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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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de Ribbing Mission

UN. Secretary-General (1959-1962 : Hammarskjold)
UN. Secretary-General (1962-1972 : U Thant)

Series consist of letters, memoranda, code and clear cables, reports, background notes, selected newspaper pages and maps of Saudi Arabia relating to the investigation of the Buraimi question, including complaints of Saudi Arabia, meetings of the Secretary-General's Special Representative Herbert de Ribbing with representatives of the Iman of Oman and the United Kingdom, refugee registration procedures and findings reported to the Secretary-General. Primary correspondents include Abdel Rahman Azzam of Saudi Arabia, Andrew Cordier, Dag Hammarskjold, Jose Rolz-Bennet, U Thant and Jan van Wyck.

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 Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM) code cables

UN. Executive Office of the Secretary-General

Series consists of incoming and outgoing numbered code cables (signed original) relating to military, political and administrative matters, including operations, deployment, rotation and withdrawal of military observers, incidents, disengagement negotiations, the formation and functioning of the mission, the suspension of Saudi Arabia's aid to Yemen, instructions on press statements, finance, personnel and miscellaneous general services. Correspondence is between top echelelon officials in Headquarters and UNYOM military commanders.

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United Nations Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM)

Office for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972 : Bunche)

Series consists of code and clear cables, letters, memoranda, reports, newspaper clippings and selected United Nations documents relating relating to the implementation of the disengagement agreement signed by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, General Assembly and Security Council meetings, operations, allegations on the use of poison gas, request for military assistance, recruitment of military observers, military instrcutions, Ralph Bunche's visit to Sanaa as the Secetary-General's personal representatives, Lt. Gen. Carl von Horn's trip to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Kingdom and and functioning of the mission, the resignation of

Office for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972 : Bunche)

Series consists of code and clear cables, letters, memoranda, reports, newspaper clippings and selected United Nations documents relating relating to the implementation of the disengagement agreement signed by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, General Assembly and Security Council meetings, operations, allegations on the use of poison gas, request for military assistance, recruitment of military observers, military instrcutions, Ralph Bunche's visit to Sanaa as the Secetary-General's personal representatives, Lt. Gen. Carl von Horn's trip to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Kingdom and and functioning of the mission, the resignation of

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) - Subject Files

Series was created, in large part, by Andrew Cordier, who served as Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General 1946-1961. Subsequently a couple of files were added by Ralph Bunche in his capacity as Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972). Records include correspondence, incoming and outgoing code cables, incoming and outgoing clear cables, administrative files, reports, photographs, and maps related to the activities of the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in the Middle East. Documented are administrative matters, incidents, political matters, the status of UNTSO within the area, activities of the Mixed Armistice Commissions (MAC's), the establishment of Government House, truce negotiations, and regional conflicts in 1948, 1956, and 1967. Correspondents include Acting UN Mediator for Palestine Ralph J. Bunche, Assistant to the Executive Assistant Leo Malania, and UNTSO Chiefs of Staff William Riley, Vagn Bennike, E.L.M. Burns, and Carl C. von Horn. Arranged in approximate alphabetical sequence.

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.

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) - Subject Files

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; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar)

Series consists of clear cables, military staff lists, situation reports, SOPs, lists of military officers (South Lebanon), correspondence of the Secretary General, requests for purchases, service efficiency reports, incident reports and country files documenting the progress of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Subjects include the Bedouin buffer zone; the Egyptian surveillance station; incidents in South Lebanon; scheduled flights; the armistice demarcation line; ILMAC (Israel-Lebanese Mixed Armistice Commission; the Suez sector; Operation Mike (OPMIKE); Operation Charlie (OPCHARLIE); and the papal visit of 1963. Correspondence includes exchanges between Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim and then president of the Security Council Mansur Rashid Kikhin. Other correspondents include Military Liason Officer L. Koho; Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs R. J. Bunche; and UNTSO Chief of Staff O. Bull.
Subjects of photographs found in this series include Egyptian prisoners and guards, shell damage and ruined UN vehicles.

Accession number: 1987/005, boxes 18-19, 1989/028, 1985/074

Actual series size: 9 boxes

Existence and location of copies: The archives has a complete copy of the series in triplicate (PDF, TIFF, and GIF formats) on 6 CD-Rs, located at FF123-R020-SU08 in 1 box.

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United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) - Mixed Armistice Commission (MAC) records

Series created and maintained until 1961 by Andrew Cordier, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General, and subsequently by Ralph Bunche, the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs who also served as Acting Mediator for Palestine. Records include correspondence, statistics, photographs, incoming and outgoing clear cables, and reports relating to the activities of the Mixed Armistice Commissions (MAC's): Israel-Syria MAC (ISMAC), Israel-Lebanon MAC (ILMAC), Egypt-Israel MAC (EIMAC), and Hashemite Jordan Kingdom-Israel MAC (HJK-I-MAC). Correspondents include Secretaries-General Trygve Lie, Dag Hammarskjold, and U Thant, as well as Israeli ambassador Abba Eban, UNTSO Chiefs-of-Staff William Riley, Vagn Bennike, E.L.M. Burns, Carl C. von Horn, and Odd Bull. Arranged by commission, and therein by subject.

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) - Code Cable Correspondence with Chief of Staff

Series was created until 1961 by Andrew Cordier, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General, and by Ralph Bunche, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Documented are administrative matters as well as incidents, patrols, the local political situation, armistice negotiations, and the operations of the Mixed Armistice Commissions, Correspondents include Secretaries-General Trygve Lie, Dag Hammarskjold, U Thant, Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan, UNTSO Chiefs of Staff William Riley, E.L.M. Burns, Carl C. von Horn, Vagn Bennike, and Odd Bull. Arranged chronologically.

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