G OVERNMENT soldiers released last week by the Khmer Rouge were taken prisoner
after a stolen car deal went sour, according to Khieu Kannarith, Secretary of
State at the Ministry of Information.
He said: "These soldiers weren't
captured on the battlefield, they were attempting to make business with the KR
in stolen vehicles, after the arrangements fell through the KR took them
The International Committee for the Red Cross, handled the
release of the 14 soldiers and two Cambodian civilians and handed them over to
officials at Poipet.
A KR official in Phnom Penh, who declined to be
named, said: "We released the soldiers because our policy is to end the war."