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

Series conists of clear cables, code cables and general and administrative files, including correspondence, information on travel arrangements, the text of communiques, country files and UN documents detailing resolutions related to Southern Rhodesia. Countries include Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, the United Kingdom and the United States; files document their relation to Rhodesia. Subjects include parliamentary elections and the UN observer team headed by J. Perez de Cuellar to observe elections; Rhodesia political groups; the Patriotic Front; and Zanu.

Accession number 1986/214

Actual series size: 1 box

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United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) - Cables

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1959: Trevelyn; 1958-1972: Bunche; 1959-1961: Narasimhan; 1962-1963: Loufti; 1963-1964: Protitch; 1965-1970: Rolz- Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer)

Series consists of numbered and unnumbered code and clear cables documenting the progress of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Cables include information on personnel (filling observer vacancies, repatriation, replacements, terminations), civilian-UN incidents and supplies. Subjects include Israeli and Syrian "side" inspections and findings; damage to installations along the Suez Canal and Security Council (SECCO) meetings. Correspondents include Senior Administrative Officer J. Schoellkop; UNTSO Chief of Staff O. Bull; and UNTSO Chief Administrator D. T. Holland.

Accession number: 86/215

Actual series size: 7 boxes

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Subject Files - Special Political Affairs

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 general and administrative files created by the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) and maintained as part of the central files. Series includes correspondence, memorandum, publications, reports from the Secretary-General to the Security Council (SECCO), annual reports, maps and biographies of personnel. Subjects include UN medals; resolutions on satellite broadcasting (1978); proposals on land mines and booby traps; the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR; the Shatt-Al-Arab (the boundary line between Iran and Iraq); Iran's proposal for a nuclear free zone; the International Conference in Kampuchea, Kampuchean relief; and the Addis Ababa peace talk. Correspondents include Under-Secretaries General C. V. Narasimhan and J. Rolz-Bennett.

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.

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

United Nations Mediator for Cyprus

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

Series consists of correspondence, incoming and outgoing clear cables, reports, and working papers of Senior Officer F. T. Liu dealing with the work of the Special Mediator for Cyprus. Subjects include the political situation on Cyprus, Turkish and Greek military, incidents, and background on the crisis. Correspondents include Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche, Senior Officers Brian Urquhart and F.T. Liu, UN Mediators Sakari Tuomioja and Galo Plaza, Cypriot President Makarios, Cypriot Vice-President Kucuk, and the Greek, Turkish, and Cypriot Representatives to the UN.

Accession numbers: 79/55

Actual series size: 2.5 feet

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

UN. Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1956-1992)

Series contains correspondence, reports, and incoming and outgoing code cables. Subjects include relief efforts, education programs, UNRWA staff files, reports to the General Assembly, humanitarian aid and refugee camps. Correspondents include General Michelson, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph J. Bunche, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General Andrew Cordier, Leo Malania, and international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Red Cross, the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO). Other subjects include general human rights in the Middle East. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) - Draft and Text Preparatory Materials

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1972: Bunche; 1959-1961: Narasimhan; 1963-1964: Protich)
Series consists of preparatory files, drafts, final chapters and related correspondence used to produce a book documenting the history of the Congo Operation. Text written by Fou Tchin Liu, then Senior Political Officer to the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Subjects include the incident of 21 November 1960 at Leopoldville; the Kasavuba Delegation; the formation of the Adoula government; the Kitona Agreement; the plan of national reconciliation; and the secession of Katanga. Correspondents include Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs R. J. Bunche.

Accession number: 1987/0006

Actual series size: 6 boxes

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