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  • October 30, 1962

    Telegram from Swiss Foreign Ministry, Berne, to Swiss Mission, United Nations, New York

    The Swiss Foreign Ministry instructs the Swiss Mission to the UN that if UN Secretary General asked for participation of Swiss officers in a surveillance team for the dismantling of the Soviet bases in Cuba, and if the conditions of the mandate are acceptable, they will examine the request with benevolence in the framework of their constant policy of lending their services wherever they may be of use.

  • October 30, 1962

    Cable from Swiss observer at the United Nations (Thalmann)

    A telegram from the Swiss observer to the United Nations (Thalmann) about recent actions - the negotiation of ICRC participation in Cuba, the removal of the quarantine and the Soviet Union has declared that it would be willing to let representatives of the ICRC inspect its ships bound for Cuba.

  • October 30, 1962

    Telegram from Yugoslav Embassy in Havana (Vidaković) to Yugoslav Foreign Ministry

    Vidaković tells the Yugoslav Foreign Ministry that Fidel Castro is very stubborn and that most of the negotiation talks that are taking place are just empty words.

  • October 30, 1962

    Telegram from Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Kuznetsov and Ambassador to the UN Zorin to USSR Foreign Ministry

    Report on a breakfast held by Zorin - chairman of the Security Council - with its members. The topics of discussion include: American agreement to the Soviet proposal for checks on vessels carried out by representatives of the International Red Cross, the Irish proposal to convene the Council right after U Thant's return from Cuba to decide on an inspection mechanism for the dismantlings, and the Ghanaian delegate's remarks on the situation in Congo.

  • October 31, 1962

    Telegram from Yugoslav Embassy in Mexico (Vlahov) to Yugoslav Foreign Ministry

    Yugoslav officials remark that significant publicity and acknowledgment was given to Tito’s message and initiative in regard to Brazilian President João Goulart’s messages, and Yugoslavia's activity in the UNO [United Nations Organization] has solidified their reputation as that of the nonaligned.

  • October 31, 1962

    Telegram from Polish Embassy in Havana (Jeleń), 31 October 1962

    Jelen discusses Cuba's representation at the UN and meetings between U Thant and Cuban leadership officials.

  • October 31, 1962

    Cable from Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko to USSR Ambassador to Cuba A. I. Alekseev

    Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko cables the Soviet Embassy in Havana that the Soviet leadership had decided to allow UNSG U Thant and his representatives to visit Soviet launchers sites in Cuba and verify that the launchers are being dismantled.

  • October 31, 1962

    Cable from Soviet Ambassador to Cuba Alekseev to USSR Foreign Ministry

    Alekseev relays Castro’s responses to a letter from Khrushchev.

  • October 31, 1962

    Note on the Potential ICRC Mission

    In regards to the recent appointment of Switzerland (and other countries) to inspect ships bound for Cuba, the Swiss Mission to the UN describes a phone call with Mister L. Boissier, President of the ICRC, and a conversation with Messrs. Federal Councilor Wahlen and Ambassador Micheli on this subject.

  • October 31, 1962

    Telegram from USSR Foreign Ministry to Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister V.V. Kuznetsov

    Orders from the Soviet Foreign Ministry to Kuznetsov concerning Soviet actions at the UN.

  • October 31, 1962

    Gromyko Cable to Ambassador Alexeev to Havana of October 31

    Gromyko instructed Alexeev to present to Fidel Castro the Soviet draft protocol which should be used as a basis for negotiation at the UN. The Protocol concerns issues such as the removal of blockade, the renunciation of invasion against Cuba, the respect of Cuban sovereignty, the termination of subversive activity against Havana, the reestablishment of diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba, and the Guanatanamo base.

  • November 01, 1962

    Memorandum of Conversation between Mexican Foreign Ministry Official and Cuban Diplomat, Mexico City

    The Cuban Chargé d’Affairs, Mr. Ramon Sinobas, said that he had instructions from his government to ask the Mexican government for its support in the United Nations, to obtain acceptance of the five points that Prime Minister Castro had just made known.

  • November 02, 1962

    Telegram from Yugoslav Foreign Ministry, Belgrade, to Yugoslav Embassies in Havana and Washington and the Yugoslav Mission to the United Nations, New York

    The Yugoslav Foreign Ministry relays to its embassies a summary of the Brazilian proposal on the Cuban Missile Crisis which, they say, mainly includes: the denuclearization of Latin America with inspections, Cuba's commitment to not "export" revolutionary operations, and guarantees to Cuba for sovereignty and independence. Allegedly, Castro welcomed the idea of the above plan. Brazil thinks that the USA could accept it after negotiations.

  • November 02, 1962

    Telegram from the Brazilian Delegation at the United Nations, New York, 8 p.m., Friday

    De Melo-Franco outlines the motives that underlie the Brazilian draft about the denuclearization of Latin America (in the United Nations). Panama, Argentina, Nicaragua, Haiti and Peru express their concerns/questions/support of the Brazilian resolution.

  • November 03, 1962

    Telegram from Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister V.V. Kuznetsov and Ambassador to the UN V.A. Zorin to USSR Foreign Ministry

    The number and location of U.S. ships, along with International Red Cross and UN observers, in and around Cuba.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram (No.4448) from the Minister of the USSR Merchant Fleet to Captain of Ship "Amata" via Soviet ambassador in Havana (Alekseev

    Bakaev gives instructions to the captain of the “Amata,” regarding the UN representatives to be lodged on the ship.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from the Brazilian Embassy in Havana (Bastian Pinto), 6:15 p.m., Monday

    Pinto briefly discusses the new representative of Cuba at the UN, Carlos Lechuga.

  • November 05, 1962

    Conversation between the Cuban Leadership and Mikoyan

    During Mikoyan's visit to Cuba, the Cuban leadership explains its position following the Missile Crisis. Fidel Casto suggests that, while the Cuban leadership still believes that the Soviet Union is sincere in its desire to protect the Cuban Revolution, mistakes had been made during the crisis. The Soviet decision to withdraw the weapons should was based on the exchanges between the Soviet leadership and US President John F. Kennedy, not on the previous agreements between the USSR and Cuba. Castro suggests that the USSR could chose to go back on its security guarantees to Cuba in order to safeguard the peace, but that the Cubans will resist American agression nevertheless. The document only contains the Cuban responses to Mikoyan, without the Soviet leader's answers.

  • November 05, 1962

    Memorandum of Conversation, A.I. Mikoyan with Osvaldo Dorticos, Ernesto Guevara, and Carlos Rafael Rodriguez

    Alekseev and Mikoyan discuss the nature of UN inspections in Cuba with Cuban leadership. Cuban leadership discusses what they feel is a Soviet concession to the US, thereby weakening the international socialist movement.

  • November 06, 1962

    Telegram from the Brazilian Delegation at the United Nations (Afonso Arinos), New York, 8 p.m., Tuesday

    Melo-Franco says he received some confidential information from Secretary General U Thant about the situation in Cuba. He also lists the advise he gave to the Cuban ambassador Carlos Lechuga.