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Belgrade Media Report 26 January

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Belgrade and Brussels are committed to Serbia’s EU perspective (Tanjug)
Brnabic: The visit to Brussels was successful, the talks show how committed the EU is to Serbia (Tanjug)
Brnabic: Serbia has never progressed so swiftly towards EU (RTS)
Petkovic with Davenport on the situation in Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)
Selakovic with Davenport: We expect that voting in the elections will be possible in KiM (RTS)
Davenport on holding elections in Kosovo and Metohija: OSCE ready to help (RTS)
Stefanovic with the envoy of the British Government for the Western Balkans (RTS)
SNS says will run as single party in Serbia’s April elections; SPS: We will see (Nova daily)
Democrats’ leader refuses to run for Belgrade mayor (Beta)
Djilas certain Vucic will be ousted in April elections (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

EU HR Borrell replies to group of MEPs: For now dialogue is option, EU has instruments if the situation continues to escalate (Dnevni list)
French MEPs Mariani and Juvin: Sanctions to individuals do not bring anything good (RTRS)
Croatian President Milanovic: If someone votes for sanctions against Dodik, he is traitor; Izetbegovic is trying to buy time so that elections in B&H can be held according to the old system that discriminates against Croats (ATV)
Cubrilovic: Dialogue is needed to solve problems in B&H in consensus; RS officials never mentioned war as an option (Glas Srpske)
RS opposition on Cubrilovic’s call to Covic, Izetbegovic to attend RSNA session: This is Dodik’s order, he is inviting his coalition partners (BN TV)
Kavalec says elections will be held regardless of outcome of talks on election reform, calls citizens to elect politicians who will secure prosperous and stable future for B&H (Dnevni avaz)
HDZ B&H leader Covic: Constituent status of people, legitimate representation and competences of FB&H HoP are minimum below which they will not go (FTV)
Stances of B&H political parties ahead of new round of negotiations on election reform (Nova BH)
Sejdic: HNS proposal of election changes does not resolve issue of judgement in ‘Sejdic-Finci’ case (N1)
B&H Presidency Chairman Komsic addresses PACE session: Some political forces want to create new constitutional arrangements and electoral system with deeper discrimination; Neighbouring countries want to achieve wartime goals (O kanal, N1)
Komsic’s speech at PACE session met with harsh criticism, his attendance assessed as ‘misused option of speaking on behalf of B&H’ (Glas Srpske)

Croatian President says Ukraine should not be part of NATO (Hina)
Plenkovic apologizes to Ukraine for Milanovic’s statement that it is corrupt (AJB)

Krivokapic: Government ready to sign Fundamental Agreement with SOC (RTCG)

Krivokapic: Minister Radulovic works for minority government since September (RTCG)

Abazovic: I don’t care about dismissals, they are a reflection of helplessness (RTCG)
DF asks Abazovic: Seek solution within parliamentary majority, there must be no cooperation with DPS (CDM)
Krivokapic’s Cabinet: Session of National Security Council not held, Prime Minister to schedule new session (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Nikolovski: With the current government, the foundations of the state are being destroyed, early elections needed (TV Sonce)
Borissov: Don’t repeat our mistake, immediately resolve the most difficult issues in Bulgarian-Macedonian relations (Republika)
The Macedonian Army is preparing a plan for possible participation in NATO intervention in Ukraine (Telma TV)
Reaction of the Russian Embassy in Skopje: We are surprised by the statements of the Macedonian Minister of Defense (Republika)

President Meta explains decision to hold elections on March 6 (ADN)
President meets head of Armed Forces, focus on Ukraine conflict (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 26, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Health Minister doesn’t rule out schools switching to online classes (Koha)
• AAK MP: Two people succumbed to COVID-19 at Infectious Clinic today (Lajmi)
• Protest in downtown Prishtina against energy tariff increase (Telegrafi)
• PDK against tariff increase; calls ERO to draft another report (Indeksonline)
• Hovenier confirms Escobar and Lajcak visit to Kosovo next week (RTK)
• Kosovo in the service of the U.S. for Ukraine (RFE)

Serbian Language Media:

• Trajkovic and Spahiu about AKK launching investigation against SL officials (KiM radio)
• Good defense relations between Britain and Serbia (N1)
• Brnabic: Brussels visit successful (Tanjug)
• Empirica: New measures of the Government of Kosovo affect the freedom of movement of citizens (KiM radio)
• Training of Serbian Army members in Bujanovac base to secure the administrative line with KiM (Kosovo-online)
• Davenport: OSCE ready to collect ballots for future Serbian elections, subject to consent of all (Kosovo-online)
• Petkovic with Dmochowski on rights of Serbs in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)


• EU Warns Serbia Against Genocide Denial (Balkan Insight)
• Book Review: Balkan Muslims, a Community in Danger? (Balkan Insight)


• Movie on March violence in Kosovo wins audience award in movie festival in Trieste (Kosovo-online)
• European Fund: Pollution in Balkans causes large number of premature deaths (Beta, N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 26, 2022

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• Escobar and Lajcak to visit Kosovo and Serbia next week (media)
• Lajcak meets Bislimi in Vienna, discuss dialogue (media)
• Borrell: No place in EU for deniers of genocide, war crimes (media)
• Kurti: Fight against organised crime and corruption yielding results (media)
• Osmani: We are uprooting corruption, step by step (media)
• British Embassy, EU hail Kosovo’s success in fighting corruption (media)
• Kosovo Armed Forces expect shipment of Puma hand-launchable aircrafts (media)
• Isufi: Not 40 but 4 aircrafts have been purchased from the U.S. (Klan)
• COVID-19: 2,707 new cases, two deaths (media)
• Around 700 students in Preshevo Valley affected by new travel rules (Euronews.al)
• Kusari-Lila: There is room to review measures affecting movement of citizens (Telegrafi)
• Belgrade expects OSCE to run Serbian elections in Kosovo (Express)
• In Kosovo Cafes, Minorities Suffer Most From Segregation Culture (Prishtina Insight)

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