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October 29, 1962

CABLE FROM SWISS OBSERVER AT THE UNITED NATIONS (THALMANN) TO THE SWISS MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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    A cable from Swiss observer at the United Nations (Thalmann) to the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the composition of a UN inspection team being sent to Cuba and to say that a definitive decision will possibly not be made until after U Thant’s return to New York.
    "Cable from Swiss observer at the United Nations (Thalmann) to the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs," October 29, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv, 2001 (E): 1976/17, Beteiligung Schweizer Offiziere am Ueberwachungsteam zur Aufhebung der Sovietischen Basen in Kuba. Cable no. 151, from Thalmann to Foreign Ministry, 10/29/1962. Translated from German by Stephanie Popp. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115444
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[Handwritten:] p.B. 58.2 Cuba

[Handwritten illegible notes in the upper right corner]

[Handwritten:] F. ONU

ORIGINAL to: [Handwritten:] 217

For acknowledgment to: 112 110 106 113 149 152

[Handwritten:] p.B.73.Cuba.O.U’ch. 153 154 155 157 217 DZJD

New York

29.10.1962

12.30 cable no. 151.

Cuba. From the Swedish Ambassador [Agda] Roessel I have learned that the composition of the inspection team has not yet been decided. The fact that Sweden has been asked, does not mean that the team will be made up solely of Swedes. Misses Roessel was welcomed first by the Secretary General last night, because the team of 6 people that will accompany U Thant to Cuba tomorrow, includes a Swede, who, in this case, holds the position of a UN functionary. Roessel does not exclude the possibility that the appeal could also be made to us, he is, however, under the impression that U Thant seems to be thinking more in terms of consulting with observers from onuc and unef. A definitive decision will possibly not be made until after U Thant’s return to New York. Thalmann.

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