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Office of the Force Commander - Return of Kuwaiti Property and Missing Persons

Series documents the return of Kuwaiti property taken by Iraq following its invasion of the country in 1990. Materials returned include those removed from the Kuwaiti national archives, national museum, and central library, such as documents, paintings, archaeological objects, laboratory equipment, and books. Specifically, the return of items from the Kuwaiti archives was headed by J. Richard Foran, Assistant Secretary-General for General Services. Documents contained in the series include press releases, emails, inter-office memoranda, letters, and meeting minutes. Subjects covered: handover procedures and locations, engineering, logistics, and security. A small number of records pertains to repatriation of Kuwaiti nationals. Files arranged by subject and chronologically therein.

Title based on series contents.

Office of the Force Commander - Operational Subject Files

Operational subject files of the Office of the Force Commander. Records include: minutes of meetings with governments and various agencies, correspondence with Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities, situation reports, Board of Inquiry cases, Force Commander directives and instructions, standard operating procedures for UNIKOM sectors, reports on humanitarian situation, legal adviser opinions, and UNIKOM evacuation plans. Files at beginning of series are dated chiefly 2000 to 2003 and arranged by subject classification number. Files at end of series, dated 1992 to 2003, are arranged in no apparent order.

Title based on series contents.

Series includes later correspondences and minutes of meetings that serve as a continuation of the contents of series S-0939 and S-0940, respectively.

Office of the Force Commander - Boundary Demarcation Commission

Series documents the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission's (IKBDC) mapping of the Iraq-Kuwait border and implementation of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) along this frontier following the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Subjects covered include land survey, mine clearance, procurement of equipment, engineering, contracting, security, and coordination with UNIKOM. Document types include notes verbales, inter-office memoranda, press releases, minutes of meetings with government authorities, committee on contracts meeting minutes, operations briefs, progress reports, timelines, and newspaper articles. Files arranged chronologically.

Title based on series contents.

Office of the Force Commander - Incidents, Complaints and Violations

Series contains records related to incidents and violations in the DMZ, and formal complaints filed by Kuwait and Iraqi authorities to UNIKOM. Record types include standard letters, notes verbales, Board of Inquiry convening orders, memoranda, meeting minutes, liaison office periodic summaries, occurrence reports, situation reports, and newspaper clippings. Subjects include shooting incidents, aggression toward UNIKOM personnel, illegal border crossings, asylum seekers, police deployment in the DMZ. All but first three files arranged by case report number.

Title based on series contents.

Office of the Force Commander - Liaison Offices, Patrol & Observation Bases, and Kheitan Support Centre

Series chiefly consists of files relating to the activities of UNIKOM Liaison Office - Baghdad (LO-B) and Liaison Office - Kuwait (LO-K). Included also are files pertaining to the Iraqi Liaison Office in Umm Qasr, which liaised with UNIKOM's Liaison Team - Umm Qasr (LTQ); UNIKOM's Kheitan Support Centre, to which LO-K was relocated on 29 May 1995; and UNIKOM patrol & observation bases (POBs). Records consist of standard letters, notes verbales, inter-office memoranda, press releases, meeting minutes, situation reports, Board of Inquiry reports, and Force Commander directives. A significant number of correspondences are between Chief Military Officer / Force Commander and Iraqi or Kuwaiti authorities, transmitted via LO-B or LO-K, respectively. Subjects include: border crossings, protection of Iraqi-Saudi pipeline, deployment of border police, night patrols, violations of ceasefire, evacuation of injured Iraqi civilians from DMZ, mine clearance and related incidents, detention of foreign nationals, return of property, photography in the DMZ, visits to the DMZ by foreign dignitaries and journalists, alleged smuggling, and missing persons. Records arranged by office / agency and chronologically therein.

Title based on series contents.

Office of the Force Commander - Minutes of Meetings

Series contains chiefly minutes and supporting documents (correspondence, inter-office memoranda, pre-meeting briefs, etc.) of meetings between UNIKOM officials and Iraqi or Kuwaiti authorities. Iraqi authorities include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Coordinating Committee with the United Nations Observer Group (CC), the Ministry of Industry and Minerals, the Senior Iraqi Liaison Officer (SILO) in Umm Qasr and the governor of Basra. Kuwaiti authorities include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Interior International Organizations Liaison Office (IOLO) and the Kuwaiti army. Other records in the series consist of minutes and supporting documents of meetings between UNIKOM or other UN officials and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), foreign government representatives in Iraq, United Nations regional missions, or the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Subjects covered include: redeployment of border posts, activities of the Boundary Demarcation Commission, status of mission agreements, arrests, visits, employment of local personnel, medical support issues, mine clearance, sea traffic in the DMZ, border violations, administrative matters, retrieval of property, return of missing persons, coast guard patrols, alleged cease-fire violations, civilian demonstrations, alleged smuggling, displaced persons camp in DMZ, photography in the DMZ, Bangladeshi infantry battalion (BANBAT), repatriation of human remains, UNIKOM military observer (MILOB) conduct,construction of trench, oil-for-food programme, security, fishing industry, and contracts. Series divided into two sub-series - Iraq and Kuwait - and chiefly arranged chronologically therein. Other meeting minutes are interspersed throughout both sub-series.

Title based on series contents.

Additional meeting minutes, up to the year 2001, are located in Series S-0945, Operational subject files.

Force Commander - Correspondence with Iraq, Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council

Series contains correspondences between UNIKOM and Iraq, Kuwait, and to a lesser extent, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The principal liaising organ in Iraq was the Coordinating Committee with the United Nations Observer Group (CC), also known as the Higher Committee for Coordination of the Republic of Iraq. UNIKOM also regularly corresponded with Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Senior Iraqi Liaison Officer (SILO), the latter stationed in Umm Qasr. In Kuwait, UNIKOM liaised chiefly with the Ministry of Interior International Organizations Liaison Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of International Organizations. Outgoing letters chiefly signed by UNIKOM Chief Military Officer / Force Commander (CMO / FC); others from Deputy Chief Military Officer (DCMO)/Chief of Staff (COS) or Chief Operations Officer (COO). Letters to/from Iraq transmitted via Liaison Office-Baghdad; those sent to/from Kuwait transmitted via Liaison Office-Kuwait (Kuwait City). Subjects covered include: alleged violations of the cease-fire agreement, border crossings, general maintenance issues (construction, post, telephone, electricity, water, radio), demarcation of maritime boundary, oil-for-food programme, mine clearance, smuggling allegations, UNIKOM safety and security, press visits to the DMZ, recovery of property, use of photography in the DMZ, visas, detained foreign nationals, missing persons, and induction of Bangladeshi infantry battalion (BANBAT). Letters grouped by corresponding authority (Iraq, GCC, and Kuwait, in this order), and with the exception of the series' last file, further subdivided into outgoing and incoming correspondence, which are arranged chronologically (NB: exceptions occur regularly). Copies of referenced letters or related documents (memoranda, reports, minutes of meetings, news clippings, situation reports, etc.) follow the principal correspondence. Incoming letters from all authorities in Arabic with English translations provided.

Title based on series contents.

Additional correspondence between UNIKOM and Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities, up to the year 2001, is located in Series S-0945, Operational subject files.

Office of the Executive Director

Series consists of incoming and outgoing cable exchanges with United Nations New York, of "Information Circulars" which were issued by the Executive Director for the staff of the Temporary London Office (Mar. to Oct. 1946), and two additional files, one of them containing the floor plans of the Church House facility (dated 1941). Arranged in the order cited, and therein chronologically.

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