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Belgrade Media Report 28 April 2022

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 28 April 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Violence in Kosovo and Metohija cause for concern (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Brnabic: Taking of transiting gas would be precedent (Tanjug)
• Everyone in region can only benefit from Open Balkans (Tanjug/Politika)
• Substantial bilateral cooperation with US in field of defense (Tanjug/Politika)
• Vulin on Putin’s statement (Politika)
• Drecun: Pristina’s goal to forcefully put under control north Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)
• Djurdjevic Stamenkovski: Interpretation of Putin’s statement on Kosovo aimed at confusing Serbian public (Beta/RTV)
• Djukic: Putin’s comment on Donetsk, Lugansk supports independent Kosovo (Beta)
• Hill: We are very pleased with the meetings in Belgrade (Tanjug/RTS)
• EULEX: 1,620 still missing in Kosovo (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Escobar and Donfried meet with B&H Presidency in Sarajevo and express support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of B&H (Al Jazeera Balkans/BNTV)
• Dodik: Escobar and Donfried share stance that there is HR in B&H while RS’ stance is that HR lacks legitimacy (ATV)
• B&H HoP convenes to discuss HDZ B&H’s proposal of changes to B&H Election Law; Bosniak Caucus invokes mechanism of vital national interest protection (BHT1)
• Brnabic comments sanctions issued against RS officials: I believe this is very incorrect (RTRS)
• Dodik, Kalabukhov discuss political situation in B&H (RTRS)
• Kosarac votes against Russia expulsion from UNWTO (Oslobodjenje)
• Blinken: USA seeks alternative solutions for international mission in B&H (FTV)
• Dodik: ALTHEA that was invisible is the best guarantee of security (N1)
• Campara and Wessely discuss cooperation (Avaz)
• B&H Prosecutor’s Office confirms indictment against 10 people for incident in Dobrovoljacka Street (N1)
• Cvijanovic lacks confidence that justice will be served in ‘Dobrovoljacka’ case (ATV)
Montenegro
• Abazovic officially proposes government composition; Djurovic elected speaker (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Donfried: Intergovernmental conference delayed for too long, Macedonia fulfilled difficult tasks, deserves rapid progress (Republika)
• Varhelyi: No time to waste to speed up procedures, Macedonia is part of Europe (Republika)
• Mickoski–Varhelyi meeting: EU talks to start immediately without additional conditions (Republika)
• Osmani: If dispute between Skopje and Sofia is not resolved now, it could turn into “frozen conflict” (BTV/Republika)
Albania
• Leader companies of the energy trade meet in Tirana (Radio Tirana)
• Balluku: Albania, a contributor of energy security in the region (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 28, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 28, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Opposition parties call for dismissal of ambassador Berishaj (Telegrafi)
• Kusari-Lila: Political parties to be conscientious about situation with Serbia (KP)
• Unions to hold one-hour strike and protest; do not rule out general strike (media)
• UK urges the West to send weapons to Western Balkans (Koha)
• EUCOM pledges support for KSF command (RTK)
• Media close to Vucic slam Putin over his statement on Kosovo (Telegrafi)
• COVID-19: 19 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Brnabic: No harm from Open Balkan, only benefits (Tanjug)
• Brnabic: Violence in Kosovo cause for concern (Tanjug, TV Pink)
• Analysts on Putin’s statement about Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Vulin: Russia could have changed its stance on Kosovo thus far, but it had not (Kosovo-online)
• Donfried on Serbia, Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS, Politika)
• Szunyog meets Jevtic (Kosovo-online)
• Odalovic: Search on location near Stavalj to continue on May 10 (Radio KIM)

Opinion:

• Pressured by the West Over Russia, Serbia May Look To China (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Albania’s Pioneering LGBT Activist: ‘We Should Not Be Second-Class Citizens’ (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 28, 2022

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• Osmani and Kurti attend funeral for Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state (media)
• EU on attacks against police in the north: Avoid unnecessary speculation (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo Assembly to hold plenary session today (media)
• Vetevendosje collects signatures for establishing inquiry committee on energy (media)
• Haxhiu: There can be no serious steps in fight against corruption without vetting (KP)
• Kosovo, Serbia Urged to Not Politicise Missing Persons Issue (BIRN)
• EULEX expert lists main obstacles in identification of human remains (Koha)
• Ethnocentric Memorials Dominate Kosovo’s War Remembrance Culture (BIRN)
• Albanian minister at UN SC: Images from Ukraine remind us of those from Kosovo in 1999 (media)
• COVID-19: 13 new cases (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 April 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 27 April 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic meets Donfried (RTS)
• Pristina has still not done anything on the formation of the ZSO (Tanjug/Politika)
• Vucic with Slutsky: Serbia will continue on EU path, along with friendly relations with Russia (RTS)
• Vucic discusses cooperation in tourism with Rama, Kovacevski (Tanjug)
• Cooperation with US on sustainable energy, green agenda (Tanjug/Novosti)
• Pristina special police forces withdraw after being deployed to north of Kosovska Mitrovica (Tanjug/Kosovo Online)
• Belgrade, Pristina to continue technical dialogue (N1)
• DSS: Sanctions against Russia are inadmissible, against Serbia’s interest (Nova S TV)
• Metsola on EU alignment of Serbia (RTS)
• Bakir blocks parliament of B&H! (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H HoP’s urgent session not held Tuesday due to number of Bosniak Caucus delegates not attending it (Hayat)
• Izetbegovic says changes to B&H Election Law proposed by HDZ B&H are unconstitutional and in collision with Constitution of FB&H (BHT1/BNTV)
• Spiric on boycott of B&H HoP’s session: This is blockade of institutions (Hayat/O Kanal/RTRS/ATV)
• US Embassy condemns behavior of ruling parties in B&H at B&H HoP urgent session (FTV)
• EU standards were not respected (Avaz)
• Peach and Lajcak touch on B&H and Balkans during forum in Sofia (N1)
• Dzaferovic meets with ICC President, Deputy Prosecutors of ICC (Hayat/BHT1)
• Enhanced role of the United States (Oslobodjenje)
• Cikotic and Ambassador Murphy discuss security situation and attempts of destabilization (Avaz)
• Cavara with Commander of EUFOR in B&H about security situation (Dnevni list)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic congratulates Macron (CdM)
• Abazovic: Scepanovic and Vlaovic set to become ministers (CdM)
• DF MPs coming to Cetinje on Thursday (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Osmani will not ask Bulgaria to withdraw the Declaration on Macedonia (Republika)
Albania
• CoE Parliamentary Assembly approves report, Gjylameti: We should double Albania’s integration efforts (Radio Tirana)
• Peleshi: We will unconditionally support the Ukrainian people (Radio Tirana)
• Varhelyi: Disappointed by the decision of Bulgaria, Albania remains ”hostage” of the latter (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 27, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 27, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani: Forcibly disappeared are our call for justice (media)
• Hovenier on National Day of Missing Persons: More to be done to ensure justice (media)
• Abdixhiku: Authors of monstrous crimes must be held responsible (media)
• Sarrazin: Kosovo’s membership of CoE, EU and NATO only through successful dialogue with Serbia (Klan Kosova)
• Vucic warned that the expulsion of Russia from the Security Council is being prepared – Ylber Hysa and Sonja Biserko say that it is unlikely (Albanian Post)
• Haziri: Blinken in Ukraine, Donfried in the Balkans, not accidental (media)
• US Embassy condemns attack on police, cautions against speculation (Lajmi)
• Police confiscate automatic rifle, gun and bullets in raids in Mitrovica North (Kallxo)
• Rama, Vucic to meet in June as part of “Open Balkan” (Indeksonline)
• COVID-19: 13 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic, Donfried discuss EU integration, Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (N1, Tanjug)
• Vucic meets Slutsky, says Serbia to continue EU path, preserve friendly relations with Russia (RTS)
• Brnabic meets Donfried, talks about Community of Serb-majority Municipalities (Kosovo-online)
• “Stop politicisation of missing persons issue” (Radio KIM)
• Pristina special police forces withdraw after being deployed in Mitrovica North (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Bishop Teodosije: Church’s role is not to divide people, but help those who suffer (KoSSev, Politika)
• Zubin Potok journalist on attack against police, situation of local population there (Danas)
• Mihajlovic: Gas supplies to Serbia unhampered for now (Tanjug)

International:

• Hoti: EU must condition Serbia on missing persons (euronews.al)
• Children ‘invisible’ in Serbia’s response to domestic abuse (BIRN)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo’s ‘Bad News Eagles’ qualify for Counter-Strike tournament (BIRN)
• Attacks in Babin Most village becoming more frequent (Radio KIM)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 27, 2022

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• U.S. Assistant Secretary Karen Donfried’s interview with T7
• Russia Fears Better Kosovo-Serbia Relations, US Officials Warn (BIRN)
• In meeting with UN SG Guterres, Russian President Putin invokes Kosovo (Koha/Express)
• Von der Leyen, Trudeau thank Kurti for support to Ukraine (media)
• Gervalla meets Varhelyi at the EU-Western Balkans forum (media)
• OSCE, Germany condemn yesterday’s attack on Kosovo Police (media)
• Kosovo and Denmark sign prisoner transfer treaty (media)
• Ukrainian women training in Kosovo to demine their country (media)
• COVID-19: Seven new cases (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 26, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 26, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani and Kurti travel to the United States (media)
• U.S. Embassy re-echoes Assistant Secretary Donfried’s message in Kosovo (media)
• Gervalla: Visa liberalisation now; Kosovo’s objective is EU membership (media)
• Metsola: Calls for visa liberalisation are falling on deaf ears (RFE)
• Kosovo Police comes under fire in the north (media)
• Anti-corruption agency initiates investigations into ambassador’s wealth (Indeksonline)
• COVID-19 pandemic is not over, Health Ministry calls for vaccination (media)
• COVID-19: Seven new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Petkovic, Serbian List condemn attack on police in Zubin Potok, say it has nothing to do with Serbs (Kosovo-online, media)
• Special police units in Bosniak mahala (KoSSev)
• Vucic congratulates Macron on his re-election as president (Tanjug)
• Incidents affecting Serb community in Kosovo (Kosovo-online, media)
• Stano: Agreements on reconstruction of bridge connecting South and North Mitrovica will be implemented soon (Kosovo-online)
• Belgrade, Pristina to continue technical dialogue, N1 learns (N1)
• Beka: Hearing of Kosovo police officers for attending meeting with Vucic ongoing (Kosovo-online)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Filipovic: Private property in Kosovo legally protected on paper only (Radio KIM)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 April 2022

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 26 April 2022
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic congratulates Slovenia’s Golob on election win (Tanjug)
• Selakovic on Kurti (TV Pink/Politika)
• POKS: NADA coalition will be opposition in parliament and in Belgrade (RTS)
• Zaniti: NATO respects Serbia’s neutral military status (Nedeljnik/Beta)
• American diplomatic attack on Serbia (Blic)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dzaferovic congratulates French President Macron; Dzaferovic congratulates Robert Golob (Nezavisne)
• Court of B&H: B&H CEC members are appointed legally (N1/Nova BH)
• SDA welcomes Court of B&H’s decision (Nova BH)
• Djonlagic and Borenovic welcome Court of B&H’s decision (Nova BH)
• Varhelyi discusses electoral reform and elections in B&H with Grlic Radman (BNTV)
• Dzaferovic meets with King Willem-Alexander (Hayat/FEMA/FTV)
Montenegro
• Education of future prime minister and ministers in minority government (CdM)
• Picula and Bilcik: Government to be more effective, with stronger support of parliament (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Kovacevski: Government committed to creating conditions for better life and European future (Republika)
• Osmani at Sofia conference on EU and Western Balkans (Republika)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 26, 2022

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• U.S. delegation visits Prishtina, meets President Osmani and PM Kurti (media)
• EU calls for agreements between Kosovo and Serbia (Radio Free Europe)
• Bid to challenge UN veto use raises questions on Kosovo (BIRN)
• In supporting Ukraine, Kosovo tacitly stakes claim for recognition (BIRN)
• Kurti hosts meeting with Quint ambassadors and EU Head of Office (media)
• Rakic warns with total civil obedience if arrests made in north (Koha)
• Kosovo leaders congratulate Macron on election victory (media)
• PDK, AAK calls for dismissal of Ambassador Berishaj (Koha)
• HLC analyses on why war crime victims hesitate to share their stories (Kallxo)
• Op-ed: The controversial legacy of Dick Marty in Kosovo (BIRN)
• COVID-19: 8 new cases, no deaths (media)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 22, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 22, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• President Osmani meets Latvian President Levits (media)
• PDK submits lawsuit against ERO board members (media)
• Ambassador Berishaj rejects allegations of money fraud (Klan)
• German reporter about Council of Europe: Russia out, Kosovo in? (Gazeta Express)
• COVID-19: 14 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Petkovic: Sticker regime to remain in force (Tanjug)
• Movement of vehicles at Jarinje and Brnjak crossing points without problems (Tanjug)
• Vucic speaks with his Egypt counterpart, says Serbia grateful for understanding over Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Patriarch Porfirije’s message on occasion of Orthodox Easter (N1)
• Serbian President unveils Jasenovac victims memorial (N1)
• Selakovic: No major outpourings of support for Pristina in UN SC (Tanjug)
• 23rd anniversary of RTS bombing (RTS)
• US Assistant Secretary of State Donfried to visit Belgrade on April 26 (Tanjug)
• Bilcik: Serbia could face consequences over Russia sanctions (N1)

International:

• War Childhood Museum Exhibition Opens for the First Time in Prishtina (BIRN)

Humanitarian/Development:

• American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo against pension savings withdrawal (Koha)
• Kosovo Government support bypasses minority communities because of high unemployment rate (Radio KIM)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 22, 2022

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• No agreement on license plates, negotiators invited to meet again (media)
• U.S. senators support Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations (media)
• U.S. Assistant Secretary Donfried to visit Western Balkans (media)
• KSF commander and Latvian defence chief agree to step up cooperation (media)
• Government opposes idea of citizens withdrawing money from pension trust (media)
• Kosovo’s ambassador alleged to be involved in a major financial affair in Slovenia (media)
• Kosovo Serb Businessman ‘Still Being Probed’ for Politician’s Murder (BIRN)
• Kosovo and World Bank sign €50.6 million agreement (media)
• COVID-19: 22 new cases, no deaths (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 April 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 21 April 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Selakovic: Situation in Kosovo and Metohija far from normal (Politika/Tanjug)
• Continued UNMIK engagement on an undiminished scale crucial (Tanjug/RTS)
• Selakovic: Gervala is abusing UN Security Council (Tanjug)
• Vucic, Lajcak discuss continuation of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic concerned over threats coming from Pristina (Tanjug)
• Lajcak: Next high-level meeting discussed with Vucic (Tanjug)
• Vucic: We belong in EU but must protect what is ours (Tanjug)
• Brnabic: Freedom House report disgraceful (Tanjug/RTS/RTV/Politika)
• Will Russia leave PIC as well because of failure to recognize OHR (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency members meet with US senators in Sarajevo (Hayat/BNTV)
• Rangel presents draft report on B&H to members of AFET (N1)
• Dodik: Property belongs to RS and so it will remain (RTRS/FTV)
• Cvijanovic: We belong to the RS and the RS belongs to us (RTRS/Srna/Glas Srpske)
• Nesic only opposition leader from RS who attended gathering ‘Freedom’ (RTRS)
• RS opposition boycotts protest ‘Freedom’ (RTRS/ATV/BNTV)
• Dzaferovic condemns threats to Schmidt sent from gathering in Banja Luka (BHT1/FTV)
• Baerbock sends letters to members of B&H Presidency (BHT1)
• Sejdic: I do not think I will get to see implementation of ‘Sejdic-Finci vs. B&H’ judgment (Dnevni list)
Montenegro
• Abazovic: I see nothing disputable about Ranko Krivokapic being head of diplomacy (TVCG)
• Elections in Podgorica, Bar, Danilovgrad and Kolasin scheduled for 19 June (CdM)
• Miljanic to be minister without portfolio in charge of fighting corruption (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Kovacevski: Next week it will be known whether anything will be done about the “Vanco Mihajlov” association (Republika)
• Osmani-Levits: Start of EU talks of vital significance for Macedonia and Europe (Republika)

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