UNITED NATIONS — The latest on the high-level U.N. General Assembly meetings (all times local):
Kosovo’s foreign minister says that other nations have exported violent extremism to his country, which has seen a greater percentage of its citizens fight for the Islamic State group than any nation in Europe.
Authorities say that about 70 citizens of Muslim-majority Kosovo are believed to be active fighters in Syria and Iraq.
Enver Hoxhaj tells The Associated Press that “radicalization of young people in the Balkans has been exported from different NGOs and clerics” from the Mideast.
Last year the government passed a law that could see Kosovo citizens participating in armed conflicts outside the country being sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Kosovo government also said that draft measures against terror funding and money laundering have been given the go-ahead to go to Parliament for approval.
Bahrain’s foreign minister says anti-terror measures that do not respect the U.N. Charter are bound to fail.
Speaking before the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa cited the U.S. Justice Against the Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would allow U.S. courts to hear cases against a foreign state over acts of international terrorism and other crimes.
He warns: “It constitutes a dangerous precedent in relations between nations, and a threat to the stability of the international system, which in turn adversely affects international efforts to combat terrorism..
President Barack Obama rejected the measure on Friday that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, arguing it undermined national security and setting up the possibility Congress may override his veto for the first time in his presidency.
India’s foreign minister says Pakistan continues to believe terrorist attacks will allow it to obtain territory it covets in Jammu and Kashmir.
In her speech before the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, Sushma Swaraj also rebutted accusations made by Pakistan’s prime minister from the same podium last week charging that India violates human rights, calling them “baseless.”
Swaraj says India has a man in custody “whose confession is a living proof of Pakistan’s complicity in cross-border terror. But when confronted with such evidence, Pakistan remains in denial.”
She adds that Pakistan ” persists in the belief that such attacks will enable it to obtain the territory it covets.”