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  • June 17, 1961

    State Department Circular Telegram 2047 to US Embassy Jordan [et al.]

    Circular telegram for Middle East embassies regarding US visit to Dimona reactor.

  • June 17, 1961

    Summary of Meeting between Ambassador to Arab States Kiesewetter and General Secretary Belhocine and Head of Bureau Waker

    Summary of a June 17, 1961 meeting between Algeria (represented by General Secretary Belhocine and Head of Bureau Waker) and East Germany (represented by Ambassador to Arab States, Kiesewetter). The two sides discuss the suspension of the Evian negotiations between France and Algeria, East Germany's assistance for Algerian refugees in Morocco, and GDR-Algerian governmental relations. Ambassador Kiesewetter also expresses GDR's desire to peacefully coexist with West Germany in Berlin.

  • June 18, 1961

    Appendix to 'Summary of Meeting between Ambassador to Arab States Kiesewetter and General Secretary Belhocine and Head of Bureau Waker'

    Note from Algeria's Socialist Countries Bureau describing the June 17, 1961 meeting with the GDR Ambassador to Arab Countries. Note explains that the East German government is contemplating the unilateral "de jure" recognition of Algeria's government, and recommends that Algeria does not oppose this recognition.

  • June 20, 1961

    Invitation to the 4th Party Congress of the Korean Workers Party in Pyongyang and Agenda

    An invitation to party delegates of the Albania Party of Labour to attend the 4th Party Congress of the Korean Workers' Party.

  • June 20, 1961

    Letter to the Albanian Labor Party Central Committee from Kim Il Sung

    The Korean Workers’ Party invites the Albanian Labor Party to send a delegation to the 4th Congress of the Korean Workers’ Party to be held on September 11, 1961 in Pyongyang.

  • June 20, 1961

    Free Europe Committee Proposal to Exploit Berlin Crisis

    FEC Directors C. D. Jackson and Whitney Debevoise discuss with State Department officials their ideas on using RFE to pressure the Soviets during the Berlin Crisis

  • June 20, 1961

    Invitation from Kim Il Sung to the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the CCP

    An invitation from Kim Il Sung to attend the 4th Congress of the Korean Workers' Party.

  • June 23, 1961

    Telegram from Gaqo Paze, the Albanian Ambassador in GDR to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania

    Gaqo Paze reports from Berlin that during the conversation between the Yugoslav Ambassador to Berlin Voshnjak, and the Soviet ambassador to Berlin Pervukhin, the latter had asked if Yugoslavia would subscribe to the peace treaty with the GDR if the Western states would not accept to sign the peace treaty with both German states. Voshnjak avoided giving a direct answer several times, but in the end he implicitly expressed, according to Gaqo Paze, that Yugoslavia would not sign the treaty.

  • June 27, 1961

    Polish Information on Laos

    Polish Military Attache Siwicki's report on the civil war situation in Laos and other parties' involvement, such as the US sending aid in the form of money or supplies

  • June 27, 1961

    Polish Notes on Results of Chinese Military Inspection

    Results of the inspection included the need for the Chinese to have more practice in tasks like grenade-throwing, establish better relationships between soldiers and officers, promote uniform ideology within the army, as well as to fulfill more of the soldiers basic needs. Motto is "small but good."

  • July 04, 1961

    Letter from Ambassador Pervukhin to Foreign Minister Gromyko on the Peace Treaty with East Germany

    Ambassador Pervukhin sends the views of the Soviet embassy in East Germany regarding the negotiation of a peace treaty between East Germany and the Soviet Union. It notes that "the most difficult issues which will arise after signing a peace treaty are the practical exercise by [the] GDR organs of effective control over the links between West Berlin and the FRG and the establishment of a regime over the movement of the population between West and Democratic Berlin."

  • July 08, 1961

    Letter from Chairman of the USSR Committee of State Security A. Shelepin to Minister of Internal Affairs of Czechoslovakia Lubomír Štrougal

    The Soviet Committee of State Security invites a delegation of senior officials from Czechoslovakian Ministry of Internal Affairs to visit Moscow.

  • July 11, 1961

    Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and Kim Il Sung

    Zhou Enlai and Kim Il Sung discuss economic cooperation between China and North Korea, including industrial development in North Korea, Chinese economic support to North Korea, bilateral trade, Chinese training of North Korean technicians, agricultural development in North Korea, cross-border migration, and development strategies in the DPRK.

  • July 14, 1961

    Kennedy Administration Coordinates International Broadcasting

    NSAM 63 directs the State Department to provide foreign policy guidance to all broadcasters, including Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, and authorizes the USIA Director to preempt time on RFE and RL in a national emergency

  • July 14, 1961

    Memorandum of Conversation between Liu Shaoqi and R.K. Nehru

    Liu Shaoqi and R.K.Nehru discussed agriculture and the people's communes system.

  • July 16, 1961

    Chinese Communist Party Central Committee Decision with respect to Several Issues Concerning Strengthening Atomic Energy Industrial Infrastructure

    In order to rapidly strengthen its atomic energy industry, the Central Committee proclaims that China must dedicate further resources exclusively to nuclear-related activities. For this purpose, the report calls for the mobilization of students, scientists, public health officials, and industrial laborers; and the provision of factories, equipment, medicine, and hospitals.

  • July 17, 1961

    Memorandum of Three Conversations Between Director Zhang Wenji and the Indian Ambassador Regarding Sino-Indian Border Issues and the Two Countries’ Relations

    Three conversations between Zhang Wenji and Indian ambassador Parthasarathy, addressing the future of Sino-Indian relations, the Sino-Indian border issue, and India's policies toward Bhutan, Sikkim, and Pakistan.

  • July 17, 1961

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jozip Broz Tito and George F. Kennan

    Kennan reports on a conversation with Tito where they discussed the upcoming Belgrade Conference of Non-Aligned States.

  • July 17, 1961

    Memorandum of Conversation between Director Zhang Wenji and Indian Ambassador Parthasarathy (2)

    Zhang Wenji and Parthasarathy discuss how to best solve the differences of opinion on the Sino-Indian border held between China and India. Zhang and Parthasarathy discuss different methods and approaches, including a re-examination of historical facts around the Sino-Indian border, focusing on larger patterns and issues, and an emphasis on more detailed and current issues.

  • July 17, 1961

    Memorandum of Conversation between Director Zhang Wenji and Indian Ambassador Parthasarathy (1)

    Parthasarathy and Zhang Wenji hold an unofficial and informal discussion on the causes for the deterioration of relations between India and China in the last few years (before 1961). Both sides express a desire to improve relations, but also give reasons for grievances, mainly concerning public criticisms made in the press of one country toward the other, and specific disagreements regarding Sino-Indian border issues.