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Belgrade Media Report 28 January

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Starovic: Bigger escalation between Russia, Ukraine would negatively affect Serbia (RTS/Beta)
Selakovic, Pendarovski on improvement of minorities’ position in Serbia (Beta)
Obradovic running for Serbian president (Beta)
Fajon: More recommendations for Serbian elections (N1)
There is no solution in sight; There’s nothing to offer to Serbia (TV Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Palmer and Eichhorst meet with IAWG members, present proposal of changes of electoral legislation (Hayat)
Palmer and Eichhorst meet with representatives of several political parties (Hayat)
SDP: Election changes which will bring additional divisions of B&H along ethnic lines are unacceptable just as every asymmetric solution on election of B&H Presidency members (Dnevni list)
Hartmann: I am fully convinced that there will be elections in B&H because boycott of elections is completely unacceptable in democracy (Nezavisne)
MPs in Bundestag discuss situation in B&H; MP Wagner: Freedom and peace in Western Balkans are at risk, because people denying genocide have been living in some parts of Western Balkans (Hayat)
Grmusa: Schmidt was not appointed High Representative in B&H in accordance with Annex 10 of DPA, which is why he was not allowed to address UN SC (Glas Srpske)
Dodik announces special law on prohibition of use of term ‘genocidal’; Comments of RS officials (EuroBlic)
Dodik reveals condition for return to B&H institutions; Comments of FB&H politicians, political parties (FTV)
Softic: I do not believe that state institutions will be unblocked soon, sanctions must expand to judicial office holders too (Oslobodjenje)

Grlic Radman: EU is against those who stall reforms and support status quo (Vecernji list)
Plenkovic says Milanovic’s statements scandalous, undermine Croatia’s reputation (Hina)
Foreign Minister calling his counterparts to apologise over President’s statements (Hina)

Krivokapic: This government likely to be overthrown; I doubt that I will be the one signing the Fundamental Agreement (RTCG)
Becic says he has not seen Fundamental Agreement, he keeps silent about whether Democrats are paying for arrival of citizens to protest in Podgorica (CdM)
DF after talks with SNP: Protests if parliamentary majority makes any agreement with DPS (CdM)
Jokovic: Signing of the Fundamental Agreement with the Serbian Orthodox Church, correcting injustice towards it (N1)
Mandic and Knezevic discussing current situation with Vucic: Peace and stability in Balkans priceless (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Osmani asked to testify on state of negotiations with Bulgaria (Republika)
We didn’t have essential differences with Dimitrov in the process, but in the work discipline, says Osmani (TV Kanal 5)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 28, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 3,617 new cases, four deaths (media)
• Minister Murati meets with U.S. Ambassador Jeff Hovenier (ATV)
• Customs: U.S. has become Kosovo’s main export market (media)
• Haradinaj: Any option that ignores Constitution and borders, severely damages Kosovo (Reporteri)
• Aliu in Presevo: Belgrade can stop us, but we will continue to insist (media)
• Molliqaj: PDK will not participate, LDK, AAK support Saturday’s protest (media)
• Deliu-Kodra criticizes President for remaining silent about electricity crisis (RTK)
• Hoti: Decision on three doses of vaccine to enter Kosovo does not make sense (media)
• Over six thousand students currently infected with COVID-19 (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Escobar to Pristina: Respect court decision on Visoki Decani Monastery (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic: It is necessary to hold April 3 elections in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Trajkovic: Claims that independence of Kosovo is fact are disincentive for negotiations (Kosovo-online)
• Community in a new package for Kosovo (RFE)
• Another witness in case of Dusko Arsic interviewed (Kosovo-online)
• Efraim Zuroff: Comparison of Kosovo Albanians with Holocaust inaccurate (Kosovo-online)
• Ombudsman says textbook denies national minority languages (N1)


• Kosovo Suspends Judge Filmed Acting Illegally by BIRN (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Special Court Extends Ex-President Thaci’s Detention (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 28, 2022

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• COVID-19: 3,917 new cases, six deaths (media)
• Assembly does not approve opposition’s motion to amend Covid measures (media)
• United States commit additional $3 million for pandemic response (media)
• Kosovo’s New Anti-COVID Measures Anger Businesses and Travelers (BIRN)
• Escobar: Status-quo in dialogue not working, Association does not violate Kosovo’s sovereignty (Reporteri.net)
• Bislimi: Kosovo negotiating a non-aggression deal with Serbia, through EU (Kanal 10)
• Ombudsperson: Non-inclusion of four municipalities in energy tariff plan, unacceptable (KP)
• Kosovo Businesses Welcome Expected Customs Office in Albanian Port (BIRN)
• KSC pre-trial judge extends Thaci’s detention (media)

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