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  • April 12, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Regarding the Planned Discussion by our Side during Souvanna Phouma's Upcoming Visit to China'

  • April 14, 1961

    Memorandum of Conversation between Li Xiannian and Abdyl Kellezi

    Li Xiannian and Abdyl Kellezi review technical and economic assistance lent to Albania by China, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union.

  • April 14, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Poland, 'Work Summary for the Chinese Embassy in Poland, 1960, and Plans for 1961'

    The Chinese Embassy in Poland reviews the state of China's relations with Poland in 1960-1961.

  • April 15, 1961

    Cable from Wang Bingnan, 'The Situation of the Talk with Ochab'

    Edward Ochab insists that Poland "is friendly toward China."

  • April 15, 1961

    Cuban Intelligence Report

    A military intelligence report from the Government of Cuba describing U.S. military and diplomatic intentions in Cuba.

  • April 17, 1961

    Assistant Secretary Jones, Memorandum of Conversation, 'U.S. Visit to Dimona'

    Jones proposes to Israeli Minister Plenipotentiary Mordechai Gazit that the US visit to Dimona be kept "quiet" rather than "secret."

  • April 17, 1961

    Transcript of Talks during Zhou Enlai's Reception of Prince Souphanouvong

  • April 18, 1961

    Record of the Czechoslovak Communist Party (CPCz) Politburo regarding Cuban Requests for Arms and Ammunition, 6 April 1961, with Attached Resolution on Same Subject

    The record and attached resolution concerns the final decision by the Politburo of the Czechoslovak Communist Party to send arms and "special technology" to Cuba. Among the arms shipped are 2 mobile artillery batteries, 50 million 7.92 mm bullets, and military specialists to aid the Cuban military in the construction of anti-aircraft defenses on Cuban territory. This would prove to be fruitful for the Cubans in the coming Bay of Pigs Invasion.

  • April 18, 1961

    Report on Political Development in the DPRK

    An analysis on the political development in the DPRK, including the Juche ideology, and North Korean foreign policies.

  • April 18, 1961

    Vice Premier Li Xiannian receives Vice Chairman of the Albanian Council of Ministers Abdyl Kelezi for a Discussion on Assistance Project

    Li Xiannian and Kellezi discuss China's economic aid to Albania.

  • April 19, 1961

    Memorandum of Chairman Mao Zedong and Cuban Cultural Delegation

    A diplomatic meeting between China's Chairman Mao Zedong and Cuba's Cultural Delegation Education Minister. They discuss educational and cultural affairs of both Cuba and China.

  • April 20, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in the Soviet Union, 'Recommendations based on Developments in the Current Situation'

  • April 20, 1961

    Notes of Meeting between Boussouf, Benaouda, and Belhocine and the Chinese Ambassador

    Minutes of a meeting, on April 20, 1961, between Algerian representatives, Boussouf, Benaouda, and Belhocine, and a Chinese ambassador. In the meeting, which was called to discuss issues regarding weapons supplies from the Chinese, both sides discuss ensuing negotiations between Algeria and France. Also mentioned is Algeria's meeting with a United States ambassador, and the United States desire for compromise between Algeria and France.

  • April 20, 1961

    Memorandum of Conversation, Comrade Abdyl Kellezi with Comrade Zhou Enlai

    Zhou Enlai expressed China's opinions on the result of the meeting of the Political Consultative Committee of the Warsaw Pact, China's support of the principles of Marxism-Leninism in several Soviet-Albanian conflicts. They also discussed issues of economic and military assistance.

  • April 23, 1961

    Record of Conversation between Prime Minister Souvanna Phouma and Crown Prince Souphanouvong

  • April 24, 1961

    Transcript of Talks during Chairman Mao’s reception of Prince Souvanna Phouma and Prince Souphanouvong

  • April 25, 1961

    Conversation between Prince Souphanouvong and Vice Premier Chen Yi while in Hangzhou

  • April 26, 1961

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to Cuba Sergey Kudryavtsev and Che Guevara

    A record of a conversation between Soviet Ambassador to Cuba Sergey Kudryavtsev and Che Guevara, recorded in Kudryavtsev's diary. They discuss the U.S. policy toward the revolutionary government of Cuba. Guevara says that U.S. President Kennedy's recent speech, in which he said the U.S. would not take direct military action in Cuba, was an effort to portray the U.S. in a positive light on the eve of Cuban discussions in the UN, and to ameliorate opinions of the U.S. in other Latin American countries.

  • April 28, 1961

    State Department Telegram 798 to US Embassy Tel Aviv

    Israelis have been informed of the details of US visit to Dimona.

  • April 30, 1961

    Czechoslovak Intelligence Reports Correspondence with Czechoslovak Embassy, Havana, Regarding Purported Assassination Plot against Fidel Castro and Coup Plot against Cuban Government

    Czechoslovak Intelligence reports on a possible assassination plot against Castro and a possible coup against the Revolutionary Government in Havana. The document details the plot being planned by individuals in Havana including smuggling explosives into a public celebration for 1 May. Microfilms containing information on the plot including the organizers and place of action. It is obvious from this correspondence that the planned assassination and coup against Castro are part of the Bay of Pigs Invasion.