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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) - Mixed Armistice Commission (MAC) records

Series created and maintained until 1961 by Andrew Cordier, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General, and subsequently by Ralph Bunche, the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs who also served as Acting Mediator for Palestine. Records include correspondence, statistics, photographs, incoming and outgoing clear cables, and reports relating to the activities of the Mixed Armistice Commissions (MAC's): Israel-Syria MAC (ISMAC), Israel-Lebanon MAC (ILMAC), Egypt-Israel MAC (EIMAC), and Hashemite Jordan Kingdom-Israel MAC (HJK-I-MAC). Correspondents include Secretaries-General Trygve Lie, Dag Hammarskjold, and U Thant, as well as Israeli ambassador Abba Eban, UNTSO Chiefs-of-Staff William Riley, Vagn Bennike, E.L.M. Burns, Carl C. von Horn, and Odd Bull. Arranged by commission, and therein by subject.

First United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF I) - subject files

Series includes background files on the 1956 conflict, copiees of local troops newsletters, and documents administrative matters. Correspondents include Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche, UNEF Commander E. L. M. Burns, UNTSO Acting Chief of Staff Byron V. Leary, Cairo Officer E.S. Reddy, and the permanent representatives of countries supplying troops to UNEF. Arranged alphabetically by subject, and therein chronologically.

Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim - Political - country files - Middle East

Series is comprised of documents related to United Nations diplomacy and peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, particularly Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and the West Bank. Historical and subject files contain correspondence, reports, statements, cables and press clippings related to the Egypt/Israel disengagement agreements, the Israel/Syria Disengagement Agreement (1974), Camp David agreements, the Cairo Conference (1978), and the Secretary-General's and Brian Urquhart's trips to the Middle East. Files regarding the hijacking of aircraft, assassination attempts and terrorism are included, as well as files pertaining to the Wadi al Ayn incident in south Lebanon (1980) and other incidents. Series also includes subject files, clear cables and code cables of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the United Nations Emergency Force (I and II), the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), and the United Nations Middle East Mission (UNMEM). The series also includes subject files concerning Sadruddin Aga Khan's mission in Lebanon; correspondence and statements of the Palestine Liberation Organization; ground plans, maps, photographs and documents concerning the assault on Government House in Jerusalem in 1967; and records pertaining to the mission in Jerusalem of Ernest A. Thalmann, Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

Series documents the efforts of the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) to safeguard the sovereignty of the Cyprus government during a period of armed conflict between Turkish and Greek Cypriots. Included are records that document the political and military situation on the island as well as UNFICYP Intercommunal Talks (1971-1982). Records include code cables, letters, press clippings, and photographs. Correspondence via code cable between Turk, Greek, Cypriot and UN officials comprise the bulk of the series. Arranged in the following broad categories: code cables, correspondence, and subject files, which include records that document incidents and episodes.

Political Events in West New Guinea (West Irian)

Series consists of records evidently collected for the use of Fernando Ortiz-Sanz (Special Representative for the Act of Free Choice in West Irian). Records include letters, memoranda, clear cables, United Nations official documents, press releases, and press clippings. Included are original letters of protest against and in support of the Indonesian regime, and the final conclusions (copy) of the UN Temporary Executive Authority in West New Guinea (West Irian) (UNTEA) Administrator Djalal Abdoh. Correspondents include Jose Rolz-Bennett, UNTEA Administrator Djalal Abdoh, Resident Representative of the UN Technical Assistance Board Vojko P. Pavicic, and West New Guinea government officials and political group. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Office of the Under Secretary General - Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA)

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs

Series consists of plans, reports, minutes, and memos. Subjects include the UN General Assembly, budget & finance, receptions for visiting dignitaries, and staff matters. Also included are humanitarian issues such as the situation of Jewish communities in the Soviet Union and Arab countries and prisoners of war, mostly in the Middle East. Correspondents include Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Under-Secretaries-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph J. Bunche, Brian Urquhart, and the International Red Cross.

Actual series size: 1.5 feet.

Laos Mission - J.F. Engers' - Cables

UN. Office for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972)

Series consists of incoming and outgoing clear and code cables and press cables. Subjects include administration of the UN mission to Laos, peace negotiations between Laos and Vietnam over border incidents, economic and technical aid to Laos, and the Laotian political situation. Other subjects include the Economic Commission on Asia. Correspondents include Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General Andrew Cordier and Special Officer J.F. Engers.

Accession numbers unknown.


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.

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