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United Nations Suez Canal Clearance Operations (UNSCO) - Subject Files

The United Nations Suez Clearance Operations (UNSCO) task was to restore the Suez Canal to operating condition after it was blocked by debris as a result of the 1956 Israel/Egypt War. UNSCO operated between December 1956 and April 1957.

Included are correspondence, reports, working papers, clippings, press releases; and salvage lists, maps and charts showing wreck locations and UNSCO operations.
These concern the dredging of the canal; rehabilitation of maintenance workshops, restoration of navigational lighting and telecommunications; and the resumption of canal traffic.

Series consists of correspondence, cables, memoranda and draft memoranda, report outlines, surveys and survey reports, field operations reports, weekly reports, summary reports, final progress reports, reports of conversations, chronologies, indexes, appendices, schedules, lists, logs, inventories, diaries, aide-memoires, handwritten notes, tables, diagrams, floor plans, blueprints, photographs, receipts, invoices, transmittal sheets, biographical notes, press reports, press releases, press clippings, dictionaries, technical manuals, reprints of conference papers, periodical publications, business cards, and company catalogues and brochures relating to the administration and operations of the Suez Canal clearance operations.

Subjects include but are not limited to the following: salvage fleets; salvaged wrecks and other property; telecommunications; electrical equipment and installation; floating apparatus; activities of the British Admiralty and the Anglo-French Fleet; administrative, personnel and financial matters; agreements with the Egyptian government; compensation to Suez Canal shareholders; salvors' rights; the Civil-Watch Unit; returned vessels to owners; policy negotiations; subcontractors; canal dues; damages to workshops; and local shipping agents.

Correspondents include Dag Hammerskjold, UN Secretary-General; Lieutenant-General R. A. Wheeler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General; Alfred George Katzin, UN Deputy Under-Secretary; Colonel Mahmoud Younis, Engineer, Member of the Director's Office, Suez Canal Authority, Ismailia; Major M. Haaksalo, UN Civil Watch; Harry Howell of Howell and Co.; D. G. Sullivan, Chief Administrative Office, UNSCO; George Lansky, Chief, Field Operation Service; M. Sobhi, Engineer, Head of Transmission Section, Suez Canal Authority; Charles Barton Reynolds, Engineer, International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation.

United Nations Suez Canal Operations (UNSCO) - Correspondence

Office of the Secretary-General: Special Political Affairs Section: United Nations Suez Canal Operations (UNSCO)

Series consists of correspondence, cables, telegrams, memoranda, meeting reports, aide-memoires, bibliographies, lists, invoices, brochures, business cards, tables, and diagrams relating to the administration and operations of the Suez Canal clearance operations. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: negotiations between the French government and the Suez Canal Company over the salvage of the Statue of Ferdinand de Lessop; specifications of salvage equipment; transit dues; pilot fees; and offers of assistance to UNSCO from various organizations and private companies. Correspondents include Dag Hammerskjold, UN Secretary-General; Lt. General R. A. Wheeler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General; D. G. Sullivan, Chief Administration Officer, UNSCO; Alfred George Katzin, UN Deputy Under-Secretary; Colonel Mahmoud Younis, Engineer, Member of the Director's Office, Suez Canal Authority, Ismailia; and Claude Boillot, Suez Canal Company.

United Nations Temporary Executive Authority in West New Guinea - West Irian - UNTEA

Series consists of clear cables, numbered code cables, letters, memoranda, UNTEA administrative reports, reports of the Administrator, and peace agreements between Indonesia and the Netherlands - copies, relating to the legal, military, personnel, organizational, policy matters, and progress updates associated with UNTEA. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

United Nations Temporary Executive Authority in West New Guinea [West Irian] (UNTEA)

Series consists of code cables, cables, itineraries, newspaper clippings, letters, reports, speeches, translations, minutes of meetings, press releases, biographical notes, bulletins, transcript of press conferences, background papers, transcript of a radio address. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: responsibilities and actions of UNTEA; Netherlands-Indonesian Agreement; cease-fire arrangements; appointment of Jose Rolz-Bennett as Temporary Administrator in West Irian; Rolz-Bennett Reports on cease-fire arrangements, deployment of UN Security Force, repatriation, political and security problems; implementation of Netherlands-Indonesian Agreement; proposal to send UN observers; appointment of Dr. Djalal Abdoh of Iran as Administrator of West Irian; breakdown of UNTEA officials by nationality; situation in the Middle East; election of Secretary-General to replace Dag Hammarskjold. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; C.V. Narasimhan, Chef de Cabinet; Brigadier General I.J. Rikhye, UNTEA; Dr. J.E. Quay, Prime Minister, Netherlands; Djalal Abdoh, Administrator, UNTEA; Mr. Engers. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
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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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United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) - Chief of Staff Weekly Reports

Series maintained by the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General, Andrew Cordier, until 1961, then by the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Ralph Bunche, who also served as Acting Mediator for Palestine. Records consist of weekly summary reports from the Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) related to events under his command. Correspondents include Secretaries-General Trygve Lie, Dag Hammarskjold, and U Thant, as well as UNTSO Chiefs-of-Staff William Riley, Vagn Bennike, E.L.M. Burns, Carl C. von Horn, and Odd Bull. Arranged chronologically.

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) - Clear Cables

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

Series consists of clear cables from the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) which was staffed by UN Military Observers (UNMO's) and responsible for maintaining peace between Israel and Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan. Subjects include administration, staff changes, requests for instructions, updates on the local situation, incident reports, updates on the 1973 Middle East war, and situation reports. Subjects also include the UNCC. Correspondents include Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Under-Secretaries-General for Special Political Affairs Roberto Guyer and Brian Urquhart, and UNTSO Chief of Staff Ensio Siilasvuo.

Accession numbers unknown

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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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