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Operational Records

Series consists of a small volume of operational files Missions and commissions UN agencies and organs Government affairs Political matters Union of South Africa and miscellaneous files. Includes a few files of correspondence which were returned to the United Nations by Brian Urquhart. Arranged in the preceding categories.

Meeting Minutes Administrative Records

Series consists of minutes of the Secretary-Generals' private meetings with the Under-Secretaries-General 1946-1958. (Secretary-General Trygve Lie presided until 7 April 1953 Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold's first meeting was 13 April 1953). Appended to this series are a few files documenting the earliest administrative issues of the United Nations in particular personnel matters (1946-1954). Some of these miscellaneous items were once part of a numbered filing system while others were the incoming correspondence of Victor Hoo Assistant Secretary-General of Trusteeship and S. Lall Assistant Secretary-General for Conference and General Services. Arrangement is in two sets the minutes followed by the miscellaneous administrative records and therein chronologically.

Advisory Committee on the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) verbatim minutes

Administrative history The Advisory Committee on the United Nations Emergency Force was established by the first emergency special session of the General Assembly on 7 November 1956 dissolved when UNEF withdrew from the Sinai and Gaza Strip in mid-June 1967. Its mandate was to monitor the situation of the Force and bring any urgent circumstances to the attention of the General Assembly. Chaired by Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold. Representative countries of Brazil Canada Ceylon Colombia India Norway and Pakistan remained consistent throughout the period.

Scope and content Series consists of verbatim transcripts of meetings of the Advisory Committee on UNEF kept by the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General Andrew W. Cordier. Arranged chronologically.

These records are a photocopied set from the Andrew Cordier Papers held at Columbia University Missions and Commissions - Middle East - Series 8 UNEF.

Conditions of access The series some of which was originally classified strictly confidential was formally declassified in 1991. All other minutes had been marked confidential.

Press releases

Series consists of mimeographed United Nations Department of Public Information press releases i.e. the statements addresses etc. of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (paper is discolouring). Also included are publications of reports and addresses written by the Secretary-General. Arranged chronologically.

Central Registry Files

Series consists of primarily documents the organizing of international conferences and commissions, General Assembly meeting arrangements, personnel hiring, and information/media activities. Records of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations were incorporated in the Temporary London Office Central Registry files comprising this series. Included are records such as correspondence, reports Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Office of the Executive Director

Series consists of incoming and outgoing cable exchanges with United Nations New York, of "Information Circulars" which were issued by the Executive Director for the staff of the Temporary London Office (Mar. to Oct. 1946), and two additional files, one of them containing the floor plans of the Church House facility (dated 1941). Arranged in the order cited, and therein chronologically.

Force Commander - Correspondence with Iraq, Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council

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.

Title based on series contents.

Additional correspondence between UNIKOM and Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities, up to the year 2001, is located in Series S-0945, Operational subject files.

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