Participation of Kosovo citizens in Syria and Iraq conflicts is a cause for concern

Participation of Kosovo citizens in Syria and Iraq conflicts is a cause for concern

Pristina, 4 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Besides many political and economic problems, Kosovo is also facing the fact that many of its citizens are joining conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The recruitment of Albanians from Kosovo from terrorist organizations such as Islamic State or Al Nusra, has also continued in 2015 and this is a cause for concern.

This was pointed out during the second day of the “Germia Hill” forum being held in Pristina.

“Kosovo has the highest number of citizens who have joined terrorist group per number of population. Competent institutions have managed to identify those citizens who have joined these groups”, declared the minister of Interior of Kosovo, Skender Hyseni.

According to the minister of Interior, Hyseni, Kosovo continues to do its best in order to prevent the involvement of its citizens in war zones in Syria.

“Kosovo has done lots of efforts in addressing this issue. It has a strategy and it has started to implement it. Kosovo also has a law which addresses this issue and prevent the involvement of its citizens in foreign conflicts”, Hyseni said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa declared that Kosovo is interested on being a factor of stability in the region and Europe.

Mustafa has pledged that Kosovo will remain a leader in the region for its fight against extremism and terrorism. According to him, this phenomenon is being fought and there will be no tolerance for it in the future.

Meanwhile, authorities in Kosovo are investigating over 110 people for their involvement in terrorism.

State Prosecution says that  “31 people have been detained, 21 people have been placed on house arrest, 37 people have given an alternative sentence, while 22 people have been released relating to charges and suspicions for involvement in terrorist activities”.

According to the figures issued by the government of Kosovo and civil society, from 2012 until 2015, the number of Albanians from Kosovo who have joined terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq is around 300. Around 50 of them have been declared killed in the fights there. /ibna/