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  • December 11, 1979

    Result deliberations Belgian core-cabinet

    Information obtained by the Dutch government regarding Belgian discussions on the modernization of NATO’s intermediate nuclear weapons. The Belgian cabinet agrees that TNF should be linked with arms negotiations, with a reevalutation of progress every 6 months used to direct modernization, in order to guarantee the lowest possible level of military balancing.

  • December 12, 1979

    CC CPSU Politburo Resolution # 176/125, Concerning the Situation in "A" [Afghanistan]

    The decree is on the situation in Afghanistan.

  • December 13, 1979

    Cable, South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs to All Overseas Mission Chiefs, 'Emergency Situation (No. 29)' (Draft)

    A telegram asking overseas mission chiefs to collect foreign responses regarding the arrest incident of Army Chief of Staff Jeong Seung-hwa, Martial Law Commander.

  • December 13, 1979

    Cable, South Korean Ambassador to the U.S.to the South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'The Statement by Assistant Secretary Christopher'

    A telegram regarding the case of WUS-1284 and U.S. Assistant Secretary Christopher's response to media reporters about the December 12 Incident.

  • December 13, 1979

    Cable, South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs to All Overseas Mission Chiefs, 'Emergency Situation (No. 29)'

    A telegram ordering all Overseas Mission Chiefs to report domestic responses of the arrest incident of Army Chief of Staff Jeong Seung-hwa.

  • December 13, 1979

    Special Statement by the Minister of National Defense

    A special statement issued by the Minister of National Defense of South Korea, regarding the investigation of Chief of Staff Jeong Seung-hwa following President Park Chung Hee's assasination.

  • December 13, 1979

    Violence Between Baathist and Communist Iraqi Students in Bulgaria

    In December 1979, the Bulgarian Intelligence Service reports to Berlin on a tense series of situations regarding Arab students studying in Sofia. After several fights break out between Ba'athist and communist students, resulting in many severe injuries, the nation of Iraq decides to recall a large number of its students studying in Bulgaria.

  • December 13, 1979

    Cable, South Korean Ambassador to the U.S. to the South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs 'Meeting with Assistant Secretary Holbrooke'

    A summary of meeting with Assistant Secretary Holbrooke regarding the December 12th incident. Holbrooke asks for direct communication between the US and South Korean officials, while discussing the possibility of North Korean invasion and media coverage of this issue.

  • December 15, 1979

    Violence Among Iraqi Students Studying in Hungary and Poland

    In November of 1979, the Collegiate of the International Preparatory Institute in Budapest in the People's Republic of Hungary reports fighting between to Iraqi students. This trend of violence with Ba'athist Iraqi students spread to the GDR and Poland as well, forcing the nations to take drastic measures. In Hungary, the Ministry of Education even instructs all universities and colleges in Budapest to not provide any rooms for events and assemblies to foreign students.

  • December 15, 1979

    Telegram from South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs to South Korean Ambassador about South Korean government's position on Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Richard Holbrooke's problem posing on the 12.12 Incident

    A telegram correspondence between South Korea Minister of Foreign Affairs to South Korean Ambassador in regards to Assistant Secretary Holbrooke's discussion of the December 12 incident. The telegram also outlines the events of General Jeong Seung-hwa's arrest.

  • December 18, 1979

    Report submitted by General Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) to President Chiang Ching-kuo regarding General Wang’s visit to the Philippines, 18 December 1979

    General Sheng Wang briefs President Chiang Ching-kuo on his conversation with President Fernand Marcos on Taiwan-Philippines cooperation against China.

  • December 19, 1979

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to President of Romania, Ceausescu

    A letter from Willy Brandt to Nicolae Ceausescu. He offers congratulations for Ceausescu's recent reelection and addresses the topic of arms control.

  • December 19, 1979

    Report Submitted by General Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) to President Chiang Ching-kuo regarding General Wang’s Visit to the Philippines

    General Wang reports to President Chiang Ching-kuo on his meeting with the Philippines' Speaker of the House of Representatives and Vice President Makalintal regarding Taiwan-Philippines relations and his meeting with Filipino Minister of National Defense Juan Ponce Enrile.

  • December 20, 1979

    Report Submitted by General Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) to President Chiang Ching-kuo regarding General Wang’s Visit to the Philippines

    General Wang briefs President Chiang on his meeting with the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Romeo Espino, regarding anti-communism.

  • December 20, 1979

    Antonio Rubbi, 'Note Reserved for Comrade Berlinguer'

    This note from Antonio Rubbi to Enrico Berlinquer is dated December 20, 1979, and regards the invitation of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party to the Italian Communist Party for the PCI Secretary General to visit China.

  • December 24, 1979

    Directive Nº 312/12/001 of 24 December 1979 signed by Ustinov and Ogarkov

    Directive signed by Ustinov and Ogarkov approving a contingent of Soviet military forces to stabilize the intra-party disagreements.

  • December 26, 1979

    Summary of a CC CPSU Meeting

    A summary of CC CPSU officials regarding the recently approved Soviet troop deployment in Afghanistan.

  • December 27, 1979

    CPSU CC Memo with attachments, 27 December 1979, on Politburo Protocol #177

    The memo concerns Soviet steps on ties with the development of the situation around Afghanistan.

  • December 27, 1979

    Letter from Leonid Brezhnev to Karmal Babrak, Attachment to CPSU Politburo Protocol #177

    A congratulatory note from L. Brezhnev to Karmal Babrak,Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, General Secretary of the PDPA CC, and Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, thanking Babrak for his efforts to defend the gains made in the April Revolution.

  • December 27, 1979

    Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union Announcement, Attachment to CPSU Politburo Protocol #177

    The USSR and Afghanistan formed a permanent relationship to combat counter-revolutionaries who attempt to undo the April Revolution. This relationship began with the Treaty of Friendship in 1978.