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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • February 10, 1978

    Memorandum of Conversation between East German official Paul Markovski and CPSU CC International Department head Boris N. Ponomarev in Moscow

    The two men discussed the current situation in Ethiopia and focused on the assistance the Soviet Union and Cuba was providing to the Ethiopians. They also talked about the role the United States was playing in the Horn of Africa

  • February 13, 1978

    SED CC, Department of International Relations, 16 February 1978, Report on Conversation with [Vice-president] Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, Member of the Politburo of the CP Cuba, in Havana

    Ambassador Langer discusses with Rodriguez the current situation in Ethiopia, focusing on the Eritrean liberation movement and the ongoing war with Somalia. They also discuss levels of assistance by various outside powers to the region

  • February 16, 1978

    Report, South African Department of Foreign Affairs, 'Transit Visit of Reverand Ndabaningi Sithole'

    Reverand Sithole's upcoming trip to London to discuss Britain's continued support for the PF in Rhodesia.

  • February 16, 1978

    Embassy of the GDR in the USSR, Political Department, 17 February 1978, Memorandum of Conversation with the Dep. Head of the MFA Third Department (Africa), Comrade S. J. Sinitsin

    Sinitsin briefs the East German embassy in Moscow on the current situation in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. The briefing focuses on the ongoing war with Somalia and the internal situation in Ethiopia

  • February 21, 1978

    Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • February 21, 1978

    Agostinho Neto to Jorge Risquet

    Agostinho Neto was the president of Angola; Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • February 22, 1978

    Agreement between the Soviet and Czechoslovak Interior Ministries for the year 1978

    The two parties agree to worker exchanges in the areas including scientific information, and computational processing. Details on sending Czechoslovak workers and state security school students to various state schools in the Soviet Union to study politics, foreign policy, fire-fighting techniques, engineering, criminal investigation and the Soviet. The criminology departments of the two ministries pledge to exchange tactics, methods and expertise. Officials of the two ministries agree to exchange information on the gravest problems in their country every six months.

  • February 23, 1978

    Ministerial Order on Organization of Counterintelligence Work Against Hostile Emigration

  • February 23, 1978

    TELEGRAM 016.560 from the Romanian Embassy in Bangui to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Central African Empire is balancing between North and South Korea to gain as much economic support as possible.

  • February 24, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 24 February 1978. Subject: Celebration of Kim Jong Il’s birthday

    The birthday of Kim Jong Il is celebrated in a more modest way than in previous years.

  • February 27, 1978

    Report, South African Department of Foreign Affairs, 'The Reverend Sithole's Visit to Europe'

    Description of Sithole's discussion with British Foreign Secretary Dr. Owen regarding possible arrangements in Rhodesia, including composition of potential interim government.

  • February 28, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.532 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang notes that despite North Korea's policy of equidistance toward the USSR and the PRC, the DPRK in fact has tilted closer to China.

  • February 28, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.569 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Swedish and Finnish governments pressure the DPRK to pay back its debts, while the PRC grants North Korea a loan to partially offset these costs.

  • March, 1978

    Notes on Yasser Arafat's Visit to Moscow in March [1978]

    Notes on a meeting in Moscow from March 6-10 between Yasser Arafat & the PLO Delegation and the Soviet government. Arafat was met by Brezhnev, Boris Ponomarev and Andrei Gromyko. Among the issues discussed were the situation in the Middle East, the Soviets desire for Palestine to counter Egypt's "capitulation" to Israel and the U.S. (which Arafat affirmed), tensions in Southern Lebanon and the PLO's increasing desire to further cooperation with Syria and non-Christian Lebanese groups.

  • March 02, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.575 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    East Germany signs a scientific cooperation protocol with the DPRK.

  • March 03, 1978

    Memorandum of Conversation of SED Comrade Lamberz with Cuban Ambassador to Ethiopia, Comrade Pepe, Addis Ababa

    The conversation focuses on outside support of the situation in the Horn of Africa. Specifically Soviet, Cuban, and US support for the various countries and groups

  • March 06, 1978

    Informational Note from the Eight Parties’ Meeting in Budapest

    This document presents "information and views on the current problems in the international and workers’ movement, the China question and anti-communist offensive struggle against imperialism."

  • March 09, 1978

    Minutes of CPSU CC Politburo Meeting, 9 March 1978 (excerpt)

    The minutes focus on a meeting at which the Politburo is discussing a request by Siad Barre (leader of Somalia) to mediate the ongoing war with Ethiopia

  • March 11, 1978

    Paper by the Chairman of the North-South-Commission, Brandt, for the meeting in Mt. Pèlerin

    Chairman of the North-South-Commission Willy Brandt's paper for the meeting in Mt. Pèlerin. Brandt's paper stresses the importance of mutual interest of the attending countries and talks about the new "international order."

  • March 14, 1978

    TELEGRAM 031.589 from the Romanian Embassy in Dhaka to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Thr Romanian Embassy in Dhaka reports that Bangladesh supports the DPRK's position on reunification.