Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 49

Kyrgyzstan´sState Security Committee is "deeply alarmed by the offensive"of Islam in the country´s south, the agency´s deputyhead Miroslav Niazov told a news conference in Bishkek July 10.He alleged that more than 1,000 mosques are functioning in theOsh region and that many Muslim "propagandists" havecriminal records. The agency favors restoring the Soviet-era StateCommittee on Religious Affairs to supervise the clergy and monitorreligious activities, Interfax cited Niazov as saying.

Economic Cooperation Organization Sets Up Shipping Line.