- 1991 - 1997
S-1821 contains records concerning the administrative activities of the United Nations Peace Forces (UNPF) and the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).
Division of Administration
The End of Mission Report of the Division of Administration describes the establishment, development and functions of the mission’s administrative sections, as well as problems encountered and lessons learned. Annexes to the report include: summaries of Security Council resolutions relevant to the former Yugoslavia; political and military background information on the conflict; organization charts; and tables and graphs depicting statistical information on the work of the Division of Administration. Also included is the Liquidation Report, which covers topics such as: the sale and disposal of assets, security, finance, personnel, communications, engineering, and transport.
Records pertaining to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) include: updates on political and military issues affecting NATO; summaries of NATO operations; agreements between NATO and the UN regarding cooperation and mutual support; operation plans for the transfer of theatre command authority from UNPROFOR to NATO; and correspondence and reports related to the transfer of supplies and technical assets from UNPROFOR to NATO. There are also records relating to the NATO-led Peace Implementation Force (IFOR), which include: correspondence, reports, and memoranda about the transition of peace-keeping responsibility from UNPROFOR to IFOR and the division of responsibilities between the two forces; and meeting minutes and terms of reference for the UNPF Steering Committee on Transition of Responsibilities in the Former Yugoslavia.
Records pertaining to the Camp Pleso Logistics Base in Zagreb consist of: comments on the Memoranda of Understanding concerning UNPROFOR’s occupancy of the Air Force Base Pleso; a survey of Camp Pleso; ground and building plans and maps; Standard Operating Procedures for the base; reports on physical security and procedures for entry to the base; and reports concerning soil pollution near the Pleso base.
Also included are records pertaining to the Rapid Reaction Force (RRF), which consist of: briefings for and summaries of meetings on winterization; and memoranda, correspondence and reports covering such topics as premises occupied by the RRF, staging facilities, and deployment. Records pertaining to Ploce Port in Croatia consist of: political analyses of Ploce Port operations; summaries of meetings on the use of Ploce Port as an entry point for RRF reinforcements; memoranda on aspects of the Status of Forces Agreement dealing with Ploce Port; reports of visits to Ploce Port by high-level UNPF officials; and ground plans.
Records of the Division of Administration also include: administrative circulars; mission-wide security plans and guidelines; memoranda regarding security plans for the Zagreb area; reports detailing alert stages and alert measures; and minutes of Camp Commandants meetings and ground plans of the Ilica Headquarters in Zagreb.
Chief Administrative Officer
Included are records pertaining to relations with the host countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Yugoslavia. These consist of: correspondence and summaries of meetings between UNPROFOR officials and government officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina; updates on the political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina; summaries of meetings between UNPROFOR officials and members of the Croatian Police; correspondence regarding incidents and procedures at Croatian borders and checkpoints; agreements and Memoranda of Understanding between the United Nations and the Croatian Ministry of Defence; memoranda on regulations for bringing goods into Croatia; reports of logistic fact-finding missions to Macedonia; reconnaissance reports and summaries of meetings on the deployment of troops in Macedonia; minutes of meetings between UNPROFOR officials and government officials of the Republic of Slovenia; correspondence on the movement of UNPROFOR personnel across Slovenian borders; maps of road and rail networks in Slovenia; and correspondence between UNPROFOR officials and government officials of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).
Files on security include: reports on civilian protests at UNPROFOR headquarters; incident reports; security assessments; analyses of mission security plans; memoranda on disciplinary measures and procedures, and on logistics matters in conflict areas.
Also included are records on security activities in the following UNPROFOR-designated sectors: Sector East, Sector North, Sector South, Sector West, and Sector Sarajevo. These records consist of: summaries of visits to sectors by the Chief Administrative Officer, the Chief of Security, and the Force Engineer; summaries of fact-finding missions to sectors; correspondence discussing security aspects of potential locations for headquarters of mission branches; summaries of meetings on boundaries of United Nations Protected Areas (UNPAs); sketches of borders and confrontation lines; and correspondence concerning booby traps set by Croatian Police.
Also included are: reports describing the role and organization of Civil Affairs; correspondence and summaries of meetings of the Commission of Experts, discussing the provision of practical assistance for investigations of mass graves; and correspondence related to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the United Nations and the Government of Croatia.
Chief of Administrative Services
Records pertaining to the Board of Inquiry (BOI) include: procedures for initiating, conducting, investigating and closing BOI cases regarding accidents and incidents; meetings minutes; reports concerning the progression of cases and the roles and responsibilities of BOI personnel; and memoranda and reports on the establishment of the BOI Secretariat and the Standing Review Board.
Records pertaining to the Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) include: memoranda on the funding and deployment of the RRF in Ploce Port, Croatia, and in Bosnia; and correspondence and memoranda about the use of premises by the RRF. Records related to Ploce Port and Split Port cover topics such as lease negotiations, engineering projects, and the use of the Ports by the RRF.
Records pertaining to Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) include briefs on: the application of privileges and immunities; import and export tariffs; the use of premises; and the implications of the SOFA on lease and service contracts.
Records also include: correspondence and reports discussing the transition between UNPF and the Peace Implementation Forces (IFOR); memoranda and reports discussing the withdrawal of the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation (UNCRO) from Croatia; policy briefs and comments on security directives; correspondence and memoranda pertaining to premises used by the mission in Belgrade; briefings, agendas, and summaries for visits to the mission by United Nations officials, foreign dignitaries, and representatives of non-governmental organizations, as well as visitors’ reflections on the experience; and the Troop-Contributing Nations Aide Memoire.
Sector Administrative Officer, Sector South
The Sector Administrative Office of Sector South, headquartered in Knin, Croatia, coordinated the resources of engineering, logistics, technical and administrative support for the Sector South Commander. Records consist of: reports of visits to crossing points in Sector South; operation orders on the monitoring of crossing points; evacuation plans; and Sector South orientation documents. Security files contain correspondence, memoranda and reports on such topics as: measures relating to alert states; the protection of civilians; restrictions on freedom of movement; mine awareness; Sector South headquarters defense; and contingency planning. Also included in the security files are: security situation reports and security orders; minutes of meetings of the Security Committee; statements of vehicle hijacking incidents; and hijacking preventive measures.
Management Review Unit
The Management Review Unit recommended programmes, policies, procedures and structures to improve the managerial efficiency of the mission. Records consist of: papers describing the functions, organization and staffing of divisions and offices, including the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), the Force Commander, Civil Affairs, and Field Administrative Services; and papers pertaining to management communication processes and to the global management of peacekeeping missions, including memoranda and notes on terms of reference, framework design, operational support, and future management strategy. Other records include: memoranda on the organization and functions of air operations; findings of studies undertaken to integrate logistics operations within the mission, particularly within the Military Division; Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for a variety of transport and maintenance issues; organization charts; leases and lists of premises used by the mission in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia; and speeches made at the presentation of the UNPFOR budget to the Advisory Committee for Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) in June 1994.
Division of Administration, End of Mission Report Team
Included are records used to create the End of Mission Report of the Division of Administration. The Chief Administrative Officer’s Weekly Diary contains information about the political and military situation, as well as summaries of local media stories and updates from the Chief Administrative Office, Engineering Services, Integrated Support Services, Field Administration, Sector Administration Offices, and Communications and Information Services. The Historical Chronology includes a guide to political and military events in the former Yugoslavia, and details activities and support requirements of the mission. It also has charts and tables which provide monthly and yearly figures on military strength and civilian staff.
Also included are selected issues of and excerpts from internal mission publications including: UNPF News, UNPROFOR News, and UNPROFOR Magazine. Selected issues of Information Notes, a publication of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), include graphs, maps, and summaries of developments on such topics as: refugee movement and resettlement; aid distribution destinations; frontlines and areas of tension; and social service projects.