About a thousand people from the Western Balkans went to war in Syria and Iraq, and close cooperation among the countries of the region is needed to neutralize the threat in the event of the return of radical Islamists to their homeland, the regional security conference in Brdo said today.

The Secretary General of the Council for Regional Cooperation, Goran Svilanovic, said that among the factors that promote the spread of extremist ideas are economic and social problems, as well as propaganda.

He cited data: from 2012 to 2017, 5,000 residents of European countries and 1,000 people from the Balkan region left to the Middle East. There were 200 of them.

“Terrorism is a common problem for all states, and it needs to be recognized and defeated,” Svilanovic stressed.

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