- 1991 - 1999 (Creation)
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Series contains correspondences between UNIKOM and Iraq, Kuwait, and to a lesser extent, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The principal liaising organ in Iraq was the Coordinating Committee with the United Nations Observer Group (CC), also known as the Higher Committee for Coordination of the Republic of Iraq. UNIKOM also regularly corresponded with Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Senior Iraqi Liaison Officer (SILO), the latter stationed in Umm Qasr. In Kuwait, UNIKOM liaised chiefly with the Ministry of Interior International Organizations Liaison Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of International Organizations. Outgoing letters chiefly signed by UNIKOM Chief Military Officer / Force Commander (CMO / FC); others from Deputy Chief Military Officer (DCMO)/Chief of Staff (COS) or Chief Operations Officer (COO). Letters to/from Iraq transmitted via Liaison Office-Baghdad; those sent to/from Kuwait transmitted via Liaison Office-Kuwait (Kuwait City). Subjects covered include: alleged violations of the cease-fire agreement, border crossings, general maintenance issues (construction, post, telephone, electricity, water, radio), demarcation of maritime boundary, oil-for-food programme, mine clearance, smuggling allegations, UNIKOM safety and security, press visits to the DMZ, recovery of property, use of photography in the DMZ, visas, detained foreign nationals, missing persons, and induction of Bangladeshi infantry battalion (BANBAT). Letters grouped by corresponding authority (Iraq, GCC, and Kuwait, in this order), and with the exception of the series' last file, further subdivided into outgoing and incoming correspondence, which are arranged chronologically (NB: exceptions occur regularly). Copies of referenced letters or related documents (memoranda, reports, minutes of meetings, news clippings, situation reports, etc.) follow the principal correspondence. Incoming letters from all authorities in Arabic with English translations provided.
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Additional correspondence between UNIKOM and Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities, up to the year 2001, is located in Series S-0945, Operational subject files.