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Lajçak warns of other meetings: Many questions about the CBK regulation remain unanswered

2024-02-27 16:33:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Lajçak warns of other meetings: Many questions about the CBK regulation

The envoy of the European Union for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajçak, said that the talks on the regulation of the Central Bank of Kosovo (CBK), which prohibits the use of the Serbian dinar in Kosovo, were "an important first step", but that " many political questions" still remain unanswered.

With his mediation, representatives of Kosovo and Serbia met on Tuesday in Brussels.

"Additional meetings will be necessary," Lajcak said in a post on the X platform.

He did not clarify whether the parties had any agreement.

The governor of CBK, Ahmet Ismaili, who led the Kosovo delegation, said that the regulation was not discussed, but the possibilities it offers for the transfer of funds from other countries to Kosovo.

"There is nothing else and we have not accepted other discussions. The regulation is in force and will not be changed. Its implementation is not under discussion," Ismaili told Radio Free Europe.

The Serbian delegation was led by chief negotiator Petar Petkovic, who said that the CBK regulation requires a solution at the political level.

"The consequences of such a unilateral decision [of Kosovo] are political and affect the survival of the Serbian people in Kosovo," he said after the meeting.

The CBK regulation, which entered into force on February 1, defines the euro as the only currency that can be used for ready payments in Kosovo.

It prompted angry reactions from official Belgrade, which financially supports the Serbian community in Kosovo.

The international community also expressed concerns about its impact on the lives of Serbian citizens.

Western diplomats asked the Government of Kosovo to suspend the implementation of the CBK regulation, to give time to the affected citizens to adapt to the new practice./ REL

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