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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 3, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, August 3, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo Interior Minister Svecla’s interview with RTK
• Serb civil society calls for peaceful solution to crisis in the north (media)
• Bundestag defence committee to discuss situation in Kosovo today (DW)
• Latvian Defence Minister: Tensions in Kosovo initiated by Serbia and Russia (Zeri)
• Serwer: Kosovo acted rightfully, the ball is now with Serbia on September 1 (Nacionale)
• CDHRF: Any backing down from reciprocity will damage Kosovo (media)
• Working group formed for bureau for verification and confiscation of wealth bill (media)
• Two deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Kosovo (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Media: Residents in northern Kosovo report mistreatment by special police units
• Petkovic: Serb arrested in Rudare released (KoSSev)
• Drecun on Kurti and violence against Serbs (RTV, Tanjug)
• Serbian Orthodox Church and Montenegro sign Fundamental Agreement (N1, BETA)
• Kisnica: Name is Serbian covered with black paint, “KLA” board set up (Radio KIM)
• Serbian List reacts to Svecla’s statements (Kosovo Online)


• Op-ed by Veton Surroi: We, the residents of Mitrovica North (Koha)
• Operation Storm Anniversary Highlights Croatia and Serbia’s Bitter Mistrust (BIRN)


• Kosovo War-Era General Elected as Serbian Parliament Official (BIRN)
• Montenegro Govt Faces No-confidence Vote Over Church Deal (Balkan Insight)


• Radio Gorazdevac on fake news: “How did another armed conflict in Kosovo break out on TV Pink?”

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Belgrade Media Report 3 August 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 3 August 2022


• Vucic: Worst case scenario was barely avoided two days ago in Kosovo and Metohija, we were one step away from a catastrophe (RTS)
• Vulin: Peace in B&H is not Izetbegovic’s decision, but it is the decision of Serbia and the RS (Novosti)
• Petkovic: Pristina’s police have hijacked ambulance, driver kidnapped (Tanjug/RTS)
• Petkovic: Driver of the ambulance Spahic released (Tanjug/RTS)
• Botsan-Kharchenko says EU, US are behind Belgrade-Pristina conflict (Beta/ Solovyov Live)
• Serbia cherishes spirit of friendship with North Macedonia (Tanjug/RTS)
• Parliament speaker, seven deputy speakers elected (N1/Beta)
• Traffic at Jarinje, Brnjak and Merdare administrative crossings functioning smoothly (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik criticizes Izetbegovic’s statement about Serbia and Russia (RTRS)
• Novakovic Bursac: Izetbegovic’s inflammatory statements are in function of the desired Unitarian Islamist state (ATV)
• Stevandic: Izetbegovic is man of war who advocates conflicts (RTRS)
• Nesic: Izetbegovic, leave Serbia and Russia alone, deal with Bosniak people (RTRS)
• Vukovic: Izetbegovic is cancer of the Balkans; Other politicians from RS opposition comment on Izetbegovic’s statement (RTRS)
• Russian Embassy: Russia brings peace and even short-sighted politicians should realize that (RTRS)
• US Embassy says it will not take part in new talks on changes to Election Law (Patria/Dnevni list)
• Novakovic Bursac: There is no intention to improve election process but to complicate things and to discipline a certain political corps led by SNSD as well as some Croat parties in the FB&H (ATV)
• Abazovic and Porfirije secretly signed the Agreement between Montenegro and the SPC (CdM)
• DPS to launch motion of no confidence in government today: Agreement with SPC to be suspended immediately after new government election (CdM)
• Kovac: We will not change the Fundamental Agreement, it will be signed in the first half of August (RTCG)
• Bastijancic: Djukanovic made a new decision – elections in 13 municipalities and Podgorica on 23 October (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• North Macedonian state and church delegation visits Prohor Pcinjski monastery (MIA)
• Tirana praises Pristina ‘maturity’ in latest Serbia ‘provocation’ (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, August 3, 2022

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• Osmani: Preparations by Serbia to escalate Western Balkans and Kosovo (BBC)
• Kurti: Russia is helping Serbia to destabilize the Balkans (RTK)
• Kurti-Vucic meeting on August 18? (RTK)
• Vucic: I will go to Brussels; I expect nothing from the meeting (media)
• “Moderation is needed, Pristina is doing well by postponing measures” (RTK)
• Kosovo Police issues statement rebutting reports in Serbian media (media)
• Police stops vehicle in the north suspected of smuggling medicaments (media)
• A Dispute Over License Plates Is a Reminder of Deep, Ongoing Kosovo-Serbia Tensions (Time)
• Kosovo: Why is trouble flaring between Serbs and Albanian-led government? (BBC)
• How to stop Serbia spat from spiraling out of control (atlanticcouncil.org)
• How pro-Russian and Russian Telegram channels spread misinformation about Kosovo (The Geopost)
• Hoxhaj: September will shift talks to dialogue on mutual recognition (Nacionale)
• Kosovo Issues Emergency Energy Measures Ahead of Winter (Prishtina Insight)

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