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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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Subject Files - Political

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1972: Bunche; 1959-1961: Narasimhan; 1962-1963: Loufti; 1963-1964: Protitch; 1965-1970: Rolz-Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1981-1988: Cordovez)

Series consists of materials documenting the progress of the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), and various missions in Africa. Items include incoming and outgoing numbered and unnumbered code cables, press cables, press releases, progress reports, UN documents, operation logs, situation reports, country files, correspondence, information on conferences, legal documents, affidavits and drafts of political advisor to Special Political Affairs G. L. Sherry. Subjects include the Adoula government; North and South Katanga; the Congo Operation; Dr. Moise Tshombe; President of the Congo Republic Kasa-Vubu; the Plan of National Conciliation (1962); the Congo Conciliation Commission; mercenaries; the Mediterranean Dead Sea Canal; African states; the visit of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold to South Africa (1961); and the Council on Foreign relations. Correspondents include Secretary-General D. Hammarskjold; Director H. Wieschoff; UNFICYP Acting Commander Brig. A. J. Wilson; Special Representative of the Secretary-General B. F. Osorio-Tafall; and Officers in charge of the Congo Operation Dr. S. Linner and R. K. A. Gardiner.
Series contains photographs of the Katanga railway station, and the Lady Selbourne, Pretoria, and Nicosia refugee camps.

Accession number: 1985/063
Actual series size: 23 boxes
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United Nations Assistance for the Reconstruction and Development of Lebanon (UNARDOL) - Cables

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

Series consists of incoming and outgoing numbered and unnumbered clear and code cables primarily issued by I. Akhund, then Special Representative of the Secretary General in Lebanon. Subjects include food and water shortages; interruption of convoy; and status of mission. Series contains detailed descriptions of damage to Beirut, Roche, Mazara, Berbir, the Shile suburbs of Shiyah, Burj-Barajne, Palestine camp, and miscellaneous locations. Correspondents include I. Akhund, Co-Coordinator for UN Assistance for the Reconstruction and Development of Lebanon (UNARDOL).

Accession number: 89/110

Actual series size: 1 box

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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

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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
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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.

Office for Special Political Affairs - Subject Files

UN. Office for Special Political Affairs (OSPA) (1970-1978: Guyer; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1981-1988: Cordovez; 1986-1992: Goulding)
Note: Files in this series were transferred in 1992, when the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs became the Department for Peace-Keeping Operations. Files were transferred under the auspices of the Office for Special Political Affairs, but reflect the operations of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) for the time span specified. Above names refer to the Under-Secretaries General who were in office from 1975 to 1988.

Series consists of briefings, annual reports and statements of the Secretary-General, country files, chemical weapons reports, inspections, notes on meetings, miscellaneous personnel and administrative files, information circulars, UN documents and economic surveys. Subjects include aircraft and ship incidents; Contadora; the Ford Foundation; the fortieth anniversary of the UN; observer groups in the Iran / Iraq Gulf; the Ocean Earth Corporation (OEC; the Columbia-Venezuela conflict; the League of Arab States; the Falkland Islands; Dominican hurricanes; refugees; travel standards; SPA-44 (I-84); R552; R. S/514; and R598. Correspondents include Under-Secretary-General of Special Political Affairs D. Cordovez; Under-Secretary-General for Political and Security Council Affairs U. A. Ustinov; A. Farah (UN Interim Force in Lebanon); and Deputy Director for the Centre for Human Rights K. F. Nyamekye.

Accession number: 1992/004

Actual series size: 14 boxes
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United Nations Information Center (UNIC) / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Cables

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1981-1988: Cordovez; 1986-1992: Goulding)

Series consists of incoming and outgoing numbered and unnumbered cables, especially those sent by Samir Sanbar, then Chief of Staff of Information Services, Beirut, and L. El-Djoundi, then information officer for the Beirut Information Center. Cables include situation reports and contain information reported in local papers. Subjects include the United Nations position in Beirut; Secretary-General's talks; Soviet initiatives in the Middle East; Israeli-American agreements and support; and the boycott of Egypt and Naqoura talks. Correspondents include Chief of Servic Publications, K. Beaven; UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Commander Maj.-Gen. E. R. Kaira; UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) Chief of Staff Gen. E. A. Erskine; Director, Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs J. C. Aime; Gen. J. O'Callaghan (UNTSO); T. Goksel UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL); and Under-Secretary-General for Public Information Y. Akashi.

Accession number: 1989/110

Actual series size: 5 boxes

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United Nations Middle East Mission (UNMEM) - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1972: Bunche; 1965-1970: Rolz-Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart)

Series consists of press analyses, newspaper translations, press releases, special reports to the French press from the UN Office of Public Information, clear and code cables, notes on meetings and studies. Subjects include the UN administration for Gaza; African Heads of State; the "Big Four" meetings (U.S., U.S.S.R., UK, France; Ambassador Jarring's meetings (Moscow, NY, Middle East); UAR and Israeli complaints; UNCCP tabulation and evaluation of properties abandoned in Israel; the Arab refugee problem; S/Res/242; A/Res/2628 (25th); A/RES/2799 (26th); and A/RES/2949 (27th).

Accession number: 87/180

Actual series size: 5 boxes

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United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1972: Bunche; 1963-1964: Protitch; 1965-1970: Rolz-Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1981-1988: Cordovez)

Series consists of materials documenting the progress of the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), including information reports, incident reports, notes for briefings, strength reports, rotation reports, visit requests, visit and air clearances, casualty briefings, directives, operation information, staff lists, country files, cables, instructions, personnel files and correspondence. Subjects include armed elements, troop movements,and civil defense training; Cypriot relations with the UN; freedom of movement; Yukon supply flights; flag related incidents; Lonelines projects; Operation Mayflower; Ledra palace; and S/RES/54. Correspondents include Under-Secretary-General of Special Political Affairs R. J. Bunche; Special representative of the Secretary-General, Cyprus, Lt. Weckmann-Munoz; UNFICYP Commander Lt.-Gen. D. Prem Chand; and UNFICYP Commander Gen. G. G. Griendel.
Series contains photographs of the Auscon headquarters and the Mayflower Operation, located in the "M" section of the alphabetically arranged series. These photographs are still in glue-backed photograph albums and are in need of archival sleeving.

Accession number 1987/005, boxes 1-14

Actual series size: 52 boxes

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Indo-China - Subject Files

Under-Secretary General, Coordinator - UN Assistance to Indo-China; Zambia; Cape Verde, (1975-1979: Jackson)

Series consists of reports and studies, memoranda, press releases and correspondence related to UN assistance to Indo-China, newspaper clippings and publications on Viet-Nam, Laos and Cambodia, government documents. Series contains material created prior to 1975 and accumulated as background information. Documented are UN relief and rehabilitation activities after the wars in the area have ended, such as relations with donor governments, resettlement of refugees, food provisions and assistance programs, personnel and policy issues. Series contains papers relating to Mekong River Development Project, including reference material, reports and publications on Lower Mekong Rivert Project, and correspondence, working papers, interim and final reports on Pa Mong Dam project. Correspondents include Chef de Cabinet Chakravarthi Narasimhan, Senior Industrial Development Officer Nicky Berendjick, Director of Office of Special Political Affairs Brian Urquhart, High Commissioner for Refugees Sadruddin Aga Khan, Acting Director of Office of Technical Cooperation of Department of Economic and Social Affairs Stig Andersen and Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.

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