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Belgrade Media Report 21 September 2022

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 21 September 2022

• Vucic: Another note on the derecognition of Kosovo; difficult decisions ahead of us (B92)
• Brnabic: Pressure on Vucic and Serbia never greater (TV Pink)
• Vucic at the UN: Numerous meetings with world leaders (B92)
• Another dynamic day of Serbian diplomacy in New York (RTS)
• Vucic at the lunch organized by Borrell for the leaders of the Western Balkans (RTS)
• Serbia again fails to align with EU measures over Ukraine (Beta)
• The new summit of the leaders of the EU and the Western Balkans in December, for the first time in one of the countries of the region (RTS)
• Piperni: KFOR is ready to intervene if the situation in Kosovo worsens (RTS)
• Putin: I talk to Vucic on a regular basis (FoNet)
• Belgrade hosts regional conference on labor trafficking (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Moscow: Dodik meets Russian President; Dodik says energy issues were in focus of the meeting; Putin wishes Dodik success in upcoming elections in B&H (ATV)
• Dodik on meeting with Putin: If there is no agreement on Russian investments, I will not be prepared to support projects in other part of B&H; I informed Putin that there is no reason not to support continuation of EUFOR mission ‘Althea’ (RTRS)
• Viskovic claims Dodik’s latest visit to Moscow will bring economic and political benefits to RS (EuroBlic)
• UN General Assembly session begins on Tuesday; Erdogan talks about stability in Western Balkans; Dzaferovic meets with Trudeau and Scholz (FTV)
• HR Schmidt: Those who think that they can influence the voting and manipulate the results, will deal with state prosecutors and with me (Dnevni avaz)
• Komsic: Citizens expressed their will in protests outside OHR, DF is greatly responsible for stopping electoral reform based on ethnic principle (Dnevni avaz)
• Croatia reportedly wants Hungary-EU dispute to be settled through agreement (Hina)
• Parliamentary committee votes to open public debate on changes to constitution (HRT)
• President refuses to appoint new PM Designate, proposes holding of new parliamentary elections (RTCG)
• Strong opposition to the announcement of new elections (CDM)
• Former Montenegrin Prime Minister Forms Party (CDM)
• Abazovic: EU integration is not an issue of one government, but a process that must be the focus of the entire society (CDM)
• Abazovic at a working lunch with Borrell, Lajcak and the leaders of the Western Balkans (CDM)
• Krivokapic at a briefing with Stoltenberg (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Osmani – Kasoulides meeting in New York (Libertas)
• Lajcak meets Rama in New York: We discussed the situation in the Western Balkans (Radio Tirana)
• Borrell pledged support to Balkan leaders in the energy challenge, cyber security, war consequences (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 21, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, September 21, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti on the strike: We’ve made many steps, but the blackmail doesn’t stop (Koha)
• Jasharaj: I’m ready to take part in meeting between Flocken and Kurti (Kosovapress)
• Kurti on “new framework”: No author; it was published to test the pulse (Express)
• U.S.: We support dialogue based on mutual recognition (Koha)
• “No EU membership without mutual recognition; Kosovo to initiate Association” (Koha)
• Osmani: Kosovo’s unwavering commitment to prevent violent extremism (media)
• State Department Counselor: Good meeting with President Osmani (Lajmi)
• Lajcak meets Escobar in New York: Grateful for excellent cooperation (media)
• German MP: Visa liberalisation for Kosovo in the final phase (Kallxo)
• Three ministry officials among arrested in latest raids in “Brezovica Operation” (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic met Guterres on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (Politika, Tanjug)
• Vucic: Important decisions coming soon (N1, RTS)
• Serbian President’s meetings yesterday with world officials on the sidelines of the 77th UNGA session (Politika)
• On second day in New York, Selakovic held 27 bilateral meetings with foreign ministers (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic on his meeting with Lajcak (Kosovo Online)
• Brnabic: Pressure on Vucic and Serbia never greater (N1)
• People’s Party (NS) asking Vucic to urgently send letters to Putin and Xi Jinping on Kosovo (Danas)
• Which EU country will be the first to change its position on the independence of Kosovo (Danas)
• Trendafilova: Trial of Thaci to start soon (Radio KIM)
• Kurti: Decision on land in Brnjak and Jasenovik in accordance with the law (Kosovo Online, euronews.rs)


• The government vs the teachers’ union (Kosovo 2.0)


• Kosovo War Crime Court President Suggests KLA Leaders’ Trial is Near (BIRN)
• Chopping Down the Future: Heating Crisis Worsens Illegal Logging in Balkans (BIRN)
• Guterres calls for ‘coalition of the world’ to overcome divisions, provide hope in place of turmoil (news.un.org)
• Serbia’s Vucic Announces New Political ‘Movement’ Within Six Months (Balkan Insight)
• Commission OKs plant acquisition by Serbian Gazprom-owned oil company (euractive.com)
• Russian Flights Tickets to Serbia, Turkey, Sell Out After Mobilization (Balkan Insight)


• On International Day of Peace UNMIK recalls “Howdy Neighbor” series (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, September 21, 2022

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• Kurti: With help from U.S. and EU, we can reach agreement with Serbia (CNN)
• Borrell hosts meeting with leaders of Western Balkans (media)
• Osmani in NY calls for urgency in finalising visa liberalisation (media)
• Osmani meets Chollet and Escobar in New York (media)
• Lajcak meets Vucic and Rama in New York (media)
• Denmark: Agreement with Kosovo on prison cells is in force (RFE)
• In 20 days, five vehicles converted their plates to RKS (Koha Ditore)
• Deadline for converting license plates extended to October 31 (media)
• Union leader: Strike in education continues (Klan Kosova)
• LDK senior member says they will win new elections (Kanal 10)
• Specialist Chambers President cancels visit to Kosovo (media)
• Several arrests in Prishtina in relation to Brezovica case (Indeksonline)

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