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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) - Incidents

Series consists of a chronological sequence of letters, numbered code cables, pages from the violations log (most of which is with series 8), all relating to UNMOGIP's reporting on violations, incidents, and a local demonstration. Early records are those of Andrew Cordier, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General, and later records were those of Ralph Bunche, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. One incident case file ('Nekowal incident' 1955-1956) contains letters, news clippings, telexes, and a map showing Nekowal area (manuscript). The primary correspondent is the Chief Military Observer. Arranged chronologically.

Records relating to the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan [UNCIP]

Series consists of letters, clear cables, numbered code cables, UNCIP reports (typescript), press releases, news clippings, and United Nations documents (including UNCIP reports). Relates to UNCIP operations and progress, and UNCIP administration including personnel and financial matters. Correspondents include: Andrew W. Cordier, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary-General Trygve Lie, Leo Malania, and UNCIP officials including the Principal Secretary Erik Colban, military advisors, and the UN Plebiscite Administrator for Jammu and Kashmir. Arranged in broad subject categories.

Missions and commissions - records

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, budgets, reports and administrative files relating to the establishment of mission offices, financial planning, pay rates for UN soldiers, working papers, and mission manuals. Missions represented include UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP), the Peace Observation Commission, Missions Coordinating Committee, and Observer Panel I. Correspondents represented include Secretaries-General Trygvie Lie, Dag Hammarskjold, and U Thant. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) - Cables

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972: Bunche; 1959-1961: Narasimhan; 1962-1963: Loutfi; 1963-1964: Protitch; 1965-1970: Rolz-Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar)

Series consists of numbered and unnumbered code, clear, and only cables (incoming and outgoing) and United Nations documents regarding the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) mission to monitor the cease-fire between India and Pakistan. Subjects include cease-fire violations in Kashmir and Jammu; visits to India and Pakistan by Secretary-General U Thant; local political demonstrations; refugees; military rotation; and administrative and personnel matters. Correspondents include UNMOGIP Chief Military Observers Lt. Gen. Luis Tassara and Lt. Gen. Robert H. Nimmo.

Accession numbers: 84/292, boxes 3 and 7; 87/005, box 26

Actual series size: 4 boxes


Assistant Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1981-1988: Cordovez)

Note: The position of Assistant Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs does not appear in staff lists until 1981, when F. T. Liu is listed as holding that position.
Series consists of materials documenting the work of the UNCC (United Nations Co-Coordinator), UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force), and UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organization). UNCC and UNTSO materials consist of incoming and outgoing numbered code cables; UNDOF materials include incoming and outgoing numbered code cables; military staff lists; casualty and board of inquiry reports; country files (Austria, Canada, Iran, etc.); incident reports and strength and location reports. Subjects include the Christian Armed Forces and Lebanese Christian fellowship; IDF withdrawals from Lebanon; Lebanese border crossings; the crossing of the Alpha line; mine accidents; and the Austrian patrol. Correspondents include Maj.-Gen. L. Koho; UN Emergency Force (UNEF) Force Commander/Chief Co-Coordinator Lt.-Gen. E. Siilasvuo; UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) Chief of Staff B. Liljestrand; and Under-Secretaries General for Special Political Affairs Guyer and Urquhart.
Photographs in this series support casualty files, including the location and condition of the deceased upon discovery. Shepherds shot by the IDF patrol, UNDOF OP 72, and the bodies of Peter Hoermann and Major-Corporal Anton Grasserbauer are among those photographed.
Accession number: 1986/103
Actual series size: 10 boxes

United Nations Suez Canal Clearance Operations (UNSCO) - Subject Files

The United Nations Suez Clearance Operations (UNSCO) task was to restore the Suez Canal to operating condition after it was blocked by debris as a result of the 1956 Israel/Egypt War. UNSCO operated between December 1956 and April 1957.

Included are correspondence, reports, working papers, clippings, press releases; and salvage lists, maps and charts showing wreck locations and UNSCO operations.
These concern the dredging of the canal; rehabilitation of maintenance workshops, restoration of navigational lighting and telecommunications; and the resumption of canal traffic.

Series consists of correspondence, cables, memoranda and draft memoranda, report outlines, surveys and survey reports, field operations reports, weekly reports, summary reports, final progress reports, reports of conversations, chronologies, indexes, appendices, schedules, lists, logs, inventories, diaries, aide-memoires, handwritten notes, tables, diagrams, floor plans, blueprints, photographs, receipts, invoices, transmittal sheets, biographical notes, press reports, press releases, press clippings, dictionaries, technical manuals, reprints of conference papers, periodical publications, business cards, and company catalogues and brochures relating to the administration and operations of the Suez Canal clearance operations.

Subjects include but are not limited to the following: salvage fleets; salvaged wrecks and other property; telecommunications; electrical equipment and installation; floating apparatus; activities of the British Admiralty and the Anglo-French Fleet; administrative, personnel and financial matters; agreements with the Egyptian government; compensation to Suez Canal shareholders; salvors' rights; the Civil-Watch Unit; returned vessels to owners; policy negotiations; subcontractors; canal dues; damages to workshops; and local shipping agents.

Correspondents include Dag Hammerskjold, UN Secretary-General; Lieutenant-General R. A. Wheeler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General; Alfred George Katzin, UN Deputy Under-Secretary; Colonel Mahmoud Younis, Engineer, Member of the Director's Office, Suez Canal Authority, Ismailia; Major M. Haaksalo, UN Civil Watch; Harry Howell of Howell and Co.; D. G. Sullivan, Chief Administrative Office, UNSCO; George Lansky, Chief, Field Operation Service; M. Sobhi, Engineer, Head of Transmission Section, Suez Canal Authority; Charles Barton Reynolds, Engineer, International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation.

United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL) - records

Series consists of cables, correspondence, and reports relating to the activities of the UN Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL), which was set up to monitor internal conflicts between Lebanese political and religious factions. Also includes communications between UNOGIL and other Middle East UN commands, including the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Correspondents include Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche, Special Representative to Jordan, Pier Spinelli, UNTSO Chief of Staff, Carl C. von Horn, UNOGIL mission leader David Blickenstaff, and the permanent representatives of countries providing troops to UNOGIL. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

United Nations Malaysia Mission (UNMAM)

Series consists of UNMAM's final report to the Secretary-General (including related annexes and the Secretary-General's final conclusions) (copy), and the Manila Accord, Declaration and Joint Statements drafted by the heads of governments of Indonesia, the Philippines and the Federation of Malaya (copies) relating to the improvement of relations amongst their countries. Also included are clear cables, numbered code cables, memoranda, letters, press releases, and United Nations documents relating to the establishment of the Federation of Malaysia; UNMAM personnel, task instructions, and mission progress; and alleged military incidents between the Federation of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Correspondents include Jose Rolz-Bennett, Secretary-General U Thant, representatives of Britain, Indonesia, the Philippines, and UNMAM. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Mission of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General in Equatorial Guinea

Series consists of letters, memoranda, mission reports, a report on refugees in Equatorial Guinea to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (copy), agreements between Equatorial Guinea and Spain (regarding technical cooperation, commercial matters and payments (copies), clear cables, numbered code cables, United Nations documents, press clippings, press releases and Secretary-General draft Security Council reports relating to the operations of the mission of the Personal Representative to the Secretary-General to Equatorial Guinea (UNREG). Correspondents include Secretary-General U Thant, representatives of Equatorial Guinea and Spain, the Personal Reprsentative to the Secretary-General Cabellero Tamayo, and United Nations agencies (including the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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