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Belgrade Media Report 17 January 2022

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Daily Media Highlights
Monday 17 January 2022

• RIK: 59.71 percent for constitutional amendments, 39.26 percent against
• (RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Referendum held in democratic atmosphere (RTS)
• Brnabic: Referendum major step in strengthening rule of law (Tanjug/RTV)
• Vucic: Citizens voted in favor of constitutional amendments (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic: Ban on Serb voting in Kosovo to have far-reaching consequences (Beta/RTS)
• EU officials welcome outcome of Serbian referendum (N1)
• Gatherings in Kosovska Mitrovica, Belgrade on anniversary of Ivanovic murder (N1/Beta)
• Dodik: We only want to return to the original constitutional order in B&H; RS will continue to mark its day (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Sarovic: Dodik leads RS, Serbia into difficult situation, Vucic is forced to solve crisis Dodik causes (BN TV)
• Schmidt: I am waiting to see what will happen; Bonn powers are at my disposal and they are not just about removing somebody from position (Face TV/N1)
• Dodik’s son announces lawsuit against Nelson (FTV)
• German government has decided, there will be sanctions against Dodik (Dnevni list)
• B&H parliament members from RS: Centralization of B&H is not acceptable, key to end of political crisis is dialogue (EuroBlic)
• Dodik announces talks in RS on return to work in B&H institutions (BN TV)
• Beginning of February could bring chance to unblock work of B&H institutions; Sarovic: RS parliament should decide on possible return of RS representatives to B&H institutions (BHT1)
• Varhelyi denies allegations on his agreement with Dodik: Bosnian Serbs should return to B&H institutions (BN TV)
• New round of talks on electoral reform in B&H will be held this week; HDZ B&H, SDA partially optimistic regarding possible agreement, which is not case with opposition leaders (BHT1)
• Covic meets Plenkovic, Milanovic, stress importance of reaching agreement on electoral reform (Vecernji list)
• Montenegro needs a stable government and it doesn’t have it now (Pobjeda)
• SNP: MPs of parliamentary majority to launch a vote of no-confidence (CdM)
• Saranovic: If a part of parliamentary majority launches a no confidence vote, it’ll represent a deal with DPS (CdM)
• Radulovic: The state trapped in an invisible coalition between two populisms (Vijesti)
Republic of North Macedonia
• The government of Kovacevski was elected, he called on the opposition to cooperate (Nezavisen.mk)
• Kovacevski took over the post of Prime Minister from Zaev (Nezavisen.mk)
• Erdogan in Albania / Here are the 7 important agreements to be signed in Tirana (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 17, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 17, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• “Government, Presidency, Assembly joined in defence of the Constitution” (RTK)
• Kusari-Lila: Assembly’s resolution reconfirmed the will of all parties (media)
• PDK’s Tahiri: Assembly’s session was a mockery of opposition (media)
• AAK’s Tahiri: Our position on referendum was principled (media)
• Hyseni on Kosovo Assembly’s referendum resolution: Act of cowardice (media)
• COVID-19: 728 new cases, no deaths (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian referendum: 30.63 percent of registered voters turned out, 59.71 percent voted pro (RTS)
• Serbian officials’ reactions to Pristina ban on referendum (media)
• Serbs protest against Pristina’s decision to ban referendum in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Stano: Serbs in Kosovo should have been enabled to vote in referendum (RTS)
• EU officials welcome outcome of Serbian referendum (N1)
• Vucic: Citizens voted in favour of constitutional amendments (Tanjug)
• Brnabic: Referendum major step in strengthening rule of law (Tanjug)
• “Vucic announces referendum results before election commission” (N1)
• Serbian opposition: low turnout, referendum didn’t go the way ruling authorities expected (RTS)
• Vukadinovic: Referendum results blow to authorities, surprising for opposition (Radio KIM)
• “Unsolved murder of Ivanovic disgrace for Belgrade, Pristina, and international community“ (KoSSev)
• Vucic lights a candle in memory of Oliver Ivanovic (N1)
• Office for KiM: Young man from Banja village attacked (Radio KIM)
• Kosovo-online portal under hackers attack again (Kosovo-online)


• Serbia Votes ‘Yes’ to Judiciary Constitution Changes (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 17, 2021

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• COVID-19: 771 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Kosovo sends back Serbian ballots ahead of referendum (Deutsche Welle)
• Lawmakers reject holding Serb referendum in Kosovo (The Washington Post)
• President’s Chief of Staff: Kosovo kept a principled position (media)
• Assembly adopts resolution against Serbian referendum in Kosovo (Express)
• Kosovo Serbs travel to neighboring Serbia to vote in referendum (euronews.al)
• Kosovo bans Serbian vote on constitutional changes on its soil (Al Jazeera)
• Kosovo commemorates massacre where 45 were killed by Serbian troops (Exit)
• Spahiu: Talk of Albanian unification Damages Kosovo (BIRN)
• Panic as Kosovo pulls plug on its energy-guzzling bitcoin miners (The Guardian)
• Podcast: War’s consequences on cultural heritage (Kosovo 2.0)
• Serbia votes ‘Yes’ judiciary constitution changes (BIRN)

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