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  • 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.

  • January 29, 1986

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Gorbachev

  • February, 1986

    Public Report of the Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism

    This report details the plan of the Vice Presidential task force on combatting terrorism. It aims to assess American priorities and policies, to determine how the program can be coordinated to achieve the most effective results, and ends by giving recommendations based on analysis of the program itself.

  • February 01, 1986

    Relations between the People's Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Zimbabwe

    A brief overview of the political, economic and cultural relations between Bulgaria and Zimbabwe. Some of the items mentioned are meetings between Bulgarian leader Todor Zhivkov and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the creation of the Bulgarian-Zimbabwean Parliamentary Association, a visit to Zimbabwe by leading Bulgarian politician Grisha Filipov, trade and economic agreements between the two countries, a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Georgi Dimitrov (the first Communist leader of Bulgaria), and Bulgarian outreach to Zimbabwean students.

  • February 12, 1986

    Deputy Director of the International Department of the CPSU Central Committee R. Ul'ianovskii, 'On an Answer to a Message from the Leadership of the Organization of Mujahadin of the Iranian People'

    R. Ulianovskii, Deputy Chief of the International Department, reports the receipt of a request from M. Rajavi, leader of the Organization of Mujahadin of the Iranian People (OMIP). Rajavi requested a loan of $100 million to support an uprising in Iran against the regime of Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini. Rajavi also invited representatives of the Central Committee of the CPSU to come to Paris to meet with him and participate in an "unofficial exchange of ideas."

  • February 12, 1986

    Antonio Rubbi, 'Note Reserved for Comrades: Natta / Pajetta'

    Introduced by a cover letter by Antonio Rubbi dated February 12, 1986, this report from Siegmund Ginzberg dated February 6, 1986 is centered on relations between China and the USSR. In particular, the Chinese lament a lack of progress and accuse the Soviets of presenting the situation much rosier than it actually is.

  • February 16, 1986

    Message to be Communicated to M. Rajavi

    A message to be communicated orally by the recipient, ‘Sofia,’ in response to M. Rajavi’s request for the USSR to announce their solidarity with the Organization of Mujahadin of the Iranian People (OMIP). The message declares that the USSR is undoubtedly supportive of the ‘progressive forces’ in Iran, but that declaration of support will take shape in the manner that best suits the moment.

  • February 17, 1986

    Washington, DC to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Alliance Problems Over INF'

    In a flurry of cables from February 1986, Canadian assessments focused on a chronic issue within NATO: in consultation within the alliance. The Special Consultative Group was used as a forum to “air views of allies,” hold briefings on the current state of negotiations, and to share a new negotiating position right before it was tabled. Canadian officials also warned of disagreement to come between the Europeans and the Americans over the “zero option,” the longstanding proposal to reduce both US and Soviet INF to zero.

  • February 18, 1986

    Resolution of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 'On the Answer to a Message from the Leadership of the Organization of Mujahadin of the Iranian People'

    Central Committee of the CPSU voted to answer a letter from M. Rajavi, leader of the Mujahadin of the Iranian People requesting support for conducting activities in Iran.

  • February 18, 1986

    Extract from Minutes no. 222 from a Session of the Secretariat of the CPSU Central Committee from February 18, 1986, 'On an Answer to the Message from the Leadership of the Organization of Mujahidin of the Iranian People'

    Central Committee of the CPSU voted to answer a letter from M. Rajavi, leader of the Mujahadin of the Iranian People requesting support for conducting activities in Iran.

  • February 19, 1986

    Brussels–NATO (BNATO) to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Alliance Problems Over INF'

    In a flurry of cables from February 1986, Canadian assessments focused on a chronic issue within NATO: consultation within the alliance. As this dispatch from Brussels concluded, paraphrasing Winston Churchill, “NATO nuclear collective consultation is the worst form, except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

  • February 27, 1986

    Brussels to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Zero Option and the Europeans'

    Canadian officials warned of disagreement to come between the Europeans and the Americans over the “zero option,” the longstanding proposal to reduce both US and Soviet INF to zero. This dispatch from Brussels reported “substantial unhappiness” amongst the Europeans that the United States and the Soviet Union would discuss disarmament “even if neither of them believed in it.” Nuclear deterrence had prevented war in Europe for the preceding four decades, and US-Soviet discussions of disarmament only made it even more difficult to convince public opinion of deterrence’s continued importance

  • February 28, 1986

    Ministry for State Security, 'Statement on the Iraqi Request'

    The Ministry for State Security rejects efforts on the part of the Iraq Ministry of Interior to establish formal cooperation.

  • March 03, 1986

    Record of the meeting on 3 March 1986 between Erich Honecker and Fidel Castro

    Record of the meeting on March 8, 1986 between Honecker and Castro. Topics include plans to celebrate the impending 40th anniversary of the GDR, the Cuban government's relations with the Catholic Church, the arms race, U.S. imperialism and importing/exporting of Cuban goods.

  • March 10, 1986

    Information on the Planned Deployment of a Delegation from Chemical Services in the Republic of Iraq

    A delegation of the East German National People's Army in Iraq is supposed to facilitate the transfer of the training site for chemical services to the Defense Ministry of the Republic of Iraq.

  • March 20, 1986

    CPSU CC Politburo Transcript (excerpt)

    CPSU CC Politburo Transcript discussing Afghan plans to execute 50 people and Karmal’s weak psychological disposition

  • March 25, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Fidel Castro and Oliver Tambo

    Oliver Tambo was the president of the ANC.

  • 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.

  • March 26, 1986

    Note on a Meeting in the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq with Ambassador Fawzi al-Bander

    Ambassador al-Bander follows up on a request for Iraqi intelligence officers to visit the Ministry for State Security, but is informed it will not be possible in 1986.