Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Premier asks UN administration for temporary telephone code for Kosovo

Kosova Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi asked today UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] chief Soren Jessen-Petersen to allow the establishment of temporary telephony code for Kosova [Kosovo] and transformation of the Banking and Payment Authority (BPK) into a central bank with a right to emit securities.

Mimoza Kusari, spokesperson for the government, confirmed this request today after the regular meeting of the government.

She said that the temporary code ensures Kosova up to 300 million euros, namely half of this year's budget. According to Kusari, by being transformed into a central bank, the BPK would be allowed to emit securities.

As for the telephony code, Kusari said that UNMIK chief Jessen-Petersen did not reject the request and pledged to get "the go-ahead" of UN Office in New York.

"It has remained in the SRSG's [Special Representative of the Secretary General] hand to discuss it with UN senior officials in New York but according to Jessen-Petersen there is also a possibility to get a telephony interim code for Kosova until the final status is resolved," said Kusari

Due to the unresolved status, Kosova has neither its telephonic nor its bank code. It is currently using a temporarily mobile telephony code of Monaco and an old land line telephony code of Serbia, which cost millions of euros to Kosova.

Kusari said that the PM has also requested the SRSG Jessen-Petersen to sign into effect the Law on Census. According to her, the SRSG has promised to sign it after establishing of institutions.

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