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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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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 Observation Mission (UNYOM) - Advisor's Records

UN. Military Advisor to the Secretary-General (1963-1965 : Rikye)

Series consists of letters, memoranda, cables and draft reports relating to violations of the disengagement agreement signed by Egypt, the United Arab Republic and Yemen, military operations, deployment of foreign troops into Yemen and miscellaneous administrative matters. Primary correspondents are Lt. General Prem Singh Gyani, Colonel Branko Pavlovic and Lt. General Carl Von Horn.

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United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA) - Cables

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1986-1992: Goulding)

Series consists of numbered code, clear and only cables (incoming and outgoing), daily situation reports, and press cables related to the United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA) mission to monitor cross-border activities in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Press cables are summaries of local newspaper articles and/or copies of the articles. Subjects include cease-fire violations; arms seizures; Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN) guerilla activity; demobilization of the Nicaraguan Contras; rise of the "Recontras;" aircraft; personnel and administrative matters. Correspondents include Principal Political Adviser Rolf Knutsson; Chief Military Observers Brig. Gen. Agustin Quesada Gomez; Brig. Gen. Lewis W. Mackenzie; and Brig. Gen. Victor Suanzes.

Accession numbers: 93/164, boxes 4-6

Actual series size: 4 boxes

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United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA) - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1981-1988: Cordovez; 1986-1992: Goulding)
UN. Under-Secretary-General for Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (1992-1997: Annan)

Series consists of correspondence, code cables (incoming and outgoing), agreements, meeting summaries, incident reports, press releases, daily press briefings and monthly reports regarding the United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA) mission to monitor cross-border activities in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Subjects include seizures of weapons and equipment; the demobilization of Nicaraguan resistance (Contras); Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN); "Recontras," aircraft; and the political and military situation in Central America. Other subjects documented are military and civilian personnel; administrative matters; finance; and contributing countries. Correspondents include Principal Political Adviser Rolf Knutsson; Chief Military Observers Maj. Gen. Agustin Quesada Gomez, Brig. Gen. Lewis W. Mackenzie, and Brig. Gen. Victor Suanzes.

Accession numbers: 93/164, boxes 1-3

Actual series size: 6 boxes

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United Nations Observer Mission for the Verification of the Elections in Nicaragua (ONUVEN)

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1981-1988: Cordovez; 1986-1992: Goulding)

Series consists of numbered code and only cables (incoming and outgoing), numbered clear cables (incoming), correspondence, memoranda and daily press briefings related to the United Nations Observer Mission for the Verification of the Elections in Nicaragua (ONUVEN). Subjects include demobilization of the Nicaraguan Contras and coordination with the International Commission for Support and Verification (CIAV); the United Nations Transition Team (UNTT); and the United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA). Other subjects include the political situation in Nicaragua; cease-fire violations; repatriation of refugees; and the Central American peace process. Correspondents include Director of ONUVEN Iqbal Rizen.

Accession numbers: 93/166 and 93/167

Actual series size: 1 box

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United Nations Observers for Verification of Elections in Haiti (ONUVEH) - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1986-1992: Goulding)

Series consists of correspondence, numbered code cables (incoming and outgoing), reports, memoranda, press releases, and United Nations documents regarding the United Nations Observers for Verification of Elections in Haiti (ONUVEH) mission to monitor the electoral process in Haiti. Subjects include selection and security of election observers, election procedures and voter turnout; the social, political and military situation in Haiti, and the attempted coup d'etat of 7January 1991; and administrative matters. Correspondents include Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti Joao Augusto de Medicis and ONUVEH Chief Electoral Officer Horacio Boneo.

Accession numbers: 92/149, box 1

Actual series size: 3 boxes

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United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC)

UN. Deputy Chef de Cabinet (1962-1964 : Rolz-Bennett)
Series consists of Jose Rolz-Bennett's reference set of letters (mostly copies), memoranda, numbered code cables, ONUC reports on civilian operations, Congo Republic draft constitution (copies), ONUC directives, and UN documents relating to ONUC finances, personnel, and operations. Also included is a copy of a speech given by the Under-Secretary-General Ralph Bunche on March 16, 1964 during the Dag Hammarskjold lecture series relating to ONUC. Correspondents include: Rolz-Bennett, Bunche, Secretary-General U Thant, Moise Tshombe (the provincial president of Katanga), and Permanent Representatives from various countries.
Accession Numbers: Unknown

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) - Draft and Text Preparatory Materials

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1972: Bunche; 1959-1961: Narasimhan; 1963-1964: Protich)
Series consists of preparatory files, drafts, final chapters and related correspondence used to produce a book documenting the history of the Congo Operation. Text written by Fou Tchin Liu, then Senior Political Officer to the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Subjects include the incident of 21 November 1960 at Leopoldville; the Kasavuba Delegation; the formation of the Adoula government; the Kitona Agreement; the plan of national reconciliation; and the secession of Katanga. Correspondents include Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs R. J. Bunche.

Accession number: 1987/0006

Actual series size: 6 boxes

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United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC) - Cables and Telexes

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

Series consists of incoming and outgoing code, clear, unnumbered, top secret, and only cables, and telex conversations primarily between high ranking United Nations personnel in New York and Leopoldville relating to the military and civilian operations in the Congo. Cables were also sent to or received from other cities, such as Elisabethville, Jerusalem, Geneva, Gaza, Beirut, Mogadiscio and Brussels. Code cables detail various matters relating to United Nations intervention, creation of the Congolese government, training of the Congolese army and the existence or need of mercenary troops, unrest between the Lumumba Youth Party and the United Nations and Belgians, the refugee situation, evacuation of Belgian military personnel, and food distribution. Clear cables include information on the international Famine Relief Fund and personnel issues such as salary and appointments in the relief and public works administrations. Telex conversations focus on various aspects of the military and civilian operations in the Congo including hostile actions towards ONUC personnel, military reinforcements, and food deliveries. Housed separately are five feet of duplicate code cables, unnumbered, top secret, only, and clear cables regarding a wide range of subjects including military events, administrative issues, political developments, and hostages.
Correspondents include Under-Secretary for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche, Officer-in-Charge Andrew Cordier, and Special Advisor for Civilian Affairs in the Congo Sir Alexander Macfarquhar.

Accession numbers: 63/163, 74/74, 72/88, 75/7, 77/207

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

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

Series consists of reports, press releases, correspondence, agreements for financial assistance, and incoming and outgoing clear cables relating to aspects of ONUC's civilian operations. The files include information on airlifts, the Congo Fund, ONUC fulfilling public health needs, recruitment, and relief efforts of the International Red Cross. Files also contain documentation on specialized agencies dealing with various issues of relief and normalization. These agencies included the International Monetary Fund which focused on currency unification in the Congo; agencies supporting telecommunication improvement, the World Health Organization, and the Universal Postal Union. Correspondents include Ralph Bunche, Officer-in-Charge B. F. Osorio-Tafall and Officer-in-Charge Max H. Dorsinville.

Accession Number: 75/7

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