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Correspondence - Principal Secretary Dr. Ralph Bunche

United Nations Palestine Commission (UNPAC): Files - Principal Secretary Dr. Ralph Bunche

Series consists of correspondence incoming and outgoing cables coded cables memoranda telegrams and reports. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: Advance Party; Arab Higher Committee; Jewish detainees; Palestine Citrus Board; Mandatory Power; and Security Council. Correspondents include: Dr. Ralph Bunche Principal Secretary; Pablo de Azcarate; Isa Nakhleh the Delagation - Arab Higher Committee; and John Reedman Senior Economics Advisor.

Subject Files - Principal Secretary Dr. Ralph Bunche

United Nations Palestine Commission (UNPAC): Files - Principal Secretary Dr. Ralph Bunche

Series consists of correspondence incoming and outgoing cables statements proposals memoranda telegrams verbatim records of meetings press releases handwritten notes notes on informal conversations working papers and progress reports. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: Advance Party; Arab Higher Committee; Hebrew Committee of National Liberation; Hebrew political prisoners Joint Economic Board; immigrants from Cyprus to Palestine; infiltrees to Palestine; emergency police force for Jerusalem; Palestine Museum; militia; provisional councils of governments. Correspondents include: Peter H. Bergson; Ralph J. Bunche Director Department of Trusteeship; A.H. Feller General Counsel and Director Legal Department; Senator Francisco; L. Malania Chief Admistrative Officer Palestine Commission; Benjamin Cohen Assistant Secretary-General Department of Public Information.

Audio Tapes and Administrative Files - Burundi

Highly sensitive records on administrative matters and witness testimonies, recorded on cassettes, diskettes and on paper relating to the United Nations International Commission of Inquiry for Burundi (UNIBIC).

There are 342 Audio Tapes with recorded "Testimonies", and out of which 140 are "Transcribed".

From the Africa 1 Division.

Department of Public Information

Series includes the following subseries within DAG-12: (1.0.) ASG Executive Office - Subject Files; (1.1) Special Assistant's Subject Files; (2.0) External Services Division - Correspondence and Reports; (3.0) Films and Visual Information Division - Working Files; (4.0) Library Services - Working Files; (5.0) Management and Circulation Division - Working Files; (6.0) Press and Publications Bureau - Subject Files; (7.0) Radio Division - Subject Files; (8.0) Reference and Publications Division - Policy Files; (9.0) Special Services Division - Working Files; and (10.0) Radio and Visual Services Division - Director's Files. Also included are Accession Nos. 1978/0045, 1979/0065, 1982/0008, 1992/0092.

Dag Hammarskjold Library - UNBIS Bibliographic Manuals

Series consists of a four manuals kept successively by the Library in the course of developing the automated cataloguing system and maintaining policies and procedures. UNBIS is the acronym for United Nations Bibliographic Information System. Records include correspondence, handwritten records, administrative instructions, etc. Arranged chronologically.

Photographs and Records

The United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) was established in 1950 in order to undertake relief and rehabilitation programs in Korea. It ceased operating in 1959, and liquidation was completed in 1960.

Records include registry files, 1950-1960, containing correspondence, memos, reports, and many other types of documents concerning all aspects of the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency; also project files, 1952-1960, containing correspondence, project agreements, lists of required supplies generated by UNKRA's establishment of projects in the areas of food and agriculture, rural resettlement, transportation, communications, education, health, sanitation and welfare, natural resources, housing, technical assistance, and other projects.
Also included are files concerning personnel, finances, and other matters having to do with the administration of UNKRA, 1951-1960, and containing correspondence, legal documents, minutes, accounts, and photographs.
Historical files, 1951-1960, were assembled in order to write a history of UNKRA, and contain examples of the types of documents mentioned, as well as drafts of a history of UNKRA.

It contains PAG-4/3.0, subseries (3.0) Registry Files; (2) Project Files; (3.1) General Administration Non-Registry Files; (3.2) General Administration Photos; (4) Personnel Office Non-Registry Files; (4.1) Finance Office Non-Registry Files; (4.2) Finance Office Ledgers; (5) Historical Files.

Political Affairs - Coordination, partnership - Discussion and negotiation

Records contained in S-1835 document political coordination and negotiation led by the Co-Chairmen of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia (ICFY) with former Yugoslav leaders in partnership with the European Community, United Nations agencies, and intergovernmental organizations. The records also document the Co-Chairmen’s internal discussions with high-level officials in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), and the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

S-1835 contains records of the ICFY’s Steering Committee, which was established at The London Conference held on 26-27 August 1992. Records of the Steering Committee consist of: reports on Steering Committee meetings for ICFY internal use; briefs delivered by the Co-Chairmen; memoranda regarding membership of the Committee; letters to the Co-Chairmen from representatives of foreign countries; and lists of delegates attending meetings. Also included are records relating to the Coordination Body for the Implementation of the Vance-Owen Peace Plan and the Arbitration Commission.

Other records concern working groups created by the ICFY, including: the Working Group on Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Working Group on Confidence and Security-Building and Verification Measures, the Economic Issues Working Group, the Working Group on Ethnic and National Communities and Minorities, the Humanitarian Issues Working Group, the Mostar Working Group, and the Working Group on Secession Issues. Meetings often were conducted at the ICFY Secretariat at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Attendees included: representatives of United Nations agencies and Member States; ambassadors and government representatives; and delegations of former Yugoslav republics. Records of working groups consist of: programme agenda; lists of meeting attendees; discussion papers related to the meeting agenda; statements delivered by the Co-Chairmen and by meeting attendees; and summaries of meetings and periodic reports on the activities of working groups.

S-1835 also contains summaries of Co-Chairmen’s meetings held in Geneva with representatives of governments of the former Yugoslavia. Additionally, there are summaries of meetings that took place during the Co-Chairmen’s visits to the former Yugoslavia to meet with political leaders. Also included in S-1835 are the personal subject files of Co-Chairman Cyrus R. Vance and Deputy Co-Chairman Herbert S. Okun.

Also included in S-1835 are records pertaining to the development of peace agreements, constitutional agreements, ceasefire agreements, and economic agreements brokered by the ICFY. Among these are: the Invincible Plan of July and August 1993; constitutional agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina, dating from 1993 and 1994; the Washington Agreement of 1994; the Economic Agreement of 2 December 1994; the Agreement on the Krajina, Slavonia, Southern Baranja and Western Sirmium of 1994 and 1995; and the Dayton Agreement of 1995. Records include: draft and final agreements; briefs and outlines for proposed changes to agreements; hand-marked maps depicting areas in the former Yugoslavia; and correspondence about the agreements.

In addition, there are files pertaining to countries in the former Yugoslavia. These primarily hold code cables exchanged between: the Co-Chairmen; the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG); and Kofi Annan, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at United Nations headquarters in New York. Also included in country files are internal documents produced by the ICFY Co-Chairmen and their advisors, such as: talking points; working papers; draft agreements; and briefs on political and military developments in regions. Additionally, there are letters between the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and government representatives, including: the President of the Republic of Serbia Slobodan Miloševic; the President of Republika Srpska, Dr. Radovan Karadžic; the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegovic; the President of the Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna, Mate Boban; and the leader of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia, Fikret Abdic.

Additionally, S-1835 contains: draft reports prepared by the Co-Chairmen on the activities of the ICFY and submitted to the Security Council; summaries of meetings between United Nations officials and representatives of UNPROFOR, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the North Atlantic Council (NAC); briefs written by the Co-Chairmen and sent to the SRSG on developments in the peace process with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); periodic reports on the activities of the ICFY’s Mission to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) undertaken in 1995 and 1996; memoranda prepared by the Legal Advisor to the ICFY about matters concerning the administration of Mostar and Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the European Union and the United Nations; briefs on the implementation of sanctions against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), authored by the Co-Chairmen and sent to the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; periodic situation reports issued by the Sanctions Assistance Missions Communication Centre (SAMCOMM) of the European Union’s European Commission; press statements issued by the Co-Chairmen of the ICFY; and petitions and appeals urging cessation of conflict in the region, sent to the ICFY from non-governmental organizations and individuals.

Management and Integration - Reporting to United Nations Headquarters

The records of S-1851 are comprised of high-level code cables reporting on diplomatic and operational activities of the ICFY. Code cables document the collaboration between the following agencies: the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia (ICFY); the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR); the Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO); and the European Community Monitoring Mission (ECMM). The code cables were sent or copied to the UN headquarters in New York City and the ICFY Secretariat located in Geneva.

The Office of the Co-Chairmen of the ICFY initially was headed by Co-Chairmen Cyrus Vance and Lord David Owen and later in May 1993, by Lord Owen and Thorvald Stoltenberg. The Office of the Co-Chairmen reported diplomatic and operational developments directly to the Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and to the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Special Envoy for the Former Yugoslavia, Kofi Annan, at the UN headquarters in New York and the Theatre Headquarters in Zagreb, Croatia. Outgoing code cables from the Co-Chairmen relay information about high-level meetings and communications with leaders of warring parties and international diplomatic and governmental organizations. Topics covered include: Co-Chairmen’s progress in the development of a constitution for Bosnia and Herzegovina; the progress of ICFY working groups on issues related to confidence building and security measures, minorities, and economic relations; the forensic examination of alleged mass grave sites in the conflict area; and the possible results of the withdrawal of UNPROFOR (February 1995).

Also included are the Co-Chairmen’s reports to the Security Council about the activities of the ICFY. In addition, a memorandum written by International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Justice Richard Goldstone describes the preparation of indictments against the Bosnian Serb leadership (June 1995).

The UNPROFOR Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Yasushi Akashi, sent reports on diplomatic and operational developments primarily to Kofi Annan. Akashi’s code cables consist of periodic reports to the Security Council and the Secretary-General relaying mission and operation specific information such as: the general situation in the mission areas; battalion deployment; the humanitarian situation; political developments in Croatia; and UN sanctions against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Included among the code cables are precise details of the Srebrenica Massacre, pursuant to Security Council Resolutions 1009 and 1010 (1995); and the final and comprehensive report on the Sarajevo Mortar Incident of 28 August 1995 (2nd Markale Massacre) prepared by UNPROFOR Lt. Col. J.R.J. Baxter.

The files also contain code cables prepared by UNPROFOR Force Commander Satish Nambiar, who was based in Zagreb, Croatia. He reported to UN headquarters in New York on topics such as: the implementation of the no-fly zone; NATO air strikes against the Bosnian Serb Army (BSA); the mining of Peruca dam by the forces of the “Republic of Serbian Krajina” (RSK); and the safe passage of civilians, commercial goods, and humanitarian aid to and from Sarajevo. There are also cables relaying details of high-level discussions on the renewal of the UNPROFOR mandate (February 1994).

The records also include reports prepared by the European Community Monitoring Mission (ECMM) in the Former Yugoslavia and sent to the ECMM Liaison Office in Geneva, the ECMM Headquarters in Zagreb, Croatia, and copied to the ICFY. The reports primarily consist of overviews of the political, operational, and humanitarian situation in the conflict area.

Also included are high-level clear and code cables from the aforementioned offices, covering topics such as: the situation in FYROM; periodic UNPROFOR operational reports; the cessation of operations of UN Civilian Police (UNCIVPOL); and the status of the International Police Task Force and the UNCIVPOL in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the expiration of the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation (UNCRO) mandate. Also included are working drafts of the Secretary-General’s report concerning arrangements for the liquidation of headquarters of the United Nations Peace Forces (UNPF) and the establishment of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH), the United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP) and the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES) (31 January 1996).

In addition, the series contains daily situation reports generated by the following Force Commanders of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR):

Lieutenant-General Satish Nambiar of India, March 1992 to March 1993
Lieutenant-General Lars-Eric Wahlgren of Sweden, March 1993 to June 1993
General Jean Cot of France, June 1993 to March 1994

The situation reports were sent simultaneously to: United Nations headquarters in New York; Cyrus R. Vance and Thorvald Stoltenberg, the Co-Chairmen of the ICFY representing the United Nations Secretary-General in Geneva; and the Liaison Office in Vicenza, Italy of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The situation reports describe military activities in: the United Nations Protected Areas (UNPA); in Sector Sarajevo and in various locations of Bosnia and Herzegovina Command; in Croatia in Sectors North, South, East and West; and in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Command. They note activities of warring factions; ceasefire violations (CFVs); incidents involving the security of United Nations personnel and premises; and the activities of UNPROFOR battalions, United Nations Military Observers (UNMO) and humanitarian convoys.

There are also situation reports sent from Bosnia and Herzegovina Command to UNPROFOR headquarters in Zagreb, Croatia.

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