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  • March 10, 1988

    Fidel Castro to Alvaro [Jorge Risquet]

    Jorge Risquet, who was code-named Alvaro, was Castro’s point man for Angola; Alejandro was Fidel Castro’s code name.

  • March 17, 1988

    Meeting between the Delegations of the United States and Angola, 'Acta de las conversaciones realizadas entre la RPA y los Estados Unidos del 17 al 18 de marzo de 1988, en Futungo de Belas, Luanda'

  • March 18, 1988

    Confidential Telegram from USINT Havana to Secretary of State George Shultz, 'Cuban Armed Forces Ministry Communique on Cuban-Angolan Defense of Cuito Cuanavale'

    A Cuban Defense Ministry communiqué details the “heroic defense” by Cuban and Angolan troops of Cuito Cuanavale against a South African onslaught. The brunt of the fighting was done by local Angolan forces, which successfully managed to repel the South African invaders.

  • March 19, 1988

    Jorge Risquet to Alejandro [Fidel Castro]

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; Alejandro was Fidel Castro’s code name.

  • April 22, 1988

    Instructions to the Cuban Delegation for the London Meeting, 'Indicaciones concretas del Comandante en Jefe que guiarán la actuación de la delegación cubana a las conversaciones de Luanda y las negociaciones de Londres (22-4-88)'

    Fidel Castro’s instructions for the Cuban delegation to the 3-4 May 1988 London meeting of the delegations of Angola, Cuba, South Africa and the United States to discuss the future of Angola and Namibia.

  • April 23, 1988

    Instructions to the Cuban Delegation for the London Meeting, 'Indicaciones concretas del Comandante en Jefe que guiarán la actuación de la delegación cubana a las conversaciones de Luanda y las negociaciones de Londres (23-4-88)'

    Fidel Castro’s instructions for the Cuban delegation to the 3-4 May 1988 London meeting of the delegations of Angola, Cuba, South Africa and the United States to discuss the future of Angola and Namibia.

  • May 10, 1988

    Memorandum of Conversation between Anatoly Dobrynin and Jorge Risquet

    Anatoly Dobrynin was the head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola.

  • May 18, 1988

    Fidel Castro to José Eduardo dos Santos

    José Eduardo dos Santos was the president of Angola.

  • June 07, 1988

    Alejandro [Fidel Castro] to Rubén [Arnaldo Ochoa]

    General Arnaldo Ochoa, code-named Rubén, was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; Alejandro was Castro’s code name.

  • June 07, 1988

    Alejandro [Fidel Castro] to Rubén [Arnaldo Ochoa] and Polo Cintra Frías

    General Arnaldo Ochoa, code-named Rubén, was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the commander of the Cuban troops in southern Angola; Alejandro was Castro’s code name.

  • June 07, 1988

    Cuban Nota Verbale to Alexei Zaitsev, 'Nota verbal al asesor principal del MINFAR'

    General Alexei Zaitsev was the head of the Soviet Military Advisory Group in Cuba

  • June 15, 1988

    Report from A.A. Jaquet to SRA, 'Current State of Negotiations between South Africa and Angola'

    Description of the state of Angolan-South African affairs. Discusses recent and upcoming negotiations between Angolan and South African delegations, noting specifically the difficulties of getting the Angolans to accept proposals and to decide on a venue in which to have the talks.

  • June 17, 1988

    Fidel Castro Meeting with Top Aides, 'Reunión con el Comandante en Jefe el 17/6/88'

    Fidel Castro’s meeting with top aides.

  • June 18, 1988

    Fidel Castro Meeting with Top Aides, 'Reunión con el Comandante en Jefe el 18/6/88'

    Fidel Castro’s meeting with top aides.

  • June 19, 1988

    Fidel Castro Meeting with Top Aides, 'Reunión con el Comandante en Jefe (19/6/88)'

    Fidel Castro’s meeting with top aides.

  • June 24, 1988

    Meeting between the Delegations of Angola, Cuba and the United States, 'Conversaciones RPA-Cuba EEUU-RSA'

    Meeting between delegations of Angola, Cuba, South Africa and the United States about the future of Angola and Namibia.

  • June 26, 1988

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Chester Crocker

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; Chester Crocker was US assistant secretary of state for Africa.

  • June 26, 1988

    Fidel Castro to Rubén [Arnaldo Ochoa] and Polo Cintra Frías, #91

    General Arnaldo Ochoa was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the commander of the Cuban troops in southern Angola.

  • June 26, 1988

    Fidel Castro to Arnaldo Ochoa and Polo Cintra Frías

    General Arnaldo Ochoa was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the commander of the Cuban troops in southern Angola.

  • June 27, 1988

    Fidel Castro to Rubén [Arnaldo Ochoa] and Polo Cintra Frías, #25398

    General Arnaldo Ochoa was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the commander of the Cuban troops in southern Angola.