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Belgrade Media Report 19 January 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade
Daily Media Highlights
Wednesday 19 January 2022


• Ziadeh: UNMIK to continue to support dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic and Erdogan discuss bilateral cooperation, situation in region with focus on B&H (RTS)
• Vucic: Peace, stability priceless (Tanjug)
• Vucic: Someone smarter will lead SNS as of May, June (Beta/Politika)
• Dacic: Serbia works with ODHIR on improving election process (Beta)
• Council of Europe hails Serbian referendum results as important step in de-politicizing judiciary (Beta)
• Fajon, Bilcik concerned about reports that local voting committees were not ready for referendum (Beta)
• Activists attacked in Belgrade, call for new protests, refuses talks with Dacic (N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• UK parliament Foreign Affairs Committee discusses situation in B&H (Hayat)
• Field: Elections best instrument to remove unsuccessful politicians, sanctions are not a magic wand (Dnevni list)
• German and Russian Foreign Ministers discuss situation in B&H; Lavrov: Russia, as PIC member, wants return to consensus in PIC (O Kanal)
• Dzaferovic says he is not sure if sanctions will bring any good; Dodik says it is clear whose card Americans play; Other politicians comment on US sanctions (ATV)
• Cubrilovic: RS parliament most likely to discuss Vucic’s request at session in February (FTV)
• Vidovic, Dragisic questioned at Prosecutor’s Office of B&H as part of an investigation on attack on constitutional order of B&H (BN TV)
• HNS B&H adopts proposal for changes to B&H Election Law and Constitution; Comments on HNS members (Nova BH)
• HNS’ proposal of Election Law sparks reactions; Osmanovic: HDZ B&H and SDA should not be the only parties to decide on Election Law (N1)
• Political officials, analysts comment Croatia, Russia policy towards B&H, arguing that they are voice of instability of B&H (Oslobodjenje)
• Plenkovic meets Michel: It would be very important to discuss situation in B&H at high level and to ensure that all constituent peoples in B&H feel better (Dnevni list)
• Milanovic says he sees RS and Dodik as Croatia’s partners in B&H; Komsic reacts to Milanovic’s statement (HRT)
• Krivokapic: Minority government is a fraud, the fairest solution is early elections (CdM)
• URA explains what kind of minority government they want (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Skopje, Sofia resolve name issue (Nezavisen.mk)
• Petkov did not say when or whether will Bulgaria lift its veto against Macedonia (Republika)
• Mickoski met with Petkov: I stood by my positions (Republika)
• Ahmeti calls on the government to accept Petkov’s demands and amends the Macedonian Constitution (Republika)
• Gruevski calls on Petkov to drop his claim that the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria does not exist (Republika)
• Veto holding Albania hostage on integration path, Luhrmann: We have received positive signals from Bulgaria (Radio Tirana)
• Meta congratulates the new President of the EP: I welcome the cooperation in the process of integration of the country! (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 19, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 19, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 2,050 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Lajcak and Escobar expected to visit Prishtina and Belgrade (RFE)
• Arrival of new SRSG and Head of UNMIK, Caroline Ziadeh (media)
• From crisis to convergence: A strategy to tackle Balkans instability at its source (media)
• “Kosovo selectively discriminated against for visa liberalization” (media)
• Haradinaj suspects energy situation created to benefit “the energy mafia” (Koha)
• Kosovo in 2022: No end in sight to life in limbo (BIRN)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 51 new cases registered in Serbian areas (Radio KIM)
• HLC: Investigations still opened on days of arrests of defendants (Radio KIM)
• Lawyer: Second witness in case of Dusko Arsic interviewed, says he never heard about him (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic with French Ambassador Koshar on situation in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Epidemiologists warn of rapidly rising number of coronavirus cases (N1)
• Djuric with Escobar: Serbia ready to contribute to progress of region (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic: Peace, stability priceless (Tanjug)
• Erdogan: 2021 was exceptional year for Turkey-Serbia ties (Tanjug)
• Drecun: Kurti wants to interrupt practice of Serbs voting in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 19, 2021

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• COVID-19: 720 new cases, one death (media)
• Latifi: Healthcare system prepared to handle increased hospitalisations (Koha)
• The two-day rate of COVID-19 infections affects roughly 400 children (RFE)
• Government pledges €75 million to subsidise energy for citizens and businesses (Kallxo)
• LDK leader Abdixhiku opposes electricity price increase (media)
• AAK ponders calling protests to oppose electricity price increase (Klan/RTK)
• Lajcak, Peach discuss Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)
• Hovenier: KFOR enjoys U.S.’s steadfast support (media)
• Xhacka at UN SC: Women in Kosovo raped, killed as part of ethnic cleansing campaign (Koha/Klan)

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