Kosovo: Violent radicalism is a consequence of weak government and economy

Kosovo: Violent radicalism is a consequence of weak government and economy

Pristina, 1 March 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The spreading of extremist ideas and ideologies in the Republic of Kosovo comes as a result of weak government and economy. As far as the prevention of violent extremism is concerned, Kosovo is not managing to find the necessary cooperation with the countries of the region.

This was the conclusion of the conference dubbed “Closure of the corridor for foreign combatants-Strengthening of cooperation Kosovo-Turkey”, hosted by Kosovo Center for Security Studies.

Expert of security affairs, Burim Ramadani, who was a panelist in this debate, said that Kosovo and its institutions must offer more contribution for the prevention of negative phenomena.

“The fragile state is enabling a suitable environment for the spreading of ideologies of extremism and this is not just a mere conclusion, as it is also stated by the Strategy for the Prevention of Violent Extremism and Radicalism. The strategy says that our stately problems have enabled several people to recruit others to accomplish their causes”, Ramadani said.

Meanwhile, Florian Qehaja of the Kosovo Center for Security Studies said that a larger contribution must be given by the Islamic Community of Kosovo for the prevention of violent extremism.

He said that as far as the prevention of violent extremism is concerned, Kosovo is not finding the necessary cooperation with the countries of the region.

“In spite of the will, this regional cooperation is not at the desired level. Kosovo’s offer to cooperate is not taken into account because regional cooperation is still seen from a political point of view. Kosovo has not yet managed to become part of several incentives of the regional security”, Qehaja said.

In an effort to prevent Albanians from Kosovo from going to Syria and Iraq, cooperation between Kosovo and Turkey must be more productive, Qehaja said among others.

Meanwhile, Jusuf Selman of the Center for Political Studies and editor at “Daily Sabah” in Turkey, said that all problems in the region, including violent radicalism, come as a result of the weak economies and social problems.

“These problems lead to the establishment of radical movements. They recruit young people who have economic difficulties and who seek a better life. This sort of situation that exists in Turkey, also exists in the Balkans”, Selman said.

“I believe that better cooperation is needed between Kosovo and Turkey, but also among other states of the Balkan. It would be a good thing if these people are offered a better life or hope”, he said. /ibna/