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Belgrade Media Report 18 January 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade
Daily Media Highlights
Tuesday 18 January 2022

• Brnabic: Pristina’s decision disgraceful (TV Prva)
• Brnabic: Government soon to make decision on Rio Tinto (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
• Odalovic: Absurd that Kurti could have voted in another country – Albania, and Serbs cannot in their own (RTS)
• Giaufret: Higher turnout would be better, but referendum results positive (RTS)
• Stano urges Belgrade-Pristina agreement enabling Kosovo Serbs to vote (Tanjug)
• EU hails Serbia referendum as important step towards more independent judiciary (Beta)
• EU welcomes results of Serbian referendum (Tanjug)
• Leading MEPs welcome constitutional changes approved in Serbia’s referendum (N1)
• Donation by Serbian UNIFIL troops to monastery in Lebanon (N1)
• Schmidt wants to kick Dodik out from politics? (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Escobar: Sanctions result with effect, there will be more, corruption is main problem in Western Balkans (VoA/O Kanal)
• Lavrov: US continues to interfere in internal affairs of B&H and approves attempts to turn B&H into unitarian state (BN TV)
• Kalabukhov: PIC violates spirit and letter of DPA (AJB)
• Dodik says Vucic’s suggestion to return to B&H institutions should not be ignored although he himself believes that RS representatives should return to B&H institutions in full capacity only after demands that arise from RS parliament conclusions are met (RTRS)
• Zunic: Talks about Vucic’s proposal for return to institutions of B&H in the following days (Glas Srpske)
• SDS, PDP members hold meeting: Only place where decisions about RS should be made is RS parliament (BN TV)
• Petkovic questioned at Prosecutor’s Office of B&H as witness in ‘Attack on B&H’s constitutional order’ case (BHT1)
• Schmidt’s statement on Dodik sparks reactions in RS: Dodik depends solely on support of Serb people (Nezavisne)
• USAID’s Power expresses support to Schmidt (AJB)
• Kavazovic meets Schmidt: It would be good B&H parliament confirms changes to B&H Criminal Code that ban denial of genocide (FTV)
• Grlic Radman meets Lavrov in Moscow (HRT)
• Abazovic: We offer minority government without DPS and DF, it would be phenomenal if they also supported it (CdM)
• DF: We are not ready for new experiment, we are for election of new government (CdM)
• Sehovic: Krivokapic’s government fall and election of new one in February (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Mickoski calls on Kovacevski to hold snap elections without a technical government! (TV 24)
• Petkov insists that he will not undermine the Macedonian nation and language (Sitel TV)
• Turkish aid to Albania, growing ties and friendship with PM highlighted during President Erdogan visit (Tirana Times)
• President Erdogan addresses the Albanian parliament (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 18, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 18, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 720 new cases, one death (media)
• What caused the outbreak of COVID this week in Kosovo (Express)
• Pupils, teachers get infected; many schools move to online classes (Indeksonline)
• Negative signals from France for visa liberalization (Express)
• PDK: Increased electricity tariffs, biggest blow to the people (Telegrafi)
• LDK: Government’s inaction forced ERO to increase electricity tariffs (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 171 new cases registered in Serbian areas (KoSSev)
• EU in Serbia: Higher turnout would be better, but referendum results positive (N1)
• Pristina banned Serbs from voting in referendum; what about April elections? (N1)
• UNS and its branch in Kosovo request police and prosecution to find out who was behind cyber-attack on Kosovo-online portal (media)
• Vucic to pay one-day visit to Turkey (Tanjug)
• Brnabic: Pristina’s decision disgraceful, I will ask EU officials about it (Kosovo-online)
• Andric Rakic: Failure to hold referendum in Kosovo an overture to a ban on elections in April (Danas)
• Escobar and Lajcak to visit Pristina on January 31, Belgrade on February 2 (Kosovo-online)
• Visoki Decani Monastery: 133 attacks against Serbs recorded in Kosovo in 2021 (Kosovo-online)


Kosovo Court Struggles to Contact Ivanovic Murder Trial Witnesses (Balkan Insight)


Kosovo families fear losing homes in post-war legal shambles (BIRN)
Kosovo Expects Doubling of Electricity Price as Energy Crisis Bites (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 18, 2021

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• EU regrets Serb referendum not taking place in Kosovo (RFE/media)
• Kosovo Serbs Vote in Serbian Referendum in Serbia – Not Kosovo (BIRN)
• Serbia Opposition Voices Doubts About Referendum, Praised by EU (BIRN)
• Haradinaj: Regulatory Office has proposed increase of electricity price by 80% (media)
• Kosovo Police rebuts Serbian List allegations over Runik incident (media)
• Anti-corruption agency opens case into Rakic’s declaration of assets (Koha)
• COVID-19: 728 new cases, no deaths (media)

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