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Belgrade Media Report 4 May

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• Vucic: Next winter will be very difficult (Politika/Tanjug)
• Vucic: Conversation with Mitsotakis was good, I am grateful for his support (Tanjug)
• Vucic, Raisi: Serbia appreciated Iran’s principles position of non-recognition of unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo (Tanjug/Politika)
• Vucic: I do not expect too much from Berlin discussions (Tanjug)
• Vucic made no promise to impose sanctions on Russia (Novosti)
• Hill says Serbia should think again about Russia (N1/VoA)
• Shots fired at Kosovo Serbs at lake outside Gracanica (RTS)
• Serbian officials, analysts claim Izetbegovic is trying to create unitary B&H (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• CEC announces general elections in B&H; Covic threatens territorial reorganization (N1)
• Izetbegovic: Elections must be held (FTV)
• Dzaferovic: Elections will be held and funds for elections will be secured (O Kanal)
• Kristo: Elections will go as defined by B&H Election Law, and not as decided by illegal body in charge of conducting them (Glas Srpske/N1)
• Cvitanovic on electoral reform: Milanovic has my support, Plenkovic should follow that path as well (Dnevni list)
• Families of victims mark anniversary of events in Dobrovoljacka Street (RTRS)
• Svrakic: Dobrovoljacka Street was legitimate military target (N1)
• Dodik: Crime against innocently killed JNA members is proof that former Muslim leadership wanted and caused the war in B&H; Other comments (ATV)
• Milanovic: Croats in B&H are witnessing oppression, Komsic is thief; I will use veto to stop admission in NATO before changing BIH Election Law (HRT1)
• Plenkovic: Croatian President Milanovic advocates pro-Russian stances by speaking against NATO enlargement, he abuses issue of Croats in B&H for personal interest (HRT1)
• Grlic-Radman: Milanovic wants to present himself as savior of Croats in B&H (HRT1)
• Opposition representatives uncertain how will they vote in Croatian parliament when Finland and Sweden accession to NATO comes to agenda (Jutarnji list)
• Marovic: Montenegro remains leader, I’ll lead negotiations with EU (RTCG)
• Petar Knezevic left for Serbia, his interrogation put on hold (TV Vijesti)
• Sehovic: Abazovic will do everything to amnesty Knezevic (Pobjeda)
• Maddocks: UK cooperates with states, not with specific govts (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• There are three possible outcomes for EU council in June and none leads to opening of accession talks (Republika)
• Bulgarian MEP says that it was France and Netherlands that blocked Macedonia (Republika)
• VMRO-DPMNE will block work of parliament (Republika)
• Zelensky’s video message to Albanian parliament: Thank you for the concrete steps for Ukraine, for the care you give to our children and our people (Radio Tirana)
• Rama: I pledge on behalf of Albania and Albanians, all our support, respect and friendship for Ukraine (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 4, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Germany confirms it supports Kosovo membership bid at CoE (media)
• Osmani departs for official visits to Panama and Costa Rica (media)
• German Defence Minister visits Sarajevo, plans to visit Kosovo too (Gazeta Express)
• Mehaj: Kosovo should have a voluntary military reserve of 20 thousand people (media)
• Prosecution: no ethnic motives in the armed incident in Badovc (Kallxo)
• PDK: Kosovo imported only 0.56 percent of energy in March, 100 percent increase of price continues (Reporteri)
• COVID-19: 3 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic arrived in Berlin (RTV, Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: Conversation with Mitsotakis good, grateful for his support (Tanjug)
• Session of the Holy Synod held in Patriarchate of Pec (RTS, Kosovo Online, KoSSev)
• Serbia increased exports of goods to Kosovo by ten million euros (KiM radio)
• Gracanica Mayor seek from KFOR more effective protection for Serbs (Kosovo Online)
• The pandemic affected the census process in Kosovo (KiM radio, RTK)
• Kurti’s softening of stances would not be well received in Pristina (KiM radio, N1)


• DW: Vucic and Kurti in Berlin, symbolic encounters in the shadow of Ukraine (Danas, Kosovo Online, RTK2)


• Prosecutors Add More War Crime Charges Against Kosovo Ex-President (Balkan Insight)
• Can the war in Ukraine lead to a faster EU integration of the Western Balkans? (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 4, 2022

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• Kurti, Vucic to meet Scholz separately; then joint meeting with Lajcak (media)
• Kurti to meet German Foreign Minister Baerbock, source says (RTK)
• Free media is the bedrock of democracy, Kurti says (media)
• Media and government don’t look eye to eye (Radio Free Europe)
• Kajtazi: Another 13 persons will be arrested by Special Court (Telegrafi)
• Grondahl hopes for a Kosovo-Serbia final deal this year (Kosovapress)
• COVID-19: 4 new cases (media)

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