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Belgrade Media Report 27 July 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 27 July 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic and Orban: Serbia and Hungary will be supporting each other (Beta)
• Popovic: After constitutional change judicial laws up for changes, Venetian Commission to help (Beta)
• Petkovic discussed with Chinese Ambassador current situation in Kosovo and Metohija and the dialogue (Tanjug)
• Open Balkans members agree on free movement of basic foodstuffs (RTS/Beta)
• Talks in Tirana on increase of exports of Serbian products (Tanjug)
• Kamberi: Pristina did not decide on whether we will participate in census (Politika/Bujanovacke)
• Dacic convenes constitutional session of Serbian parliament (Tanjug/RTS)
• The British receive another license to dig up gold in Kosovo and Metohija (Politika)
• Djukanovic: Abazovic’s actions to be judged by voters, courts and history; logically, Montenegro should be first next EU member (Autonomija.info)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Tuesday’s protest of citizens in front of OHR ends around noon; New protest to take place on Wednesday (O Kanal/BHT1)
• Several parties submit separate declarations regarding possible imposing of changes of Law on Elections, HR Schmidt declines invitation to address FB&H HoR (BHT1)
• HNS holds session (Nova BH/BHT1/FTV)
• Dodik: B&H is a divided country; Sarovic was silent when international community and B&H CC made interventions regarding RS, now calls on OHR not to intervene (RTRS)
• SNSD Sarajevo: Monday’s protests show real image of relations in B&H (O Kanal)
• Washington stands behind Schmidt (VoA/Avaz)
• Schmidt meets UK Ambassador Reilly (Avaz)
• Plenkovic: Protest in Sarajevo and threats to HR Schmidt horrible and unacceptable (Nova BH/N1)
• Sanctions again all who undermine stability of B&H (Srna)
Montenegro
• Human Rights Action sent proposals for amendments to Fundamental Agreement to Djukanovic and Abazovic (CdM)
• Abazovic: Ambassador Weber contributed significantly to democracy promotion in Montenegro (gov.me)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Osmani interferes in the content of the referendum question (Republika)
• Geer: Becoming EU member depends on the speed with which reforms are implemented (TV Kanal 5)
• Zoran Popov’s nomination confirmed by parliamentary committee to be new Ambassador to US (Republika)
Albania
• Open Balkans/ Albania will supply Serbia and North Macedonia with coal, in return it will receive wheat, corn, oil (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 27, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, July 27 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Ambassador Hovenier welcomes Osmani’s and Kurt’s meeting with Blinken (RTK)
• Haradinaj demands mutual recognition of Kosovo-Serbia under US leadership (media)
• Analysts and politicians: Meeting with Blinken very positive (RTK)
• Government approves agreement with MCC (RTK)
• Serbs in the north threatened again by their compatriots (KosovaPress)
• Three deaths and 1,853 new cases of Covid-19 (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Flayers ‘No Surrender, KM Stays’ appeared this morning on vehicles in Mitrovica North (KoSSev)
• 25 persons requested victim status from Specialist Chambers, only one ready to testify publicly (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic with Chen Bo on Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, situation in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Vucic and Orban: Serbia and Hungary support each other in difficult times (SRNA, N1)
• Spanish Prime Minister to visit Serbia on 29 and 30 July (Blic)
• Odalovic: Kurti blocked work of working group that resolved more than 1.800 missing persons cases (RTV)
• “Kosovo Serbs will speak about their problems with Kurti in September” (Radio KIM)
• Elek: Deterioration of epidemiological situation in northern Serbian areas (Radio Mitrovica Sever)
• Covid-19: 21 new cases registered in Gracanica (Kosovo Online)

International:

• Albanian Ex-President Meta’s Comeback Greeted with Scepticism (Balkan Insight)
• Crashed Plane was Flying Arms for Polish-Owned Bosnian Company (Balkan Insight)
• North Macedonia Proposes Jail Terms for Media Freedom Violations (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania creating mutual assistance mechanisms (BETA, N1)
• Nedimovic: Serbia to again export food to Saudi Arabia (BETA, N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, July 27, 2022

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• President Osmani, PM Kurti meet US Secretary of State Blinken (media)
• Johnson: U.S. believes Kosovo’s future is in Europe and NATO (KTV)
• Specialist Chambers continue detention of Kadri Veseli (media)
• Kosovo to apply for EU membership by end of 2022 (Euractiv)
• Surroi asks for support to his candidacy at RCC (Express)
• Social media fuels distrust in institutions across EU, report finds (Exit News)
• Cyberattacks big threat to Western Balkans, US expert says (Exit News)
• North Macedonia proposes jail terms for media freedom violations (BIRN)

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