(AP)-Khmer Rouge guerrillas in central Cambodia are holding eight Vietnamese-four
men the Khmer Rouge suspected of being soldiers as well as four women and children-U.N.
spokesman Eric Berman said Oct. 8.
They were captured just north of the Tonle Sap lake in Kompong Thom province on Oct.
The commander of the guerrilla group had contacted Indonesian forces with the U.N.
peacekeeping mission to say that the captives would be well treated, the officials
The commander said he would await orders from Khmer Rouge headquarters as to whether
the eight should be released.
Berman said the United Nations was concerned that the captives be returned safely.
The Khmer Rouge claims that Vietnam still has troops in Cambodia, and cites this
as one reason for not complying with the Paris peace accords.
"We are not involved in this," said Khmer Rouge spokesman Mak Ben. "This
is a slanderous accusation."
At least two recent massacres of Vietnamese families in Cambodia have been blamed
on the Khmer Rouge.