TELEGRAM FROM ALEKSEEV TO USSR FOREIGN MINISTRYCITATION SHARE DOWNLOAD
get citationAlekseev gives the details of a meeting with U Thant, a meeting that took place as a result of Cuban refusal to allow U Thant and his advisers to view the dismantling of military sites."Telegram from Alekseev to USSR Foreign Ministry" October 31, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archive of Foreign Policy, Russian Federation (AVP RF), Moscow; copy obtained by NHK (Japanese Television), provided to CWIHP, and on file at National Security Archive, Washington, D.C.; translation by John Henriksen, Harvard University http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112641
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After we learned that the Cubans will not permit U Thant and his advisors to visit the dismantling of military sites, and honoring Rikhye's request to meet with the Soviet general, Comrade Pavlov [Pliyev] and I made the decision to engage U Thant in talks with myself and General [Igor D.] Statsenko, 3 who would offer him and Rikhye detailed information on the issues raised by them yesterday.
Preliminary to our decision to visit U Thant, I informed President Dorticos, who supported this step.
In our talks with U Thant and Rikhye we provided the following information:
The dismantling of the weaponry was begun on the evening of 28 October, and in a general way has practically already been completed by today. By the end of 1 November or at the latest 2 November all weaponry will have been sent to ports for loading onto ships. The arrival times of the ships may be known only by Moscow, and we requested that the answer to U Thant on this issue be sent to New York.
U Thant and Rikhye expressed thanks for the information, saying that for them it was the chief result of the trip to Cuba, and probably the most significant one after Comrade N.S. Khrushchev's letter of 28 October.
U Thant asked General Statsenko whether he could refer to the latter in his report and mention his family name.
We gave a positive response, saying that Comrade Statsenko had been entrusted with the dismantling of the weaponry, and he answered these questions responsibly.
U Thant said nothing about his talks with Fidel Castro. Your instructions were received after the talks with U Thant.
3. Igor D. Statsenko was the commander of a Soviet missile division deployed to western Cuba.
[Source: Archive of Foreign Policy, Russian Federation (AVP RF), Moscow; copy obtained by NHK (Japanese Television), provided to CWIHP, and on file at National Security Archive, Washington, D.C.; translation by John Henriksen, Harvard University.]