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Saturday, April 17, 1999 Published at 20:31 GMT 21:31 UK

World: Africa

Botswana ivory auction

Botswana has auctioned its stocks of elephant ivory -- the last of three southern African countries to do under a relaxation of the international ban imposed ten years ago.

A representative of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Jimmy Armstrong said the proceeds from the sale in Botswana were greater than in the auctions in Namibia and Zimbabwe earlier this month.

The ban on ivory sales was relaxed eighteen months ago, under the condition that proceeds are invested in elephant conservation programmes.

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