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LILONGWE (AFP) — Southern African neighbours Malawi and Zambia are seeking four million dollars from donors to demarcate 400 kilometres (250 miles) of their common border, a senior Malawian official said Wednesday.

“We are jointly looking for four million dollars from donors,” Daniel Gondwe, Malawi’s government surveyor general, told AFP.

The lack of physical markings on the ground had led to people living on the border to “unknowingly extend developments on land that is not in their country.”

“The two governments have already put resources to kick start the initial work using local resources,” Gondwe said.

The international boundary between the two countries stretches some 804 kilometers (500 miles) and was agreed by colonialists at the Berlin Conference in 1885.

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