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Falkland Islands - Latin America - Gulf

Series documents the United Nations involvement in the dispute between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) as well as UN efforts in Latin American and Gulf Coast countries. Records include press briefings, correspondence, and reports. Arranged mostly in alphabetical order by name of country.

Namibia

Series documents anti-apartheid developments in Namibia. Records relate to the mission of UNTAG (United Nations Transition Assistance Group) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in Namibia. The series contains working papers, notes on meetings, press clippings and correspondence such as code cables, letters, and handwritten notes. Correspondents include Lieutenant General Prem Chand and Virenda Dayal. Arranged by subject.

External Relations

Series documents United Nations external relations with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil, religious and academic institutions, the general public and United Nations Information Centres (UNICs). Records documenting relations with governments include talking points (summaries informing the Secretary-General of events of current import to government representatives and individuals). Delegations files include records that document within member countries United Nations involvement in the following: human rights abuses and humanitarian needs, military activities and conflict resolution, political negotiation and matters related to elections, position appointments, security of United Nations personnel and natural disasters. Records include correspondence between the Secretary-General and ambassadors, heads of state and government officials as well as reports to the Secretary-General of permanent, fact-finding and exploratory missions. Of particular interest in delegations files are records pertaining to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict; peace talks between the government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca; the Governors Island Agreement between President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti and General Raoul Cedras; and events in El Salvador, including the Peace Agreement (1992) signed between the government of El Salvador and the Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN). Records documenting relations between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations include correspondence and reports of meetings with the Secretary-General. Records documenting relations between the United Nations and religious institutions include correspondence regarding matters of mutual interest, acts of religious violence and material related to religious ceremonies and events held in connection to the activities of the United Nations. Records pertaining to academic institutions include invitations for the Secretary-General to speak or attend events at educational institutions as well as material describing projects and collaborative efforts between the United Nations and educational institutions. Correspondence from the general public documents opinions expressed about the work of the United Nations, suggestions for United Nations activities, reaction toward specific decisions made by the Secretary-General, requests for autographs and requests for legal assistance involving extraordinary circumstances. A significant number of files consisting of correspondence and petitions addressed to the Secretary-General are in Arabic. Series includes correspondence, reports, press releases, press clippings, memoranda, minutes of meetings, code cables and cryptofaxes.

Information/Education Division - Analysis Unit

The Analysis/Assessment Unit of UNTAC's Information/Education Division was one of the Division's four principal units, the other three being Production, Dissemination, and Control (originally a part of Analysis/Assessment). The Analysis/Assessment Unit, composed mainly of Khmer-speaking staff members, travelled throughout Cambodia to gauge Cambodians' responses to UNTAC-produced materials and to assess general perceptions of UNTAC. Staff members also monitored the television programming, radio programming, and print materials of the Cambodian factions by completing media monitoring reports, which served as the chief sources of information for the Unit's English-language digests and analyses of Cambodian media.

Series chiefly contains media monitors' reports and digests/analyses of Cambodian media outlets, the former group of records primarily in Khmer, the latter exclusively in English. Series also includes daily press briefings from the UNTAC spokesman, miscellaneous records related to various Cambodian political factions, and records pertaining to other UNTAC components/units. Files at the beginning of the series are arranged by subject classification number. Digests/analyses, which are found toward the end of the series, are grouped by political faction or specific media outlet and arranged chronologically therein.

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Mr. Rafeeuddin Ahmed

The United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) was formed in February 1992 to ensure the implementation of these agreements.

Mr. Rafeeuddin Ahmed, born in Sukkar, Pakistan on 2 October 1932, studied at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science in 1951 and a Master of Arts degree in political science in 1953.

In October 1955, Mr. Ahmed entered Pakistan's Foreign Service, where he held a number of posts including Director for United Nations Affairs and Economic Coordination in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1968 to 1970.

In May 1970, Mr. Ahmed began his career at the UN Secretariat, serving in the following capacities: Secretary of the Economic and Social Council, 1970 - 1973; Director of the Resources and Programme Planning Office, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 1973 - 1975; Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General, 1975 - 1978; Chef de Cabinet, 1978 - 1982; Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Trusteeship and Decolonization, 1983 - 1986; and Under-Secretary-General for International Economic and Social Affairs, 1987 - 1992. Mr. Ahmed also served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs in South-East Asia, during which time he helped to negotiate the Agreements on a Comprehensive Political Settlement of the Cambodia Conflict (a.k.a. The Paris Agreements), signed on 23 October 1991.

In April 1992, Mr. Ahmed left New York to become the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The series contains the Kampuchea/Cambodia-related records of Mr. Ahmed created and collected from 1975 to 1992. In 1992, custodianship of the records was transferred from Mr. Ahmed to Mr. A.H.S. Ataul Karim, chief liaison officer of the United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC). Mr. Karim retained custodianship of the records while serving as UNTAC's political adviser to the special representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Yasushi Akashi.

The majority of the series is arranged by alphanumeric subject classification as follows:
6A - General files on the state of Kampuchea
6B - International conferences, meetings, etc.
6C - International Conference on Cambodia, 30 July - 30 Aug. 1989
6D - Meetings of the five permanent members of the Security Council
6E - Meetings of the Secretary-General with the five permanent members of the Security Council
6F - Meetings of the Supreme National Council (SNC)
6G - International Conference on Cambodia, Paris, 21 - 23 Oct. 1991
6H - Documents and records related to General Assembly consideration of the situation in Cambodia, 34th through 46th sessions

The end of the series, which details the establishment of UNAMIC and UNTAC, is arranged by subject.

Correspondence - Personal

Series documents Secretary-General's correspondence with VIP's and friends including holiday greetings, correspondence with universities and colleges, gifts received, invitations accepted and refused, and thank-you letters. Essentially unarranged, although like file titles are generally arranged together.

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