Turkey has reacted with force and kidnapping, to an organisation of migrant cleric Fethullah Gulen, not only within its territory, but also in the Balkans, without excluding Kosovo.
Turkish authorities have raised concerns about the safety of institutions that have opened in Kosovo, mainly in cultural centers.
In an official communication of the Turkish Embassy in Pristina with Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry, Turkish authorities “have warned of possible attacks” by alleged “terrorist organization Fethullah Gulen on Turkish Cultural Center” Yunus Emre “in Kosovo”.
Based on the letter, which was first Radio Free Europe, dated 23 July, the Turkish Embassy “asks the authorities in Kosovo to take additional security measures surrounding buildings Cultural Centre” Yunus Emre “in order to protect them in Pristina, Prizren and Peja “.
Turkish Cultural Center “Yunus Emre” opened in Kosovo nearly 5 years ago, and spread initially in Pristina, Prizren, and later in Peja, with programs in the field of culture and education, especially through courses teaching the Turkish language. The main supporter of these centers is the Consulate General of Turkey in Prizren, it said that finances them.
After the coup failed in Turkey, authorities in Ankara to try to prove the involvement of the cleric exiled Fethullah Gulen activities coup, they rushed to seek concrete actions to countries in the Balkans to the organizations that he had opened in this region.
The demand Embassy Turkish preventive measures in defense of Cultural Centers of the actions, it said, terrorist security mechanisms in Kosovo, is rated “unfounded”.
Officials of the Kosovo Police told Radio Free Europe that there is no sign for “terrorist actions inside the territory of Kosovo”, but added that security measures in time of global threats of possible terrorist attacks, are a necessary part of the ensure the safety of citizens.
“So far there is no indication that there is any potential risk in the country, while Kosovo police is more vigilant and committed to ensuring the overall safety and freedom of movement, given that even in this time saving the flow of people and vehicle is greater, especially when a large number of our countrymen coming back home for the holidays. ”
“In accordance with the need for additional capacity, KP officials also engages sufficient security management and guarantee freedom of movement,” he told Radio Free Europe, Baki Kelani, Kosovo police spokesman.
Turkey was present in Kosovo since the war with expansion mainly in the field of education. Opening of schools financed by Turkey started in 2003 and most of them are part of the NGO, Gylistan, unlike the Gulen Movement.
Funded schools are lying in the municipalities of Lipljan, Prizren, Gjakova and Marigona neighborhood near Pristina and that all states that operate within the school “Mehmet Akif”.
But connoisseur in Kosovo say that a part of the Turkish-based organizations to support the government “were involved in Kosovo in recruiting fighters ISIS and opposition factions in Syria”.
Naim Rashiti Group for the Balkans told Radio Free Europe that the clashes between the authorities in Turkey and power Gülen, there are no signs that can “move in Kosovo” and, according to him, on the contrary, “they are staged.”
” all this perhaps is the battle for influence or stretch rather than undoing the power of Erdogan will influence Gülen in Turkey and abroad, “says Rashiti.
Turkey is known as one of the first countries to recognize Kosovo declaration of independence in February 2008, and one of the countries that has spread its influence in the new state. Kosovo authorities gave management the only international airport a mixed Turkish company – and also the French energy company in the country.
A Turkish consortium – the US took over the construction of two highways in the country in nearly two billion euro projects. Turkish investments in education they spread the culture and especially in the field of religion, the reconstruction and construction of mosques in the country.
Based on the statements of Turkish officials, agencies that help in the development of various projects, Turkey has well over 500 other projects realised since the war to date, and some of them continue to reality./REL
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