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Kyrgyzstan: Crime Reported Down

Bishkek, 29 September 1997 (RFE/RL) -- A Kyrgyzstan government meeting has heard a report that the number of crimes in the country this year fell by more than 40 percent compared with the same period last year.

The government press service says Interior Minister General Omurbek Kutuyev gave this figure at the meeting in the capital Bishkek last week. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Apas Joumagulov.

The heads of a number of local administrations, including that of Bishkek, also told the meeting that the situation was improving in their areas. The reasons for the general steep decline in crime was not reported.