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UN approves new probe of Dag Hammarskjold plane crash

UN approves probe of new information on mystery crash that killed UN chief Dag Hammarskjold

UN approves new probe of Dag Hammarskjold plane crash

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly is asking Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint an independent panel of experts to examine new information about the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to newly independent Congo in 1961.

The 193-member world body unanimously approved a resolution Monday night encouraging member states to release any relevant records and information on his death in the African bush in Northern Rhodesia -- today's Zambia.

The assembly's action, by consensus, follows an independent investigation by a Commission of Jurists released in September 2013, which concluded "significant new evidence" exists that might shed light on the circumstances of Hammarskjold's death. It said the U.S. National Security Agency may hold crucial evidence that remains classified.

Updated : 2021-06-19 17:44 GMT+08:00