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Hostages said to be in Anglong Veng

Hostages said to be in Anglong Veng

T HE Thai and Laotian governments could help free British deminer Christopher Howes,

36 and interpreter Houn Hourth, 30, who were kidnapped on March 26, according to

Siem Reap second deputy governor Hem Bun Heng.

Authorities in the northwest "were still trying to investigate but it is very

difficult for us as the hostages are now in the Khmer Rouge base of Anglong Veng,

far from Siem Reap," Bun Heng said.

He asked the British Embassy to contact Thailand and Laos "as now [the hostages]

are in an area we can't really reach."

The Cambodia Daily recently reported a Siem Reap governor saying that the search

for Howes and Hourth had been called off, however Mines Advisory Group representative

Archie McCarron said as far as he was aware the status of the search was still on-going.

Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan meanwhile responded to a facsimile from King Sihanouk

appealing for the release of the two men, saying that the rebels had nothing to do

with their abduction.

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