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

Middle East missions and commissions - records

Series documents the activities of the Jerusalem Municipal Commissioner, the United Nations Truce Commission, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), and the United Nations Palestine Commission (UNPAC), as well as trips made by Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold and others. Records include reports, working papers, correspondence, code and clear cables, and itineraries. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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

Mission of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General in Equatorial Guinea

Series consists of letters, memoranda, mission reports, a report on refugees in Equatorial Guinea to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (copy), agreements between Equatorial Guinea and Spain (regarding technical cooperation, commercial matters and payments (copies), clear cables, numbered code cables, United Nations documents, press clippings, press releases and Secretary-General draft Security Council reports relating to the operations of the mission of the Personal Representative to the Secretary-General to Equatorial Guinea (UNREG). Correspondents include Secretary-General U Thant, representatives of Equatorial Guinea and Spain, the Personal Reprsentative to the Secretary-General Cabellero Tamayo, and United Nations agencies (including the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Mission of the Representative of the Secretary-General in the Dominican Republic (DOMREP) - Subject Files

Administrative history: The duration of the mission was May 1956 to October 1966.

Series documents administrative matters, meetings with representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS), and includes situation updates. Records consist of clear cables, numbered and unnumbered code cables, mission reports, draft progress reports of the Representative of the Secretary-General in the Dominican Republic Jose Antonio Maybre, OAS reports, etc. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Mission of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Cambodia and Thailand - de Ribbing Mission - Subject Files

The task of this mission was to provide good offices in reducing tension between Cambodia and Thailand. The Special Representative was Herbert de Ribbing, and the mission was also known the "de Ribbing Mission." It lasted from August, 1966 to February, 1968.

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, handwritten documents, incoming and outgoing cables, meeting agendas, minutes of meetings, verbatim records of meetings, agreements, treaties, incident reports, personnel reports, General Assembly reports, summaries of statements, annexes, extracts, notes, aides memoires, speeches, translations, press clippings, press releases, transcripts of news conferences, programmes, schedules, itineraries, charts, diagrams, maps, yearbooks, periodicals, vouchers, and routing slips.

Subjects include but are not limited to the following: administration; personnel; budgets; Thai-Burma relationship; Thai-Cambodia relationship; French-Siam relationship; Thai-Cambodian border incidents; frontier incidents; economic situation; political developments; formulation of new government; meetings with Thai and Cambodian government representatives; and closing of mission. Correpondents include U. Thant, Secretary-General; H. de Ribbing, Special Representative of Secretary-General to Cambodia and Thailand; Y. Akashi, Political Affairs Officer, de Ribbing Mission; C.V. Narasimhan, Cabinet Chief, United Nations Headquarters; Jose Rolz-Bennett, Acting Cabinet Chief; Prince Sihanouk of Royal Government of Cambodia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand.

Related Records:

S-0320-de Ribbing Mission records in AG-005-UN Secretary-General U Thant Fonds

Missions and Commissions Records (DAG-13)

contains UNTSO (1950-present), UNTPC (1948) and UNOGIL (1958) working files (DAG-13).

UNTPC:
The Commission's task was to supervise the truce between Arab and Jewish communities. It lasted from April to June 1948.
Included are a copy from the agreement concerning "No Man's Land" in Jerusalem, concluded and signed by the opposing parties on June 16, 1948 during the first truce which began on June 11, 1948; maps of the areas in Jerusalem referred to in the above agreement; and miscellaneous cables, minutes, memoranda, working papers, notes, and a report on the Palestine Question from the files of Pable de Azacarate.

Missions and commissions - records

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, budgets, reports and administrative files relating to the establishment of mission offices, financial planning, pay rates for UN soldiers, working papers, and mission manuals. Missions represented include UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP), the Peace Observation Commission, Missions Coordinating Committee, and Observer Panel I. Correspondents represented include Secretaries-General Trygvie Lie, Dag Hammarskjold, and U Thant. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Missions of the Special Representatives of the Secretary-General in Cambodia and Thailand

Series consists of letters, numbered and unnumbered code cables, clear cables, a situation report by Ambassador Herbert de Ribbing, notes on conversations, and press releases regarding hostilities between Cambodia and Thailand which led to the Secretary-General's decision to send mediators to the area.

This series relates to two missions, one headed by Nils Gussing, Special Representative to the Secretary-General from 1963 to 1964 and the other headed by Ambassdor Herebet de Ribbing, Special Representative to the Secretary-General from 1966 to 1967.

Documented are the mission's itineraries, staff matters, meetings and updates. Correspondents include Chef-de-Cabinet C. V. Narasimhan, Secretaty-General U Thant, Representives of the Permanent Mission of Thailand, Herbert de Ribbing and Nils Gussing.

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