International brief ~ Big Five agree to send Iran to Security Council D. Wes Rist at 4:36 AM ET
[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council [official website] have agreed to present the issue of Iran's nuclear enrichment program to the Council following a report by International Atomic Energy Agency [official website; materials on Iran] due to be released in March. The move stops just short of a formal referral to the Security Council, a move which Iranian leaders threatened would result in the country's production of enriched uranium [JURIST report]. The IAEA is scheduled to hold a special meeting [IAEA advisory] Thursday concerning Iran's plans for enriching uranium. The Security Council has the ability to impose mandatory sanctions on any nation deemed to be a threat to international peace and security. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Iran [JURIST news archive]. The Telegraph has more.
In other international news ...
King Gyanendra [official profile] of Nepal [government website] has published the annual report by the country's Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) [government website]. The agency is designed to examine political leadership and report on unacceptable abuses of position and power in the civil government. Under the Nepali Constitution [official text], the Parliament is tasked with publishing the report each year. Following the dismissal of elected government [JURIST report] by the King almost exactly one year ago, King Gyanendra published the report himself in the absence of a parliament. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Nepal [JURIST news archive]. NepalNews.com has local coverage.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [CIA backgrounder] and Sudan [government website] have reportedly signed a UN-sponsored agreement that will allow nearly 20,000 refugees from the neighboring countries to freely cross national borders and return home. The agreement gives 13,000 Sudanese citizens in the DRC and nearly 7,000 DRC citizens in Sudan the ability to return to their homes after fleeing violence and conflict. Some of the DRC citizens have been in Sudan since the 1960 DRC struggle for independence from Belgium. The deal has no impact on the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons who are still within their country's borders but have been forced out of their homes. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan [JURIST news archives]. The Sudan Tribune has local coverage.
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