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Monday, February 15, 1999 Published at 16:56 GMT

World: Africa

Namibia-Botswana border dispute before UN court

The International Court of Justice in the Hague has begun considering the disputed sovereignty of an island on the Chobe River between Botswana and Namibia.

The dispute over ownership of the tiny, uninhabited island known as Kasikili in Namibia and Sedudu in Botswana has created tension between the two countries since l992.

Botswanan forces occupied the island in l991, shortly after South Africa granted Namibia independence, and have held an outpost there ever since.

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