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Delegation of Canada to the International Commission for Supervision and Control in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia sous-fonds [textual record]. 

Sous-fonds se compose de



Lieu de création

Sans lieu, inconnu ou indéterminé

16.6 m of textual records

Portée et contenu

Sous-fonds consists of records that can be divided into two main areas - the records documenting the work of the International Commission for Supervision and Control (ICSC) and the International Commission for Control and Supervision (ICCS) in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and the records that reflect the more traditional diplomatic work of a Canadian post abroad. The records of the ICSC include reports on violations of the cease-fire, legal documents regarding the Geneva Peace Treaty and agendas, minutes, reports and decisions of the ICSC meetings along with monthly reports to headquarters in Ottawa. Also included are reports on kidnappings, subversion and espionage incidents, on the future of the ICSC and on events in Laos, Cambodia and North and South Vietnam. The records of the ICCS include reports on military action, the Paris Peace Agreement, violations of the treaty, reports from regional offices in Vietnam and administrative records and case files. Also included are interview reports with captured North Vietnamese army members, records relating to prisoner of war exchanges and agendas, minutes, reports of ICCS meetings along with reports to headquarters. Records relating to the diplomatic work of the mission include political, economic, cultural relations files with Laos, Cambodia and North and South Vietnam consisting of reports, dispatches and letters between Ottawa and the posts abroad. Also included is a large block of records dealing with the Indochina Task Force, a body set up by the Department of External Affairs in late 1972 to deal with Canada's future supervisory work in Indochina. Its purpose was to coordinate the flow of information on conditions in South East Asia to the Prime Minister and to the Secretary of State for External Affairs and to coordinate External Affairs' work with the Department of National Defence and any other departments working in the area. The records are organized in a number of ways. Many are filed using the file classification system found at headquarters but with numerous variations resulting from the uniqueness of the functions performed in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. This post used a derivative classification system; therefore, it is possible to find the same file number in the post records and in the central registry records from Ottawa. Unique material and numbers will be found in both systems. There are other records in this sous-fonds filed in a system unique to the post reflecting the work of the two supervisory commissions along with a variety of miscellaneous material arranged with no file classification system or numbers. The sous-fonds also includes records that deal with the role played by Brigadier Sherwood Lett as the Canadian Commissioner for Vietnam. The peace in Vietnam was more difficult to administer and the records reflect the many problems confronted by the Canadian contingent. Included in this series are correspondence files, agendas and diaries relating to Sherwood Lett's work in Vietnam along with either operational files concerning Canada's involvement in Southeast Asia up until the mid-1970's.

Documents textuels
96: Restrictions varient
de 3068 À 3069
de 9516 À 9523
90: Ouvert
Documents textuels
96: Restrictions varient
de 9524 À 9532
de 9534 À 9546
32: Restreint selon la loi
No de référence archivistique
Ancien no de référence archivistique

Modalités d'utilisation

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Finding aid 25-46 is a file list described on-line in MINISIS and is also available as a computer printout. 25-46 (Électronique)

Biographie / Histoire administrative

The International Commissions for Supervision and Control (ICSC) in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were established in 1954 at the Geneva Peace Conference. These Commissions and the Peace Agreements were to establish peace in Indochina and to supervise the provisions of these agreements. Canada, along with India and Poland, was invited to head these Commissions and agreed to the request in 1954. Brigadier Sherwood Lett became Canada's first Commissioner and began his tenure on 10 August 1954.

Poland, India and Canada each appointed a Commissioner who held the rank of an ambassador. Each country also sent political and military advisors, personnel to staff the various committees along with inspection teams and administrative support. Canadian headquarter's support took the form of a panel chaired by John Holmes and included foreign service officers from the Far Eastern, Finance, Consular, Personnel, Defence Liaison (DL)(1) and (2), Establishment and Organization, Supply and Properties and Legal Divisions. This group received the information sent from Indochina and dealt with matters arising. Both the Department of External Affairs and National Defence agreed that though the DND component would be larger, External Affairs would be responsible for managing the work of the Commissions. The work of the Commissions focussed on the verification of cease-fires, troop withdrawals and the exchange of civilian internees.

In 1973 these Commissions were superseded by a new Four-Power International Commission for Control and Supervision (ICCS) in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Canada, along with Hungary, Indonesia and Poland were the members of this new Commission and its purpose was to supervise the second armistice in Vietnam. Faced with repeated frustrations at the lack of progress at the achievement of peace, Canada withdrew from the ICCS on 29 June 1973. RG25 General Inventory

Information additionnelle

Source du titre
Canadian Representatives Abroad, Dec. 1995

Versements complémentaires
Further accruals are expected.


No de contrôle d'autres systèmes

No de contrôl reliés

1. 1992-93/001 GAD
2. 120-000001-3
3. RG25-B-15