans to be a priority of France’s EU Presidency, but unclear in what form (MIA)
• Albania takes over its mandate in the UN Security Council, here is the focus (Radio Tirana)
• Barsacq: There should be no division in the EU integration process, between Albania and North Macedonia (EuroNews/Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 4, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 4, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• “France has changed approach”; optimism for visa liberalisation (Kosovapress)
• Will Biden launch an offensive in Kosovo-Serbia dialogue this year (Gazeta Express)
• Joseph: Rama’s rapprochement with Vucic is not healthy (Radio Free Europe)
• Thaci and others are held in detention on assumptions, attorney says (Kosovapress)
• COVID-19: 108 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 25 new cases registered in Serbian areas (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic reacts to Pristina’s decision to declare UNMIK official “persona non grata” (B92, social media)
• Moscow reacts to Pristina’s move (media)
• Trajkovic: Albanian political elite in Kosovo admitted return of expelled Serbs is politically conditioned (Kosovo-online)
• Schieb: Serbia–Germany relations aim at providing support for EU integration (N1)
• Chen Bo: Great results of cooperation between China and Serbia in 2021 (N1)
• EU Office condemned recent desecration of cemetery in Kisnica (Radio KIM)
• Two anti-coronavirus shots needed to enter Kosovo as of January 3 (Radio KIM)
• Server: Pristina also responsible for issue of missing persons (Kosovo-online)
• Kosovo police members received letter of reprimand for detaining KoSSev’s editor last year (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 4, 2022

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• Stoltenberg: Tensions increased in Kosovo and B&H; NATO promotes stability (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo declares UNMIK staff a “persona non grata” (media)
• UN: “Persona non grata” doctrine not applicable to UN personnel (media)
• Hasani: UNMIK personnel cannot be declared “persona non grata” (Koha)
• Kosovo has high expectations of Albania joining UN Security Council (Klan)
• Serwer: I do not expect a Kosovo-Serbia agreement this year (Kosovo Online, media)
• Kosovo Surveillance Build-up Raises Privacy Concerns (BIRN)
• Serbia praises another arms shipment from Russia (AP)
• World Athletics confident Kosovo will participate in Serbian event with no issues (Exit.al)
• COVID-19: 38 new cases, no deaths (media)
• New COVID-19 restrictions come into force in Kosovo (Exit.al)
• Pandemic forces 3,000 firms out of business, additional relief packages needed (euronews.al)

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