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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 16, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 16, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Bislimi: CoE bid was submitted in coordination with Kosovo’s partners (media)
• Gervalla to attend EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels (media)
• Defence Minister Mehaj travels on official visit to Turkey (media)
• Albanian Ambassador: We support any initiative between Kosovo and Serbia (EO)
• Kosovo introduces additional sanctions on Russia (media)
• Ukshin Hoti’s son: Serbia not willing to help resolve his fate (Klan Kosova)
• Kusari-Lila: Members of election reform team will be appointed soon (media)
• The government of Kosovo sanctions two terrorist groups ISIL and Al-Qaeda (ekonomia)
• Kosovo’s application to CoE, Abraham calls on Italy to put it on the agenda of May 20 (media)
• PDK and AAK invite LVV to vote on the Draft Law on the Pension Fund (media)
• COVID-19: 7 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian FM to EU Commissioner: Region needs encouragement (N1)
• Vucic: We will refrain from imposing sanctions on Russia as long as possible (N1)
• Petkovic on Belgrade-Pristina talks in Brussels on Friday (RTS, Kosovo-online)
• G7: Belgrade and Pristina to engage in dialogue, implement reached agreements without delay (Kosovo-online)
• Serbian officials on G7 statement, find reference to territorial integrity ‘hypocritical’ (media)
• Medvedev: Do not forget Kosovo precedent (Kosovo-online)
• Dacic: Number of derecognitions of Kosovo to grow (Tanjug)
• Bomb threats force evacuation of dozens of schools, public building and airport in Serbia (N1)
• Nova.rs: Belgrade won’t impose sanctions on Russia
• French Ambassador to Belgrade on Pristina’s CoE membership bid (KoSSev)
• Vucic arrives in UAE to pay tribute to late president (Tanjug)


• Scoop: U.S. to deny entry to some Afghans in Kosovo (AXIOS)
• Turkey ‘not Positive’ About Finland, Sweden Joining NATO – Erdogan (Balkan Insight)


• Switzerland to Invest 86 Million Euros in Kosovo Over Next Four Years (BIRN)
• Kosovo Music Festival’s Long Land Lease Draws Complaints (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 May 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 16 May 2022


• Vucic: I won’t give territorial integrity of Serbia at any cost, period (TV Prva/B92)
• Dacic: Number of derecognitions of so-called Kosovo to grow (Tanjug)
• Petkovic: Pristina’s CoE membership bid burden on dialogue (Tanjug)
• Petkovic expects more states to withdraw Kosovo recognition (RTS)
• Lajcak: No agreement on license plates (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Region needs encouragement (N1)
• G7 ministers urge Serbia to harmonize its foreign policy with the EU (Beta/Politika)
• Djilas: Serbia can’t choose whether to impose sanctions against Russia (Beta)
• State Department: Kosovo, Serbia are sovereign states that determine their own priorities alone (VoA/Beta)
• West fears “second frontline” in Balkans (Politika)
• They took away Kosovo from us, yet they want us to respect Ukrainian borders (Novosti)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H CEC: Deadline for ensuring funds for general elections expires on 19 May (AJB/N1)
• Dodik says he is against postponement of general elections (O Kanal)
• Izetbegovic: We are too far away from agreement regarding Law on Elections (Faktor.ba)
• PDP Main Board endorses candidacy of Trivic for post of RS President (BHT1)
• Kristo: HNS will participate in election because we can fight for rights of Croats only through institutions (Dnevni list)
• Kovacevic: SNSD is not afraid of CEC prohibition, we are ready to win elections; Strika: RS could implement elections on its own (ATV)
• Ljubic: Third entity does not violate principles of DPA (Dnevni list)
• Members of Croat People’s Assembly announces realization of HNS conclusions on territorial reorganization; Reactions (FTV)
• Izetbegovic: Croats already have more power that guaranteed by Constitution, territorial reorganization is not possible (Hayat)
• G7 Foreign Ministers: We will not tolerate secessionist policy of RS, which endangers future of B&H and stability in the region (Dnevni avaz)
• HR Schmidt sends letter to USC authorities, calling for revision of laws related to state and public property (N1)
• Croatian President accuses Finland of ignoring Croatia’s interests (HRT1)
• President pushes for veto on NATO expansion (HRT)
• Grlic Radman asks for additional US engagement regarding B&H Election Reform (Hina)
• Abazovic: I’m ready to sign Fundamental agreement with SPC; Open Balkans in line with Berlin process (DW/Nova S)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Nikoloski: Today VMRO will announce its next, tougher steps (Sitel TV)
• Macedonia and Bulgaria call off planned joint meeting of the two governments (Republika)
• Berlin Ministerial, Xhacka: NATO should open its doors to the Western Balkans and Kosovo! (Radio Tirana)
• Berisha attacks Open Balkans initiative (ADN)
• Mike Pompeo comes to Tirana on the 100th anniversary of Albania-US diplomatic relations (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 16, 2022

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• Kurti: Kosovo’s NATO membership would diminish security threats in the Balkans (media)
• Xhacka: NATO should open its doors to Kosovo (media)
• No agreement reached at Friday’s meeting of chief negotiators (media)
• Bislimi: Kosovo remains constructive and committed to dialogue (media)
• Kosovo Foreign Minister Responds to Serbia’s Derecognition Claims (Exit)
• Kusari-Lila on dialogue: Moving forward at all costs is not an alternative (EO)
• Kosovo to set up special agency to assess external pressure on security (Koha)
• Kosovo concludes negotiations with MCC, Haradinaj takes credit (media)
• COVID-19: 16 new cases (media)

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