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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • October 03, 1968

    Deputy Representative of US Buffum to President of the UN Security Council, Report from the United Nations Command on North Korea's Violation of the Armistice Agreement

    Deputy Representative of the United States William B. Buffum on behalf of the Unified Command reports to the President of the Security Council. The report concerns the continuation of serious North Korean violations of the Armistice Agreement of 27 July 1953 and the failure of North Korea to co-operate with the investigating procedure and machinery established by the Armistice Agreement.

  • October 03, 1968

    Letter, William B. Buffum to Mr. Liu Chieh containing "Report of the United Nations Command to the United Nations"

    A letter from William Buffum containing a report on the continuation of serious North Korean violations of the Armistice Agreement.

  • October 04, 1968

    Report for the First Secretary of the Moldavian Communist Party on actions taken to prevent the circulation of Romanian Press in Moldavia

    Report for the First Secretary of the Moldavian Communist Party on actions taken to prevent Romanian press from reaching the population of the Moldavian Socialist Soviet Republic. The fact that press from Romania made its way into the population at large is blamed for the inability of the Propaganda Department to control the information about the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

  • October 10, 1968

    Secret North Vietnam Politburo Cable No. 320

    The Vietnamese Politburo briefs COSVN (the communist command in South Vietnam) on domestic politics in the United States and the possible impact of the upcoming US election. Based on the US situation, the Politburo had decided to adjust their current negotiation strategy and seek an immediate agreement with the US to end the bombing of North Vietnam.

  • October 11, 1968

    Stenogram of a Session of the Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Moldavia

    Discussion in the Moldavian Communist Party Central Committee on the effects of Romanian mass media on the Moldavian population following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

  • October 15, 1968

    Secret North Vietnam Politburo Cable No. 323

    The Vietnamese Politburo informs COSVN (the communist command in South Vietnam) that as a result of US demands, the South Vietnamese government would be allowed to participate in the upcoming four-party conference on the Vietnam War. This was a reverse of the Politburo's earlier position that South Vietnam should not be involved in the talks.

  • October 17, 1968

    Discussion between Chen Yi and Le Duc Tho

    Chen Yi criticizes Vietnam on past concessions to the US, which undermine China and the NLF; Chen Yi also criticizes Vietnam’s acceptance of Soviet proposals to negotiate.

  • October 20, 1968

    Secret North Vietnam Politburo Cable

    The Vietnamese Politburo updates COSVN (the communist command in South Vietnam) on the progress of plans for a four-party conference with the US.

  • October 26, 1968

    P. Shelest Reports on a Visit by an Official Party-State Delegation from the CSSR

  • October 29, 1968

    Telegram Number 5186/92, 'Chinese Foreign Policy'

    Relying on British assessments of the situation in China, the French Ambassador in London reports that Chinese foreign policy is the outcome of debates between anti-Soviets and anti-Americans within the CCP.

  • October 30, 1968

    Report addressed by Minister of the Armed Forces of the Socialist Republic of Romania to Ion Gheorghe Maurer, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Socialist Republicof Romania

    This report by Romanian Minister of Armed Forces Ion Ionita to the chairman of the Romanian Council of Ministers, Georghe Maurer, refers to the latter's participation in the Conference of the Warsaw Pact Defense Ministers. The conference resolved outstanding problems concerning draft statutes. The observations of the delegation of the Ministry of Armed Forces approved by the party and state leadership have all been included, with the exception of article 12, item A, regarding the stationing of troops of the United Armed Forces on territories of member countries, on which the Romanian party reserved the right to reflect.

  • November 03, 1968

    The National Liberation Front's Five-Point Political Solution to the South Vietnam Question

    Excerpt from a declaration of the National Liberation Front on a political settlement of the South Vietnam question: The US had to withdraw from Vietnam and destroy their military bases in South Vietnam. South Vietnam's internal matters would be dealt with by the South Vietnamese and the reunification of Vietnam would be decided by the Vietnamese without foreign intervention. There would be a general election in South Vietnam. The new government in South Vietnam would adopt a neutral foreign policy: No military alliance, having cordial relation with all countries, establishing good neighbor relations with Cambodia and Laos.

  • November 05, 1968

    Report Relayed by Andropov to the CPSU Central Committee, 'Students and the Events in Czechoslovakia'

    KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov presents a secret, 33-page report to the CPSU Central Committee about the mood of Soviet college students. The report had been completed sometime before the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and had been circulating within the KGB. It is not clear precisely who drafted the report, but Andropov’s cover memorandum and the report itself indicate that the author was a college student in Odessa who had recently finished his degree.

  • November 09, 1968

    Speech by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

    Transcript of a speech delivered by Prime Minister Indra Gandhi at the dedication of the Homi Bhabha Auditorium detailing her person experiences with Homi Bhabha and expressing her belief in the need for continued scientific investment for India.

  • November 14, 1968

    Report on a meeting between the Ambassador of the United Arab Republic Gamal Eldin Sabet with Reiz Malile, the Albanian Ambassador to China

    This report documents a meeting between the Ambassador of the United Arab Republic (UAR) Gamal Eldin Sabet with Reiz Malile, the Albanian Ambassador to China. The Ambassador declared that there are no Soviet bases in the UAR and that his country would never accept the fact that military sea bases in the UAR would be exploited for aggression against the People’s Republic of Albania, with whom the UAR has friendly relations. Nevertheless, the ambassador stresses that this is his opinion and not the official opinion of the government of the UAR.

  • November 14, 1968

    Conversation with Fidel Castro on 14 November 1968, over lunch in Havana.

  • November 15, 1968

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, 15 November 1968

    The Hungarian Embassy provides a brief on a visit by the Japanese Communist Party to North Korea.

  • November 17, 1968

    Discussion between Mao Zedong and Pham Van Dong

    Mao Zedong advises Vietnam to use low US morale and new President Nixon to their advantage. Mao Zedong also withdraws unneeded Chinese troops, promising to return if needed.

  • November 19, 1968

    Cable, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning Armed North Korean Infiltration

    Principal Secretary of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari cables Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations C.V. Narasimhan about the UNCURK Committee's decision to review and visit the eastern coastal areas, which were infiltrated by armed North Koreans.

  • November 20, 1968

    Telegram Number 2206/09, 'NATO Ministerial Council'

    French diplomat Lucien Paye assesses Chinese foreign policy in the aftermath of the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia and speculates that China wishes to exploit differences within the NATO camp.