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Belgrade Media Report 31 January 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade
Daily Media Highlights
Monday 31 January 2022

• Brnabic: Gratitude to Latvia for its contribution to security in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/RTV)
• Gratitude to Latvia for support to Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug/RTV)
• Selakovic: There probably will not be any dialogue as long as Kurti is in Pristina (RTS)
• Drecun: ZSO model agreed in Brussels the only acceptable one (Tanjug)
• Lajcak: Experts from Belgrade, Pristina discuss license plates (N1)
• Lajcak: ZSO agreement must be implemented; No one wants another RS in Kosovo (Beta/Politika/Gazetaexpress)
• SNS, SPS to run separately in elections, will continue to cooperate (Tanjug/Novosti)
• Brnabic talks with mediators in inter-party dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic meets with European Parliament mediators (Tanjug/RTS)
• Inter-party dialogue concludes, 16 measures adopted (RTS/Tanjug/Politika)
• Bilcik: Progress noted, along with delays in implementing pre-election steps (Beta)
• Escobar: US, EU don’t decide on distribution of power in Serbia (FoNet/Nova)
• Obstructions in processing of crimes against Serbs in B&H (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Schmidt calls on all political forces in B&H to work constructively on new Election Law, says 2022 elections will be held no matter what (O Kanal)
• Komsic comments negotiations on Election Law (Hayat)
• Dodik rejects Komsic’s claim: RS acts responsibly and in line with Constitution (Nezavisne)
• RS politicians did not take part in Election Law talks in Neum (FTV)
• Dodik: Only direct election of Serb B&H Presidency member and authentic representation in parliaments is acceptable (ATV)
• Overview of proposed amendments to B&H Election Law related to strengthening electoral process integrity in seven areas (Hayat)
• Negotiations on changes to B&H Election Law conclude in Neum without concrete agreement (O Kanal)
• Covic: HDZ B&H will not allow concept of constituent peoples to be erased from B&H Constitution; Izetbegovic believes that they were not far from solutions regarding the part related to transparency and integrity of election process (FTV)
• Dodik: The fact is that negotiations in Neum have failed, optimism in Neum was not grounded, and another attempt of the US and Europe has brought no results (Nova BH)
• Dodik: Test for return of RS representatives into B&H institutions will be proposed law (ATV)
• Granic: Serb separatist and Bosniak centralist policies are equally dangerous for B&H (Hina)
• President Milanovic: I am neither enemy of Ukraine nor friend to Russia (Hina/RTL)
• MEP: Milanovic’s statement for internal face-off, but damage is in Foreign Affairs (Hina)
• Krivokapic: This government likely to be overthrown, all parties register rating falling except Democrats (RTCG)
• Konjevic after opposition meeting with EU, USA and GB diplomats: Elections the best solution (CdM)
• Radulovic: Krivokapic and some ministers demanded closure of embassies in region; sending protest notes to EU and UN (CdM)
• Experts to set up a political party called ‘Europe Now’ (CdM)
• Picula on situation in Montenegro: I’m worried (CdM)
• Porfirije: The basic agreement will be signed as soon as the political situation in Montenegro normalizes (CdM)
• Abazovic: I did not want Porfirije to be persuaded by manipulation into attitudes contrary to mine (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Mickoski: We will propose reduction of number of MPs and one constituency (Alsat M)
• Mickoski: United anti-DUI/SDSM front is needed against corrupt politicians if we want to have a modern state (Republika)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 31, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 31, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 1,593 new cases, three deaths (media)
• Osmani: We have not received new proposals about the Association (media)
• Kurti: It is not possible to have no subsidies, no increase in prices, no disconnection (media)
• Escobar and Lajcak to meet opposition parties as well (demokracia.com)
• LDK against increase of electricity tariffs (media)
• Krasniqi: Government will be responsible for increase of electricity price (media)
• Kosovo “respects” the Washington moratorium even after expiration (RFE Albanian)
• Haliti: Negotiations with Serbia on contested matters should begin (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19: 107 new cases registered in Serbian areas on Saturday (Radio kontakt plus)
• Kosovo, Albania to form cross-border administrative area (N1, Kosovo-online)
• Escobar: US, EU don’t decide on distribution of power in Serbia (N1)
• Two largest Serbian ruling parties to run separate lists in upcoming elections (N1)
• Serbian List is not interested in social policy; Simic: Incorrect (Kim Radio, Kosovo Online, Kosova press)
• Lajcak: Experts from Belgrade, Pristina discuss license plates (N1)
• Selakovic on the “Belgian model”: The Brussels Agreement clearly states what the ZSO is (N1, Beta, TV Pink)
• Drecun: Model of Community of Serb-majority Municipalities agreed in Brussels only acceptable one (Tanjug)
• KLA flag placed at entry of Velika Hoca (Radio KIM)


• The Kosovo case (KiM radio, NMagazin)


• Serbia’s Foreign Minister Signals Dead End On Kosovo Talks (RFE)
• Protesters Over Hike in Electricity Price Scuffle With Police (Prishtina Insight)


• Energy poverty leads to pollution-related deaths in Albania and Western Balkans (Euractive)
• Tomanić: Environmental issues have a mobilising potential in the entire Western Balkans (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 31, 2022

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• Escobar and Lajcak arrive in Kosovo today (media)
• EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak interview with Gazeta Express
• COVID-19: 2,390 new cases, no deaths (media)
• Pristina protesters storm government building over energy prices (RFE)
• Kosovo sends two athletes to Beijing despite backing US boycott (BIRN)
• Hope and healing in Kosovo’s Oscar entry ‘Hive’ (AP)
• Serbian media: Albanians attacked police in Kursumlija (Klan Kosova)

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