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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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UN. Under-Secretary General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972: Bunche; 1971-1979: Guyer)

Series consists of incoming and outgoing clear and code cables, articles, newsclippings, photographs, correspondence, and press releases regarding the Secretariat. Included are records relating to its organization and staff, Secretary-General's annual reports, information on the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), records regarding the memorial service of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, and newspaper clippings on the death of Secretary-General U Thant. Also included are records pertaining to the trips or diplomatic visits taken by the Secretary-General to places such as Geneva, Costa Rica, Switzerland, and Addis Ababa; press releases and cables on the ceremonies in San Francisco marking the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter; and the First International Conference on Human Rights in Teheran, April 1968. Correspondents include Secretary-General U Thant, Chef de Cabinet C. V. Narasimhan, Under-Secretary-in-Charge of Congo Civilian Affairs Ralph Bunche, Resident Representative, Director of Special Fund Programmes Gustavo Duran and President Richard Nixon. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) - Correspondence with Chief Military Observer

Series created by Executive Assistant Andrew Cordier, then later by Ralph Bunche, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Records include letters, clear cables, numbered code cables, draft statements, Pakistani government press releases, news clippings, notes to file, maps of cease-fire line and Nekowal area, United Nations documents, and other miscellany, relating to UNMOGIP. A variety of issues, many of which are of a confidential nature, are described within the correspondence in considerable detail, including: military events in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, the application of the "cease-fire" agreement, activities of the Military Observers, and the assignments of the Military Observers. In addition to the Chief Military Observer (a few of whose letters are handwritten), other correspondents include: UNMOGIP officials, the head of UNRIP, the head of the Field Operations Service, the head of the Purchase and Transportataion Division, and the United States mission to the United Nations. Arranged chronologically.

Various Countries and Organizations

Series consists of a variety of records (letters, memoranda, clear cables, numbered code cables, press releases, news clippings, etc.). Includes text of 1959 U Thant speech and correspondence relating to Pope Paul VI's visit to the United Nations. Correspondents include C. V. Narasimhan, Jose Rolz-Bennett, U Thant, and representatives of the various countries and organizations (e.g., the Vatican, the Holy See and the International labor Organization). Arranged alphabetically by country.

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) - Subject Files

Series consists of letters, memoranda, clear and code cables, reports, minutes, name lists, notes, newspaper clippings, selected United Nations published documents and photographs of border posts and demilitarized zones (b & w, 220 3x5, 199 6x8, 9 8x12) relating to political, military and administrative matters, including ceasefire negotiations, breaches of ceasefire agreements, incidents at observation posts and demilitarized zones, meetings of various armistice commissions, the Suez Canal navigation, the demilitarization of Mount Scopus, the exchange of prisoners of war, the Secretary-General's statements and reports to the Security Council and the General Assembly, visits of Ralph Bunche to the Middle East, David Susskind's interviews with Abba Eban from 1967 to 1969, property claims, communications and transport, equipment and supplies, personnel and miscellaneous general services. Primary correspondents include Lieutenant-General Edson Burns, Ralph Bunche, Andrew Cordier, Dag Hammarskjold, Colonel Byron Leary, Lieutenant-General Odd Bull and Major-General Carl von Horn.

Existence and location of copies: The archives has a complete copy of the series in triplicate (PDF, TIFF, and GIF formats) on 35 CD-Rs, in box S-0312-0033.

Conflicts Between India and Pakistan - Code Cables

Series consists of Jose Rolz-Bennett's set of numbered and unnumbered code cables, some marked "only", regarding the 1965 conflicts in India and Pakistan and the two observer missions in the area, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) dating from 1948 and the UN India-Pakistan Observer Mission (UNIPOM) newly established in response to the crisis. Documented are Mission operations such as daily "incident" updates, and weekly "situation reports" and some administration such as staff assignments and budget concerns. Correspondents include Under-Secretary-General Ralph Bunche, Jose Rolz-Bennett, various United Nations officials including Secretary-General U Thant (while in New Delhi), Major-General B. MacDonald (Chief Officer of UNIPOM), and Lieutenant-General R. Nimmo (Chief Military Observer of UNMOGIP). Arranged chronologically.

Laos Missions - J.F. Engers - Subject Files

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

Series consists of incoming and outgoing code and clear cables, correspondence, memoranda, transcripts, and committee papers. Subjects include the Security Council Subcommittee Mission, created in response to Laotian complaints of Vietnamese incursions. Also included is correspondence to the UN mission to Laos involving administrative issues such as personnel shifts, financial matters, investigations of complaints and interviews of witnesses, protocol and technical assistance, and radio broadcasts. Correspondents include Secretaries-General U Thant and Dag Hammarskjold, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General Andrew Cordier, Special Officer J.F. Engers, and Special Envoy Sakari Tuomioja.

Accession numbers: A/458; 65/104; A/571.

Actual series size: 4.5 feet

Africa, Asia, and Far East - J.F. Engers' - Subject Files

UN. Executive Assistant to the SG (1948-1961)
UN. Office for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972)

Series consists of correspondence, notes, periodicals, and invitations to special functions relating to missions to Africa, Asia and the Far East including the missions of UN Representative Frank Graham and Ambassador Gunnar Jarring to India and Pakistan. Other subjects include Indonesian nationalism, Gambia, and UN relations with South Africa. Correspondents include Secretary-General U Thant, Special Officer J.F. Engers, Ambassador Gunnar Jarring, and UN Representative Frank Graham.

Accession numbers unknown

United Nations Military Observers (UNMO) - Correspondence

UN. Executive Assistant to the SG (1946-1961)
UN. Chef de Cabinet (1961-1973)
UN. Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1956-1992)

Series consists of letters relating to the UN Truce Supervision Operation's (UNTSO) assignment and administration of military observers (UNMO) of each participating country (or Military Contingent) such as assignment to UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and Tours of Duty. Series also contains pouch lists with correspondence listed by date and country. Correspondence is between Andrew Cordier of the Secretary-general's office, Ralph Bunche, Roberto Guyer, F.T. Liu, and Brian Urquhart of the Office for Special Political Affairs and with top UNTSO echelon staff such as Chiefs of Staff E.L.M. Burns, William Riley, Carl C. von Horn, and Bengt Liljestrand, and also with the permanent representatives of the countries providing observers for UNSTO.

Accession Numbers: Accession 79/132; A/780; 79/55; A/588

Former series location: DAG-1/2.1.4, boxes 24-26

keyword: Middle East

East Pakistan/Pakistan/India - Cables

UN. Office for Special Political Affairs (1971-1974: Guyer)

Series consists of incoming and outgoing clear and code cables relating to the Indian subcontinent. Subjects include the military situation, armistices, relief efforts, and the UN East Pakistan Relief Operations (UNEPRO). Correspondents include Secretaries-General U Thant and Kurt Waldheim, Under-Secretaries-General Roberto Guyer and Brian Urquhart, UN relief officials Toni Hagen and Sir Robert Jackson, and High Commissioner for Refugees Ismat Kittani.

Accession numbers: A/754; 77/207

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