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Belgrade Media Report 14 January 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade
Daily Media Highlights
Friday 14 January 2022

• Vucic asked for Serbs to return to joint institutions and protect RS interests (RTV/Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic with Kosovo Serbs; Rakic: Serbs want to the referendum (RTV/Tanjug)
• EU, US call on Pristina to allow Serbs to vote in referendum (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic: Gratitude for Egypt’s understanding for Serbia’s positions on the Kosovo and Metohija issue (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Selakovic calls on citizens to support constitutional changes in referendum (Beta)
• Djilas says elections boil down to choosing whether or not we want a normal life (Nedeljnik/Beta)
• OSCE Head draws fierce criticism from Serbian opposition leader (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• German Embassy to B&H: Bilateral funds for B&H will not be allocated to RS (O Kanal)
• EC: Varhelyi’s statements on B&H are in line with stances of EU and EC (Nezavisne)
• Kukic decides to leave post after US sanctions imposed against him (O Kanal)
• US Embassy condemns incident in Buzim; No comment from Office of the High Representative; Vucic says he is not surprised by lack of reaction (ATV)
• Vidovic, Petkovic, Dragisic, Karan summoned for questioning by B&H Prosecutor’s Office in relation to attack on constitutional order of B&H (N1)
• Izetbegovic on current political, security situation in B&H with representatives of the B&H Association of Generals and unilateral moves form RS: Institutional response is necessary (Oslobodjenje)
• Plenkovic: Croatia is against any kind of separatist tendencies in B&H (HRT1)
• Pupovac: Peaceful reintegration helped restore inter-ethnic trust (Hina)
• Ruling parties to raise the issue of no confidence in the government (RTCG)
• Minority government until the election a good solution (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• A day after his dire warning, Nikola Dimitrov calls on the EU not to allow Macedonia to suffer another defeat (Republika)
• SDSM and DUI are likely preparing another referendum as an excuse to impose a new treaty with Bulgaria (Republika)
• Pendarovski postponed meeting with representatives of Macedonians in Bulgaria because of the pandemic (Nezavisen.mk)
• Bomgartner: There is no deadline for negotiations with Macedonia (Nezavisen.mk)
• DP factions rule out compromise following violent clashes (Tirana Times)
• Meta meeting with Becirovic: EU membership for Albania and North Macedonia, contribution to peace consolidation (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 14, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 14, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Quint urges Kosovo Government to allow Serbia’s referendum (media)
• Kosovo institutions issue statement on Serbia’s referendum (media)
• Kurti announces extraordinary Assembly session on Saturday (media)
• Kurti’s advisor says “established practice” was “bad practice” (Telegrafi)
• Ahmeti: Serbia trying to destabilise Kosovo through referendum request (media)
• LDK: Serbia’s referendum in Kosovo is unacceptable (media)
• PDK: Serbia’s referendum in Kosovo is unconstitutional (G. Express)
• AAK supports Government’s position on Serbia’s referendum (Klan)
• GLPS: Serbia’s referendum in Kosovo is not a human rights issue (media)
• COVID-19: 585 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 34 new cases registered in Serbian areas (Radio KIM)
• Quint on referendum: Pristina to allow Serbs to vote in line with established practice (KoSSev)
• Vucic with Serb representatives from Kosovo and Metohija today (RTS)
• Trajkovic: Kurti inspires Vucic (Radio KIM)
• Blinken wrote to Kurti: Restore momentum to dialogue, fulfil Kosovo obligations (Radio KIM)
• Friends of Oliver Ivanovic call on people to light candle in his honor on Sunday (KoSSev)
• Vlajic: Verdict of Todosijevic annulled, new trial in February (Radio KIM)
• Selakovic calls on voters to say yes at referendum (N1)
• “Kosovo special police in Gracanica supported inspection in monitoring implementation of anti-Covid measures” (Radio KIM)
• Orthodox New Year marked (Radio KIM)


• Ex-Prosecutor: Serbia Impeded Probe of Kosovo Serb Politician’s Murder (Balkan Inisght)
• Serbian Minister Denies Briefing Kremlin on Russian Opposition Meeting (Balkan Insight)


• Activists handed over 290,000 signatures against Rio Tinto to Serbian Government (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 14, 2021

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• U.S. Secretary of State Blinken writes to Prime Minister Kurti (media)
• Kurti answers to Secretary Blinken: Looking forward to work together (media)
• Konjufca: We don’t accept the Serbian association; this is a closed matter (T7)
• Commentators: Borrell is proving he is not impartial (Kosovapress)
• Vucic warns serious consequences if referendum in Kosovo not allowed (Koha)
• Ex-prosecutor: Serbia impeded probe of Kosovo Serb politician’s murder (BIRN)
• Kosovo human rights concerns raised in new report (Exit)
• Hague prosecutors accused of failing to protect Kosovo case files (BIRN)
• Meta on Open Balkan: Ambiguous initiative imposed from above (euronews.al)

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