PRISTINA – Radicalization and participation of Kosovo Albanians in the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) poses a great concern to the US Department of State. Its officials have called for more attention and work on this issue, Gazeta Express reports.
Tom Yazdgerdi, a foreign service officer said that during his time in Kosovo as a Deputy Ambassador in 2009, he had not seen this level of expansion of extreme religious ideology. However, Yazdgerdi stated that legislation must be clear on how to proceed with these people.
He considers that economic problems, lack of perspective and other delays have increased the potential of young people to join the “Islamic State”. He is of the opinion that fighting foreign wars is a complex matter and it is not easy to find a solution. But, the Paris attacks were a wake up call.
Yazdgerdi also talked about the migration of Kosovo citizens towards western Europe at the end of last year and beginning of this year, EULEX mandate and the problem with independent judicial system.
“The number of Kosovars that have joined ISIS is a great concern. Kosovo has the largest number of fighters per capita in the region. I think it is a complex matter and needs to be attacked on many levels. Kosovo government has made a lot of progress, and adopted the necessary legislation to deal with this issue”, said Yazdgerdi.