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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 18, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 18, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Gucati, Haradinaj sentenced to four and a half years in prison each (media)
• Djukanovic: Montenegro, Kosovo have excellent neighbourly relations (media)
• In Washington D.C., Kurti meets National Security Advisor, Sullivan (media)
• Prime Minister Kurti met in Washington DC Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (media)
• Hodges: U.S., EU must have clear strategy for Kosovo (Radio Free Europe)
• COVID-19: 16 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic meets SOC Patriarch (RTS)
• Kosovo not on Friday’s agenda of CoE (Radio KIM)
• US Ambassador: Open Balkan could activate region’s economic potential (N1)
• Heads of Serbian, North Macedonia churches to serve reconciliation liturgy (N1)
• Czech EU Presidency to focus on Western Balkans (N1)
• Brnabic: UN SC resolution does not apply only in Serbia’s case (Tanjug, media)
• Vucic receives Letter of Credence from new Ukrainian ambassador (RTS)
• Montenegrin Liberal Party (CLS) and Association of Kosovo Montenegrins on Djukanovic’s visit to Kosovo (KoSSev, Kontakt plus radio)
• Hovenier: Mitrovica is one of the best manifestations of Kosovo’s future (Kosovo Online)
• Mihajlovic on verdicts to Gucati and Haradinaj (N1)
• More bomb threats, schools evacuated in Belgrade and Nis (N1)
• Petkovic met Hill: Pristina to give up obstruction; formation of Community of Serbian Municipalities necessary (Kosovo Online)


• Mixed messages from Belgrade: Is the EU narrative shifting? (EWB)


• Kosovo veterans jailed for war crimes witness intimidation (RFI)
• WB2EU conference on the politics of enlargement in France in Paris on 19 and 20 May (EWB)


• Reactions to reports that non-majority children were excluded from book event (media)
• Ghost schools, ghetto schools and segregated shifts (Kosovo 2.0)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 May 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 18 May 2022


• Vucic: Pressure on Serbia over Kosovo and Metohija extremely high (Tanjug/RTS/RTV/B92)
• Brnabic: UN SC resolution does not apply only in Serbia’s case (Tanjug/RTS)
• Growing interest of French companies in investing in Serbia (Tanjug/Politika)
• Hill, Amcham President: Washington will continue to support Serbia in improving business environment (Beta)
• Vucic receives credentials from newly appointed Ambassador of Ukraine (Tanjug/RTS)
• Cadez welcomes Abazovic’s statement on Open Balkans (Tanjug/Politika)
• Mihajlovic: Talks on gas supplies underway with Russia (Tanjug)
• Djilas expects regime change after new Belgrade elections (Nova/Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik demands Dzaferovic’s resignation accusing him of presenting personal stances at international events (ATV)
• Dzaferovic denies Dodik’s statement regarding sanctions to Russia: B&H joined EU statement on sanctions (Oslobodjenje)
• RS ruling authorities claim B&H did not introduce sanctions against Russia; Russian Embassy to B&H says B&H is not on list of enemy countries (RTRS)
• Viskovic says RS is leader in European integration in B&H, expresses support to Open Balkans (Serb Diaspora TV/Glas Srpske)
• B&H CoM fails to approve allocation of funds for General Elections/Reactions (BHT1)
• HDZ B&H and other parties reply affirmatively to Milanovic’s inquiry whether he should resume with his activities related to B&H (FTV)
• Plenkovic: It’s unacceptable for the “Moscow Man” in the president’s office to incite for a month (HRT1)
• Croatian FM: Nobody is bypassing Croatia, they unfortunately bypass its President (RTL TV)
• McAllister: Plenkovic takes piece of paper, draws a map and explains problem in B&H in 10-15 minutes (Vecernji list)
• Covic rejects claims of Voice of America that he is pro-Russian player (Vecernji list)
• Djukanovic on the Open Balkans initiative: We need EU membership rather than an alternative (CdM)
• Omeragic: We are against the Open Balkans (CdM)
• Michel with Abazovic: Montenegro has shown that it is with the EU when imposing sanctions on Russia (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Silence is not an option, VMRO-DPMNE says as the party announces a large protest on 18 June (Republika)
• Borrell: Membership negotiations with Albania and NM should be opened during the French presidency (Radio Tirana)
• Pompeo: Goodwill is needed from every political spectrum to defend democracy (Radio Tirana)
• Meta receives on an official meeting with Ambassador of Bulgaria Raytchevski (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 18, 2022

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• President Osmani meets representatives of Quint countries (media)
• President of Montenegro, Djukanovic, to begin a two-day visit to Kosovo (media)
• Upholding Constitutional Court decisions, crucial for CoE membership, experts say (Koha)
• Swiss ambassador on Kosovo-Serbia agreement: Courage needed (Kosovapress)
• KSC trial panel to announce verdict on Gucati and Haradinaj today (media)
• Krasniqi: This depressive government has created an alternative to good governance (Klan)
• U.S. Embassy commends Kosovo’s sanctions against Russia (media)
• Kosovo and Turkey sign agreement for supply with products for defense services (media)
• Minister condemns non-majority children being excluded from book event (media)
• Website Presents Better Side of Serbian-Albanian Relations (BIRN)
• Government of Kosovo marks International Day against Homophobia (media)
• COVID-19: Four new cases (media)

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