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  • January 22, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    In efforts to ease trade restrictions with socialist countries, the ROK has granted an entry visa to a Soviet national.

  • January 29, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    A representative from Turkey announces his government's withdrawal from the UN Command, while a representative from Thailand announces his government's withdrawal of the Thai Company from the UN Forces in Korea. However, both governments will keep the military attaches as liason officers on the MAC.

  • January 29, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    The DPRK urged the Neutral Nations Supervisory Committee to secure the immediate release of North Korean pilot, who crash landed with MIG-15 on 3 December 1970. Their appeal is due to the failure of UN Command-DPRK talks on the matter. Additionally, the hijacking of KAL plane F-27 on 23 January 1971 by a South Korean youth has been attributed to "North Koreans' underground activities."

  • February 12, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Upon concluding the discussions on the reduction of US troops, Park Chung Hee announces that, with the exception of Panmunjom, ROK forces will be responsible for the DMZ.

  • February 12, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    With the withdrawal of US forces, ROK forces will assume full responsibility for the DMZ, with exception of Panmunjom. Additionally, the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections will have a strong effect on the political stability of ROK.

  • February 19, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    The ROK-US airlift military exercise "Freedom Vault" raises tensions with North Korean. The timing of the exercise may also bolster the current administration's prospect for reelection. Additionally, ROK troops are replacing US troops in the DMZ.

  • February 26, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    UNCURK invites the secretary-generals of both the DRP and NDP to express their views on the election campaigns.

  • February 26, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Internationally, ROK government voices concern about the UN's two-China policy. Domestically, the NDP accuses the government of suppressing the opposition party's election campaign.

  • March 05, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    The NDP accuses the incumbent administration for activity aimed at suppressing opposition candidates. Kuzbari mentions that it is unknown if the government will allow freely conducted elections.

  • March 12, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    In connection with the general election, the questions of President Park' Chung Hees electability, unification, and campaign finances are discussed.

  • March 19, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    UNCURK members meet with Kim Dae Jung, who states his key issues for the election: ROK democracy, corruption within intelligence collection, suppression of opposition parties by the ruling party, and unification. UNCURK member observe that Kim's party is weak because of party factionalism. Additionally, President Park Chung Hee announces his run for third term and emphasizes economic and political stability.

  • March 26, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    The presidential elections in South Korea are set for 27 April 1927, and four candidates are running: Park Chung Hee, Kim Dae Jung, Kim Chul, and Song Po Kyong.

  • April 02, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    In the election campaigns, the NDP is focusing on the corruption of the DRP, and the DRP is focusing on continued economic and political stability with Park Chung Hee's third election.

  • April 09, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Student demonstrations are occurring in South Korea in reaction to the state's intervention and control of student activity. In light of the 1961 student protests, the government is not using repressive measures to suppress the demonstrations.

  • April 20, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    UNCURK has unofficially assumed responsibility for the North Korean pilot Major Pak who crash landed in South Korea. If Pak should want to return to North Korea, UNCURK would be acting in its capacity to ease tensions between North and South.

  • April 22, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Keeping with the duties of UNCURK, members will be forming teams and traveling to various provinces to observe the results of the elections.

  • April 30, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    UNCURK reports on their observations of the presidential elections, which were orderly and without violence.

  • April 30, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    UNCURK observed that the Korean people elected President Park Chung Hee. They believe Kim Dae Jung, who did favorably, may have suffered defeat because of his fragmented party.

  • May 05, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    The ROK government decision to only return North Korean pilot Major Pak in exchange for the remaining elevent passengers of the 1969 KAL plane causes dissatisfaction with UNCURK and UN Command.

  • May 07, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    National Assembly elections will be held in South Korea on 25 May 1971. While the DRP's National Assembly campaign remains similar to its presidential campaign, the NDP pledges to lift curfew bans, corruption, and give priority to housing shortages for low income people.