West urges Kosovo to reverse decision to ban Serbian dinar

PRISTINA: Four European countries and the United States urged Kosovo on Sunday to suspend a decision banning Kosovo’s Serb minority from using the Serbian dinar, a move which could fuel ethnic tensions in the volatile north.
Kosovo’s official currency is the euro, but the majority of its 5 percent Serb community also uses the dinar as part of their refusal to recognize Kosovo’s statehood.
The Central Bank said early this month that all payments in Kosovo should be done only in euros, suggesting that the Serbian dinar will not be used from Feb. 1.

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