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Belgrade Media Report 5 May

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• Vucic: We want compromise with Pristina, peace in W. Balkans (Politika/Tanjug/RTS)
• Scholz: Belgrade-Pristina dialogue key topic (Tanjug/Politika)
• Vucic thanked the German hosts for organizing Belgrade – Pristina dialogue (B92)
• Vucic: I’m afraid it will be even worse (B92/Tanjug)
• Lajcak welcomes talk with Vucic, Kurti in Berlin (N1/Beta)
• Mihajlovic: Gas interconnection with Bulgaria a priority (Tanjug)
• Dacic, Hill discuss situation in Europe, Western Balkans (Beta)
• Serbian Patriarch serves liturgy in Pec Patriarchate (Politika/Tanjug)
• Serbian Patriarch says Kosovo holy sites are global heritage (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Pisonero: Important to hold fair, free and inclusive elections (Dnevni avaz)
• Sattler comments on B&H CEC’s decision: First step for implementation of elections was made (O Kanal)
• Covic: B&H CEC’s decision can threaten peace in B&H (BHT1)
• US Embassy reacts to Covic’s letter: Financial obstructions and threats to divide B&H further are against B&H Constitution and EU path of B&H (BHT1)
• UK Embassy on Covic’s letter: We take seriously attempts to destabilize or threat B&H (FTV)
• Reactions of other B&H politicians to CEC’s decision, changes to B&H Election Law (Hayat)
• Lambrecht meets Podzic in Sarajevo, expresses support of Germany to Western Balkans (BHT1)
• Dodik: New EU sanctions against Russia to produce numerous problems in this region as well, RS not to allow B&H to impose sanctions on Russia (ATV)
• Grlic Radman: B&H CEC is unconstitutional (O Kanal)
• Milanovic proposes to Plenkovic to convene session of Croatian National Security Council due to danger Croats in B&H will not be able to elect their representatives (N1)
• Croatian politicians comment on latest Milanovic’s statements (HRT1)
• Petar Knezevic questioned, claims the recording was edited (RTCG)
• Knezevic requests interrogation of Abazovic, Brdjanin… (RTCG/Libertas)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Nikoloski: VMRO-DPMNE will begin to blockade parliament on10 May, and it will last until early a date for elections is agreed (Republika)
• Bulgaria wants Macedonia to amend its Constitution before EU accession talks begin (Republika)
• Mickoski: VMRO-DPMNE will not allow amending the Constitution unless Bulgaria declares that it is the last of their demands (Republika)
• Draghi: Negotiations with Albania should be opened as soon as possible (Radio Tirana)
• Nikola meets Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Grateful for supporting Albania’s accession into EU (Radio Tirana)
• Premier asked about possible ban of Russian tourists (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 5, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Germany’s Scholz: Progress needed on visa liberalisation for Kosovo (BIRN)
• Kurti: Germany, a strategic ally of Kosovo (media)
• Chancellor Scholz’s statement at Wednesday’s press conference (RTK)
• Opposition conditions participation at session with investigating commission (media)
• PDK: No normality in parliament until inquiry committee on energy is formed (media)
• Ischinger: Lajcak needs urgent support (media)
• Head of Kosovo Police meets EUROPOL Executive Director (Indeksonline)
• COVID-19: 16 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Open talk important, even if we argue; Lambrecht: Important that there is stability in the Western Balkans (RTS)
• Vucic after meeting Baerbock: Difficult talks, but I am satisfied with Germany’s interest (RTS, media)
• Lajcak: Vucic and Kurti new meeting on May 13 (Radio Mitrovica sever, media)
• Vucic to Scholz: Serbia will not be the cause of problems (media)
• Serbian Patriarch in Decani: The prayer recited here is for all people – in Kosovo and the entire universe (KoSSev)


• Viskovic: Berlin understands Serbia’s position; joining some sanctions against Russia must be expected (RTS)


• German Chancellor Presses Serbia, Kosovo To Resume Normalization Talks (RFE)


• Kosovo leads growth forecasts as Western Balkans face new economic headwinds (emerging-europe.com)
• Kosovo Institutions’ Neglect Leaves Minority Girl’s Schooling in Limbo (Balkan Insight)
• Report on Novobrdo: Archeological material, illegally in Belgrade (Koha)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 5, 2022

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• Germany calls for agreement that serves peace and stability (media)
• Kurti: I expect Serbia to change its position on Kosovo (RTK)
• Meta: I applaud Scholz’s commitment to resume Berlin Process (media)
• Government spokesperson: Kurti will visit the U.S. this month (media)
• Varhelyi: Kosovo needs to progress with reforms (media)
• World Bank sees Kosovo’s 2022 economic growth at 3-4% (SeeNews)
• COVID-19: 3 new cases (media)

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