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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series English
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Indian Sub-Continent - Subject Files

Under-Secretary General for UNROD/UNROB (1972-1974:Jackson)

Series consists of personal workfiles of Sir Robert Jackson, reports by various UN and diplomatic officials, notes, minutes of meetings, plans and requirements for assistance and aid to Bangladesh and Pakistan, progress reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, photographs, invoices, letters, clear and code cables. Documented are flood relief and reconstruction in Pakistan, repatriation and resettlement of refugees in Pakistan and Bangladesh, development of agriculture and transportation, food shipments, and Chalna Port Shipwreck clearance. Documents created prior to 1972 relate to prior activities in the area and were accumulated as background information. Records created after 1974 contain correspondence related to residual funds from UNROB, staff and policy issues, reports on the continuation of food shipments. Correspondents include Senior Industrial Development Officer Nicky Berendjick, Chef-de Cabinet Chakravarthi Narasimhan, and Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.

Political Commissions and Related Records

Series created by Executive Assistant Andrew Cordier, and later by Ralph Bunche, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Records types are letters, memoranda, clear cables, numbered code cables, mission administrative reports, press releases, press clippings, and United Nations documents relating to the administration of various missions. Missions documented include - UN Commission on the Racial Situation in the Union of South Africa (UNCORS), UN Commission to Investigate Conditions for Free Elections in Germany, and the mission of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General in Laos. Also included is an observation report on the Togoland Plebiscite by Shiv K. Shastri (copy), one administration clear cable relating to the Cameroons Plebiscite and four administrative clear cables relating to the Accra Plebiscite. Correspondence includes Andrew Cordier, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, the Principal Secretaries of these missions (inluding J.A. Romanos for UNCORS, and Carl Jakhelin for Laos). Arranged alphabetically.

United Nations Relief Operations Dacca (UNROD) - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1971-1975: Guyer)

Series consists of correspondence, incoming and outgoing clear cables, memoranda, and reports relating to the UN's food relief operations in Dacca, East Pakistan before, during, and after the war between India and Pakistan, and is divided into five major subject categories as follows: a) administration, including communications, transportation, clearance of the Chalna port, and policies and procedures; b) staff, including files on senior and lower echelon staff members, as well as some substantive material on the various special representatives; c) donors, including appeals and meetings with countries donating to relief efforts; d) general, including press reports and clippings; e) reports, including progress updates and Special Representative Toni Hagen's reports on disaster relief. Correspondents include Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Roberto Guyer, Special Officer F.T. Liu, Mission Commanders Victor Umbricht, Sir Robert Jackson, and Francis Lacoste, and High Commissioner for Refugees Ambassador Erna Sailer.

Accession numbers: A/754; 77/207

Mission Files

UN. Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972)
Senior Political Officer to Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1962-1967 - Liu)

Series consists of correspondence, news clippings, and press excerpts on various missions collected by F.T. Liu. Subjects include United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, United Nations Forces in Cyprus, Israel-Lebanon Mixed Armistice Commission, and the Special Mission to Bahrain. Correspondents include Secretary-General U Thant, Under-Secretaries-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche and Roberto Guyer, Senior Officers Brian Urquhart and F.T. Liu, and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to Bahrain V. Winspeare Gucciardi.

Accession numbers - 79/55

Actual series size - .5 feet

Special Mission to the Republic of Guinea

Series consists of letters, clear cables, numbered code cables, situation reports, mission reports, press releases, and Secretary-General draft statements relating to the operations of the Special Mission to the Republic of Guinea, including terms of reference and mission updates. Correspondents include Secretary-General U Thant, Rolz-Bennett, and Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan, representatives of the Republic of Guinea (including the President), mission representatives (including Dantas de Brita), and United Nations Organizations (including the United Nations Development Programme and UN Information Centre in Cairo). Arranged alphabetically by subject.

United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) - Reports

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972)

Series consists of draft and final reports on the political and military situation between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, including those of the Secretary-General's Special Representative and the Secretary-General's to the Security Council. Subjects include press coverage in Ankara, Turkey, weekly information from the headquarters of the UN Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP), cease-fire violations, and UN Civilian Police (UNCIVPOL) activities. Correspondents include Secretary-General U Thant, Under-Secretaries-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche, Jose Rolz-Bennett, and Brian Urquhart, and UN Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in Turkey Eric Ward.

Accession numbers: 80/38

United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) - Correspondence

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1975)

Series consists of correspondence with the parties to the disputes in Cyprus, particularly the permanent representatives of Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. Subjects include complaints of airspace violations, attacks, military operations, economic issues, minority rights, and national army contingents and their rotations. Correspondents include Permanent Representatives to the UN of Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey, as well as the permanent representatives of countries supplying troops to UNFICYP. Other correspondents include Cypriot President Archbishop Makarios, Cypriot Vice-President Kucuk, UNFICYP headquarters military and civilian staff, Secretaries-General U Thant and Kurt Waldheim, and Under-Secretaries-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche and Jose Rolz-Bennett.

Accession numbers: 80/38, 80/70

United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1974)

Series consists of correspondence, incoming and outgoing clear and code cables, and memoranda dealing with five basic groups of subjects: a) legal issues, including the Cypriot constitution, protection of cultural property, and land use; b) visits, including tours of the area by VIP's and non-UN military observers, as well as by UN officials; c) administration, including policy directives and operating procedures; d) military, including troop rotation and leave, general orders, and logistics; e) political, including UNFICYP presence and strength, elections, and office holders. Correspondents include Secretaries-General U Thant and Kurt Waldheim, Under-Secretaries-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche and Jose Rolz-Bennett, Special Representative Bibiano Osorio-Tafali, UNFICYP Commanders Ilmari Martola and Dewan Chand.

Accession numbers: 80/38, 80/70

Middle East War of 1956 - correspondence

Series documents the 1956 war between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai desert and the military action of France and England for control over the Suez Canal, including actions by the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) and the first UN Emergency Force (UNEF I) during the conflicts. Records include correspondence, press clippings, and cables. Correspondents are Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General Andrew Cordier, UNTSO Acting Chief of Staff Byron V. Leary, and UNEF Chief of Staff E.L.M. Burns. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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