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  • 1975

    Meeting Transcript, Kissinger and Brezhnev Discuss Angola in Moscow

    Kissinger questions Brezhnev about Cuban involvement in Angola and asks if the Cubans will withdraw if the South Africans do. Brezhnev gives no definitive answers.

  • January 26, 1975

    Letter from Neto to Cuban leadership, Dar-es-Salaam

    Letter from Neto to Cuban leadership requesting help in setting up schools and providing military training, weapons and expertise

  • January 29, 1976

    Letter, Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro, Luanda

    Risquet to Fidel Castro, Luanda on his meeting with Neto regarding weapons delivered by the Soviet Union to Angola to help arm Cubans coming to fight for Angola

  • March 11, 1976

    Minutes of the Meeting between Todor Zhivkov and Fidel Castro in Sofia

    Conversation for the record between Zhivkov and Castro during a four-day-long state visit of the Cuban leader to Bulgaria. Among the main issues discussed was the state of economic development in both countries, their relations with Albania, China, Romania and Yugoslavia; the Cuban foreign policy in Africa and the Caribbean; the civil war in Angola; the battle for the Third World.

  • April 23, 1976

    Raúl Castro, Report on Cuban Technical Assistance to Angola, 'Acerca de la necesidad de una masiva ayuda técnica (civil) a RPA'

    Cuba’s minister of defense Raúl Castro recommends granting technical assistance to Angola.

  • June, 1976

    Raúl Castro, Report on his Visit to Africa, 'Informe al Buró Político del Segundo Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba acerca de su visita... (19 de abril a 7 junio de 1976)'

    Cuba’s minister of defense Raúl Castro reports on his visit to Angola, the USSR, Congo Brazzaville and Guinea Conakry, 19 April - 7 June 1976.

  • July 13, 1976

    Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • January 20, 1977

    Senén Casas to Abelardo Colomé

    General Senén Casas was Cuba’s first deputy minister of defense; General Abelardo Colomé was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola.

  • March 23, 1977

    Memorandum of Conversation between Fidel Castro and Agostinho Neto

    Agostinho Neto was Angola's president.

  • April, 1977

    Abelardo Colomé to Senén Casas

    General Abelardo Colomé was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Senén Casas was Cuba’s first deputy minister of defense.

  • April 03, 1977

    Fidel Castro's 1977 Southern Africa Tour: A Report to Honecker (excerpt)

    The following excerpt--from a discussion on 3 April 1977 at the House of the SED Central Committee in East Berlin--contains Castro's impressions of the situations in several southern African countries, (e.g., Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, People's Republic of the Congo), and several guerrilla or liberation groups in the region, such as the African National Congress (ANC), then struggling for power in South Africa, and two groups fighting to rule Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) and the Zimbabwe African Political Union (ZAPU). Also included are Castro's assessments of individual political leaders, remarks about coordination with Moscow, and an over-all conclusion that Africa was the place to inflict a major blow against world imperialism.

  • June 14, 1977

    Memorandum, Raúl Castro to Fidel Castro

    Raúl Castro was Cuba’s minister of defense.

  • September 23, 1977

    Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • October, 1977

    Memorandum of Conversation between Levy Farah and Carlos Rocha (Dilolwa)

    Levy Farah was a senior Cuban aid official; Carlos Rocha (code name Dilolwa) was a member of the political bureau of the MPLA.

  • February, 1978

    Jorge Risquet to Agostinho Neto

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola; Agostinho Neto was the president of Angola.

  • February 21, 1978

    Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • February 21, 1978

    Agostinho Neto to Jorge Risquet

    Agostinho Neto was the president of Angola; Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • May 12, 1978

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Sam Nujoma

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola; Sam Nujoma was the president of SWAPO.

  • May 19, 1978

    Memorandum of Conversation between Senén Casas and Agostinho Neto

    General Senén Casas was Cuba’s first deputy minister of defense; Agostinho Neto was the president of Angola.

  • June 11, 1978

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Sam Nujoma

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola; Sam Nujoma was the president of SWAPO.