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UN to investigate death of Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld

Published tisdag 30 december 2014 kl 09.03
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Dag Hammarskjöld
In 1961, a plane carrying Dag Hammarskjöld and his staff crashed in what is now Zambia. Photo: TT

The United Nations General Assembly is set to open a new inquiry into the 1961 death of then Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld, the Wall Street Journal reports.

A resolution adopted on Monday by all 193 nations in the UN General Assembly calls on any nations with information about the air crash in which Hammarskjöld died to disclose it.

The resolution cites new and previously ignored evidence and establishes an independent panel of experts to examine the new information.

The inquiry hopes to resolve the mystery surrounding the death of the renowned Swedish diplomat. Hammarskjöld and his staff were travelling in a jet over what is now Zambia but was then the British colony of Northern Rhodesia when the plane crashed in a forest.

At the time, both Sweden and Northern Rhodesia blamed the pilot. A 1962 investigation failed to come to any conclusion about the cause of the crash, but evidence presented in a 2011 book suggests that the plane was shot down by mercenaries, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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