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  • September 22, 1979

    Military Intelligence Section Chief, Cuban Military Mission in Angola, Report on Conversation with Oliver Tambo, 'Entrevista sostenida con Oliver Tambo'

    Oliver Tambo was the president of the ANC.

  • October 16, 1979

    Fidel Castro to Jaime Crombet

    Jaime Crombet was the Cuban ambassador to Angola.

  • October 16, 1979

    Pedro García Peláez to Raúl Castro

    General Pedro García Peláez was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; Raúl Castro was Cuba's defense minister.

  • October 17, 1979

    Cuban Ministry of Armed Forces, Meetings with Agostinho Neto on Reduction of Cuban Troops, 'Cronología de las conversaciones sobre la reducción de tropas cubanas en la R.P.A. por el presidente Agostinho Neto...'

    The Cuban Ministry of Armed Forces lists and summarizes conversations with Angola’s President Neto and Neto’s defense minister about withdrawing some Cuban troops from Angola.

  • October 18, 1979

    Transcript of CPSU CC Politburo Meeting (excerpt), 18 October 1979

    [Excerpt] Transcript of CPSU CC Politburo Meeting regarding telegrams from Cuba regarding the attitudes of SWAPO men and Angolans towards the Cubans and fighting. The Politburo members also discussed Sino-Soviet relations, Cuban sugar sales, and Soviet cooperation with Spain.

  • January 04, 1980

    Report of Conversation between Pedro García Peláez and José Eduardo dos Santos, 'Versión conversación con el Presidente de la RPA' 2 January 1980, enclosed in Matas Colombo to Colomé

    José Eduardo dos Santos was the president of Angola.

  • March 15, 1980

    Report of Conversation between Pedro García Peláez and José Eduardo dos Santos, 'Versión entrevista sostenida con presidente R.P.A. el sabado 15 de marzo de 1980'

    Report by General Pedro García Peláez, head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola, about his conversation with Angola’s president José Eduardo dos Santos.

  • May 14, 1981

    Memorandum of Conversation between Senén Casas and Nikolai Ogarkov

    General Senén Casas was Cuba’s first deputy minister of defense; Marshal Nikolai Ogarkov was the chief of the Soviet General Staff.

  • May 15, 1981

    Notes on Meeting between South African Minister of Foreign Affairs R. F. Botha and US President Reagan

    South African Minister of Foreign Affairs "Pik" Botha and President Reagan meet in Washington, DC. South African Ambassador Sole, the note taker, interprets Reagan's friendly opening comments as "the inference clearly being that he had no illusions about democratic rule in Africa." They discuss the situation in Namibia and Angola, and their shared opposition to Soviet and communist influence in the region. Botha also asks Reagan to help South Africa's souring relations with France regarding nuclear cooperation. Botha states that "South Africa was not preparing or intending to explode a nuclear device, but[...] could not afford publicly to surrender this option."

  • May 17, 1981

    Memorandum of Conversation between Senén Casas and Nikolai Ogarkov

    General Senén Casas was Cuba’s first deputy minister of defense; Marshal Nikolai Ogarkov was the chief of the Soviet General Staff.

  • May 20, 1981

    Report of Conversations with Dmitri Ustinov and Nikolai Ogarkov, 'Contenido de las Reuniones Sostenidas con el Ministro de Defensa de la URSS y el Jefe del Estado Mayor General'

    Marshal Dmitri Ustinov was the Soviet minister of defense; Marshal Nikolai Ogarkov was the chief of the Soviet General Staff.

  • November 23, 1981

    Transcript of Meeting between US Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, Jr., and Cuban Vice Premier Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, Mexico City

    Memorandum of conversation taken during the secret meeting between Alexander Haig and Cuban Vice Premier arranged by Carlos R. Rodriguez, Mexican Foreign Minister, in Mexico City

  • December 30, 1981

    Remarks by Fidel Castro to an MPLA Delegation led by Political Bureau Member Lúcio, 'Contenido fundamental de la intervención del primer secretario del CC del PCC, compañero Fidel Castro, en las conversaciones sostenidas en Cuba con la delegación...'

    Remarks by Fidel Castro to a delegation of the MPLA led by political bureau member Lúcio Lara.

  • January 20, 1982

    Memorandum of Conversation between Dmitri Ustinov and Abelardo Colomé

    Marshal Dmitri Ustinov was the Soviet minister of defense; General Abelardo Colomé had been the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola in 1975-77

  • January 25, 1982

    Memorandum of Conversation between Samora Machel and Jorge Risquet

    Samora Machel was the president of Mozambique; Jorge Risquet had been the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola in 1975-79 and was subsequently Castro’s point man for Angola in the 1980s.

  • January 27, 1982

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Julius Nyerere

    Jorge Risquet had been the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola in 1975-79 and was subsequently Castro’s point man for Angola; Julius Nyerere was the president of Tanzania.

  • February 04, 1982

    Cuba-Angola Declaration

    A defense of Cuban military intervention in Angola, citing the advance of South African troops in Angolan territory as justifiable cause. Accuses the United States and South Africa of inciting bands of Namibian militia to upset the Cuban presence in Angola. Argues that the presence of Cuban troops in Angola is an agreement between two sovereign governments.

  • October, 1982

    Report of Visit to Mozambique by a Cuban Delegation, 'Informe de la visita a la Republica Popular de Mozambique ....,' 10 September - 2 October 1982

    Report on visit to Mozambique by a Cuban delegation

  • December 17, 1982

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and António José Maria, enclosed in Risquet to Chomi

    Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; Major António José Maria was a close aide to Angola’s president dos Santos

  • February 15, 1983

    Letter from Lawrence S. Eagleburger to R. F. Botha, Enclosing 'Soviets in Southern Africa'

    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Lawrence Eagleburger forwards to "Pik" Botha a US assessment of Soviet strategy and actions in Southern Africa. The assessment notes that by decreasing the security concerns of Angola and Mozambique, they would decrease their dependence on the Soviet Union, and that, because of this, overt military intervention should be avoided.