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  • March 21, 1984

    Letter from C.A. Crocker to R.F. Botha

    Chester Crocker writes to R. F. "Pik" Botha about the importance of not responding to the recent Cuban/Angolan communique. Crocker warns against giving the Cubans an excuse to keep their troops stationed in Namibia, and points out that it is likely a distraction for concessions the Cubans and Angolans are about to make to South Africa and the United States.

  • March 29, 1984

    Memorandum of Telephone Conversation between Víctor Schueg and Elio Avila Trujillo

    General Víctor Schueg of the Ministry of Defense in Havana and General Elio Avila Trujillo of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola discuss the 25 March battle of Sumbe in Angola.

  • May 05, 1984

    Telegram to D. Steward From Auret

    Description of a meeting between Angolan and South African delegations, the former being led by Venancio De Moura. Details discussion of troop withdrawal from Namibia, focusing on an "outburst" by De Moura.

  • July 09, 1984

    Cuban Ministry of Armed Forces, Special Operations Section, Postmortem on the Battle of Sumbe, 'Análisis de las acciones combativas en Zumbe'

    Postmortem by the Cuban defense ministry on the battle of Sumbe.

  • September 12, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Pedro Maria Tonha, Konstantin Kurochkin and Polo Cintra Frías, 'Versión de la conversación sostenida en el Ministerio de Defensa de la RPA el 12 de septiembre de 1984'

    Pedro Maria Tonha "Pedalé" was the defense minister of Angola; General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola

  • October 16, 1984

    Meeting between the Delegations of the United States and Angola, Morning Session, 'Conversaciones celebradas entre las delegaciones de Estados Unidos y de Angola,'

    Conversation between US and Angolan officials about the withdrawal of the Cuban troops from Angola.

  • October 23, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Konstantin Kurochkin and Polo Cintra Frías, 'Versión de la conversación sostenida en la Misión Militar Soviética en la RPA el 23 de octubre de 1984'

    General Konstantin Kurochkin was the head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola; General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola.

  • December 03, 1984

    Meeting between the Delegations of the United States and Angola, 'Versión de las conversaciones EEUU - RPA'

    Conversation between US and Angolan officials about the withdrawal of the Cuban troops from Angola.

  • January 25, 1985

    Cable from the Embassy of the Hungarian People's Republic to China, 'Some New Phenomena in the Chinese Pursuit to Differentiate Socialist Countries'

    Review of China's foreign policy and its recent efforts to drive a wedge between the Soviet Union and other socialist countries.

  • May 01, 1985

    Letter from R.F. Botha to Lt-Col Manuel Rodrigues

    Letter from R. F. "Pik" Botha to the Angolan Minister of the Interior, decrying the movement of SWAPO militants into South African territory and the Angolan anti-South African propaganda campaign. Urges Angola to end the propaganda and to ensure that SWAPO attacks are not planned or executed from Angolan territory.

  • October 18, 1985

    Cuban Military Mission in Angola, Report on Combat Operations, 'Informe del desarrollo de las acciones combativas en la dirección ‘Cuito Cuanavale - Mavinga,’ dentro del marco de la Operación II Congreso del MPLA-PT'

    Report of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola on the FAPLA offensive in southeast Angola against the UNITA rebel forces led by Jonas Savimbi.

  • October 25, 1985

    Memorandum of Conversation between Fidel Castro and José Eduardo dos Santos

    José Eduardo dos Santos was the president of Angola.

  • November 08, 1985

    Cover letter from South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha to US Secretary of State George Shultz

    Letter from South African Foreign Minister R. F. "Pik" Botha to U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz contesting American arguments against supporting UNITA.

  • January 24, 1986

    Meeting between Cuba and the Soviet Union, 'Reunión Bilateral Cuba - URSS'

    Meeting between Cuban and Soviet officials.

  • January 27, 1986

    Meeting between Cuba, the Soviet Union, and Angola, 'Tripartita Cuba - URSS - RPA'

    Meeting between Cuban, Angolan and Soviet officials.

  • March 26, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Oliver Tambo

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; Oliver Tambo was the president of the ANC.

  • June 09, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Joe Slovo

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; Joe Slovo was the general secretary of the South African Communist Party and the chief of staff of Umkontho We Sizwe , the military wing of the ANC.

  • July, 1986

    Arnaldo Ochoa to Konstantin Kurochkin

    General Arnaldo Ochoa was Cuba’s deputy minister of defense in charge of military missions abroad; General Konstantin Kurochkin was first deputy head of the Main Directorate of Personnel of the Soviet General Staff and a former head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola.

  • July 19, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Arnaldo Ochoa, Polo Cintra Frías and Konstantin Kurochkin

    General Arnaldo Ochoa was Cuba’s deputy minister of defense in charge of military missions abroad; General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Konstantin Kurochkin was first deputy head of the Main Directorate of Personnel of the Soviet General Staff and a former head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola.

  • July 22, 1986

    Report of Conversation between Oliver Tambo and Angel Dalmau, 'Informe sobre el encuentro entre Oliver Tambo, presidente del ANC y Angel Dalmau – 22 de julio de 1986. Asuntos bilaterales'

    Oliver Tambo was the president of the ANC; Angel Dalmau was a senior staff member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party working on southern Africa.