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Belgrade Media Report 20 January 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade
Daily Media Highlights
Thursday 20 January 2022

• Brnabic: Serbian citizens understood importance of changes leading to more independent judiciary (RTS/Tanjug)
• Mojsilovic: SAF to react to unilateral actions in north of Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/RTS/Novosti)
• Stefanovic: Serbia no threat to anyone (Tanjug/Beta/N1/Novosti)
• Dacic: Sanctions for Kurti for announcing to ban vote in April (B92/Beta)
• Petkovic: Kurti’s claims untrue (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Serbia’s activist announces new protests to make regime keeps its word (N1)
• Macron advocates clear perspective for Western Balkans’ EU accession (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• US Embassy officials look for prosecutor to press charges against Dodik (RTRS/Srna)
• Biden responds to letters of B&H diaspora; we will always stand by the side of our friends (Dnevni avaz)
• Schallenberg calls for reaction of international community due to undermining of B&H (FTV)
• Power arrives to reaffirm US’ commitment to partnering with citizens of B&H (O Kanal)
• Turkovic: There will be sanctions, however I do not believe that they will be unanimous when it comes to the EU (Hayat)
• Stanivukovic, others condemn sanctions against ATV (ATV)
• ATV investigates if Serb representatives will return to work in joint institutions of B&H (ATV)
• Dodik grateful to Vucic, Erdogan for caring for B&H (RTRS)
• Izetbegovic: There is no agreement on holding meeting of leaders of the three peoples in B&H with Vucic and Erdogan (BHT1)
• SBB B&H criticizes Turkish, Serbian initiative, arguing that Bosniaks must not take part in this (Dnevni avaz)
• Sattler: Regardless of final outcome of negotiations, October elections will take place (FTV)
• Milanovic expresses readiness to mediate talks of representatives of three peoples in B&H together with Presidents of Turkey and Serbia (Vecernji list)
• URA submits initiative to parliament for vote of no confidence in government (CdM)
• Krivokapic submitted an initiative to remove Abazovic, proposing Spajic as vice president (CdM)
• Protest in Podgorica due to the initiative for a vote of no confidence in the government (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Mickoski called for snap elections without a technical government (Republika)
• Laws on the border regime and social security with Kosovo are approved (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 20, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 20, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 2,708 new cases, one death (media)
• Kurti justifies increase of energy price (media)
• Rizvanolli: We are working to resolve lack of electricity bills’ payment in north (media)
• “Even if tariffs proposed by ERO are approved, price of electricity in Kosovo is the lowest in Europe” (Ekonomia)
• Gashi: We will stop increase of energy price with resolution, LVV made it impossible for us to debate (Ekonomia)
• Coordination and Evaluation Committee proposes new measures to slow down increase of COVID-19 cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 235 new cases registered in Serbian areas (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic: Serbia paid for every KW of electricity consumed in north until 2021, it was Serbian electricity (KoSSev)
• Unvaccinated students to miss exams at Mitrovica North University (Kosovo-online)
• Mojsilovic: Serbian Army will react to attempts to endanger Serbs in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Serbian school children going to school every other day (N1)
• Gov’t set to confirm Rio Tinto’s departure from Serbia (Tanjug)


• Kosovo War Victims ‘Fear Betrayal’ over Compensation Hopes (BIRN)
• Berisha’s Antics Are Useful Distraction for Albanian Govt’s Failures (Balkan Insight)
• Israeli Historian ‘Will Correct Srebrenica Death Toll in Bosnian Serb Report’ (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 20, 2022

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• Kosovo reports over 2,000 new daily COVID cases as Omicron surges (media)
• New anti-Covid-19 measures to be discussed today (media)
• Kurti: The government will increase support for consumers (media)
• Kosovo’s electric bills could increase two-fold (Euractiv)
• Hovenier: U.S. dedicated to strengthening the rule of law in Kosovo (media)
• Gervalla in Athens to meet Dendias (Ekonomia)
• EU millions for rule of law did not translate into substantive reforms (Koha)
• RTK Director sacked; board cites numerous violations (media)
• Serwer: Good on recognition but oversold on strategic impact (media)
• Macron: Clear accession perspective of Western Balkans and EU reform (EWB)
• Landscapes of industrial ruin (Kosovo 2.0)

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