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March 4 - Several key nations on the U.N. Security Council are hesitant to approve a sanctions resolution for Iran because it could sever important diplomatic and military ties between Middle Eastern countries. Lebanon is unwilling to impose sanctions because Iran offered armed force protection to the powerful Hezbollah faction of the Lebanese government. Turkish officials are concerned a sanction could endanger their nation's role as a mediator between nations of the Middle East. Russia's ambassador claims Iran's lack of cooperation with previous nuclear negotiations makes further dialogue futile, but European nations and the U.S. hope to reach an agreement before early May. At this time, the U.N. will host a conference concerning the use of nuclear weapons as a part of the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty. Debate on Iran at that time could stall progress at the conference, according to a senior diplomat.
March 11 - The Chinese government has increased military and police presence in the western province of Tibet to discourage protests that mark the anniversary of ethnic rebellions. The crackdown includes the deployment of 2,800 security personnel around the city and thousands of investigations of both individuals and businesses for potential criminal activity. The government's stringent security forces are a response to a March 2008 Tibetan uprising, which began as a protest held to recognize the anniversary of an unsuccessful rebellion against Chinese rule in 1959. Ever since, the Chinese government has patrolled the Tibetan plateau during March.
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