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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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United Nations Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM) code cables

UN. Executive Office of the Secretary-General

Series consists of incoming and outgoing numbered code cables (signed original) relating to military, political and administrative matters, including operations, deployment, rotation and withdrawal of military observers, incidents, disengagement negotiations, the formation and functioning of the mission, the suspension of Saudi Arabia's aid to Yemen, instructions on press statements, finance, personnel and miscellaneous general services. Correspondence is between top echelelon officials in Headquarters and UNYOM military commanders.

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Asia and Far East Missions and Commissions - Subject Files

Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972: Bunche)
Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1974-1985: Urquhart)

Series consists of correspondence, photographs, maps, press releases, statements by secretary-general, UN documents, mission reports and records of meetings relating to UN missions and commissions in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, West New Guinea, and Malaysia. Documented are activities of the Security Council sub-commission on Laos, the mission of Special Representative of the Secretary-General Nils Gussing to Cambodia, the mission of Baron Back-Friis to Cambodia/Thailand, UN administration of West New Guinea and mediation between the Netherlands and Indonesia, UN assistance to Indo-China, and the establishment of Memorial cemetery in Korea.
Correspondents include Jose Rolz-Bennett Coordinator of Rehabilitation Assistance of Vietnam Victor Umbricht, Director of the Human Rights Division John Humphrey, Economic adviser on Vietnam operations Bernard Oury, representatives of the Secretary-General Nils Gussing and Baron Beck-Friis, Ambassador Herbert de Ribbing, and Secretaries-General Dag Hammarskjold, U Thant, Kurt Waldheim.

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Accession numbers are 75/7 and 72/88

United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC) - Incident Reports

UN. Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General (1946-1961: Cordier) Office for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972: Bunche)

Series consists of incoming and outgoing clear cables, correspondence, investigative reports, press releases, maps, and photographs regarding massacres, accidents, arrests, evacuations, and other incidents investigated or recorded by the United Nations. Incidents include aircraft accidents such as a Rhodesian aircraft making a forced landing after being hit by small arms fire in Manono; an ONUC Commission report and other documentation regarding the Kindu Incident when thirteen Italian contingent air crew lost their lives due to an invasion of the Congolese National Army Soldiers in Kindu; and investigations into the death of Mme. Felicienne Dister who was killed at her home in Elisabethville. The series also includes incidents involving the Congolese National Army in Katanga and Elisabethville. Correspondents include Under-Secretary for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche, Legal Counsel C.A. Stavropoulos, Officer-in-Charge B. F. Osorio-Tafall, and Officer-in-Charge Robert Gardiner.

Accession Numbers: 75/7, 72/88

United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC) - Code, Clear Cables and Telexes - Civilian Operations

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1960-1962: MacFarquhar; 1963-1964: Duran)

Series consists of incoming and outgoing code and clear cables. These files originated from the offices of Special Assistant for Congo Civilian Operations Gustavo Duran and Special Advisor for Civilian Affairs in the Congo Sir Alexander MacFarquhar. Code cables discuss food deliveries, the Commission of Investigation on Lumumba, positions and appointments, issues regarding the United States Aid Program, blockage of land routes by Kantangese, construction of the Lubilash bridge, and public works program. Clear cables pertain to the investigation into plane crashes, meeting of the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation Board, situations regarding the United Nations roadblocks, training in professions such as banking, information on the United Nations Security Council Chamber meetings, information on the Congo Fund and situation reports. Correspondents include Under-Secretary in Charge of Civilian Affairs in the Congo Godfrey Amachree, Officer-in-Charge Robert Gardiner and Major-General C. C. Von Horn.

Accession Numbers: A/225, A/431

United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC) - Correspondence - Civilian Operations

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1960-1962: MacFarquhar; 1963-1964: Duran)

Series consists of correspondence relating to civilian operations and civilian affairs in the Congo. These files originated from the offices of Special Assistant for Congo Civilian Operations Gustavo Duran and Special Advisor for Civilian Affairs in the Congo Sir Alexander MacFarquhar. Records are divided into CUNCO (Chief, United Nations Civilian Operations) and COCA (Civilian Affairs in the Congo) sections. Cables provide information on the Congolese budget, siutations of personnel, project submissions in various fields such as communications, financial issues, appointments, food production, public works program, proposed tour of youth leaders to Romania and France, fellowships, budget analysis, and a quarterly report by World Health Organization Administrative Advisors. Correspondents include Chief of the United Nations Civilian Operations Sture Linner, Chief of Civilian Operations in the Congo M. Khiary, Executive Officer for the Congo Fund J. McLean, Deputy Chief of Civilian Operations A. C. Gilpin, and Senior Consultant, Bureau of Social Affairs Alvin Rose.

Accession Numbers: A/521, A/225, A/431

United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC) - Reports - Civilian Operations

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1960-1962: MacFarquhar; 1963-1964: Duran)

Series consists primarily of progress and monthly reports, mission reports, and reports created by various experts. These files originated from the offices of Special Assistant for Congo Civilian Operations Gustavo Duran and Special Advisor for Civilian Affairs in the Congo Sir Alexander MacFarquhar. Records include reports on the role of UNESCO, assistance to provinces, problems of unemployed youth in Leopoldville, and progress reports on agriculture, communications, education, finance, foreign trade, health, labor, magistrature, military, natural resources, and public administration. Also included are mission reports on the investigation into the effects of the overflow of Lake Tanganyika in the City of Albertville and regarding the damage and repair of bridges in Katanga. Reports by experts include investigations of fiscal offices and the treasury, studies of water transportation, summary of the refugee situation in the Congo, the housing situation, developments of the Central Bank, and information on the labor market. This series also includes reports of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Resolution 1746 (XVI) 1962.

United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC) - Provinces

UN. Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General (1946-1961: Cordier) Office for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972: Bunche)

Series consists of incoming and outgoing clear cables, correspondence, reports, press releases and photographs relating to the six provinces of the Congo: Equateur, Katanga, Kasai, Kivu, Leopoldville, and Orientale. Katanga province makes up the bulk of the records which detail the conditions at Elisabethville Refugee Camp, general ONUC military operations, and incidents regarding the United Nations Peace-Keeping Troops.

Files include information on air missions; famine (Kasai); refugees (Kivu); military operations (Leopoldville); Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba (Orientale); and maps of all the provinces. Correspondents include Under-Secretary for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche, Officer-in-Charge R. K. Gardiner, and Officer-in-Charge B. F. Osorio-Tafall.

Actual series size: 3.5 feet
Accession Numbers: 75/7, 72/88

United Nations Military Observer group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

Series documents the activities of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), particularly in mediating the Kashmir problem. Also documented are the efforts of the office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (HICOMREF) in resolving the refugee crisis during the civil strife in East Pakistan (1971), which led to the creation of Bangladesh. Represented are the following United Nations missions: UNEPRO, UNROB, UNROD, and UNIPOM (United Nations East Pakistan Relief Operation, United Nations Relief Operation in Bangladesh, United Nations Relief Operation in Dacca, and United Nations India/Pakistan Observer Mission). Records relate to visits (1965) by Brian E. Urquhart as well as Secretary-General U Thant to the UNMOGIP area. Code cables, reports and other documentary evidence relate to the Kashmir mission (1965); other records relate to the Kashmir/Karachi Agreement. Records include correspondence, which includes clear and code cables, letters, photographs, maps, reports, and press clippings.

Preparatory Commission of the United Nations

Series contains records pertaining to the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, which was established on 26 June 1945 and phased out by the General Assembly decision of 11 January 1946 that the Executive Secretary of the commission would act as the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The commission was established to make provisional arrangements for the first sessions of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the Trusteeship Council; to establish the Secretariat; to convene the International Court of Justice. The series consists of records collected by Brian Urquhart which pertain to the commission and some records created during the course of the commission's activities. The series also contains records pertaining to Gladwyn Jebb, who served as Executive Secretary of the Commission. Records consist of correspondence, reports, minutes and cables.

Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General - Libya mission records

Series consists of letters, memoranda, clear cables, numbered and unnumbered code cables (including drafts of cables), miscellaneous reports, and United Nations documents. Relates to the United Nations missions established to assist Libya in the formation of a constitution and independent government. These missions include: the UN Commissioner in Libya, the UN Council in Libya, and the UN Tribunal in Libya. Documented are administrative and technical assistance matters, and negotiations between United Nations representatives and Libyan officials. Correspondents include: Andrew W. Cordier, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary-General Trygve Lie, top mission officials (including the UN Commissioner in Libya A. Pelt) and Libyan officials (including the Prime Minister). Arranged in broad subject categories.

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