Naval Historical Center
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The Korean Armistice Agreement was signed on 27 July 1953 by the Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command, the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, and the Commander of the Chinese People's Volunteers. The purpose of the Armistice Agreement was to ensure a complete cessation of hostilities in Korea by all ground, naval, and air forces until a final settlement, through political negotiations, was attained.
The Armistice Agreement established the Military Armistice Commission with the general mission of supervising the implementation of the Armistice, settling violations through negotiations, and acting as an intermediary between the commanders of the opposing sides. The Commission was originally formed as a joint military organization, without a chairman, consisting of ten members, five senior officers appointed by Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command and five senior officers appointed jointly by the commanders of the Korean People's Army and the Chinese People's Volunteers. The Agreement further stipulated that of the ten members, three from each side must be of general or flag officer equivalent. The two remaining members of each side must be colonels, Navy captains, or above.
To provide administrative and staff assistance to the Commission, the Armistice Agreement also provides for a joint Military Armistice Commission Secretariat. The Secretary, a U.S. Army Colonel, supervises a joint staff that develops, translates, and records all formal correspondence and communications.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains transcripts of meetings of the Military Armistice Commission, the Commission Secretariat, and Joint Observer Team 3. All of the meetings took place in 1965 or 1966. Common topics include alleged violations of the demilitarized zone, the operation of U.S. Navy ships off the Korean coast, the return of prisoners, and the composition of the Commission.
There are three series in the collection: Military Assistance Commission, Secretaries Meetings, and Joint Observer Team 3. Each series holds transcripts of the group's meetings and is arranged by meeting number.
This collection should be cited as Transcripts of Meetings of the Military Armistice Committee, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.
1 cubic foot
3 July 2003