General Assembly asks for continued probe into death of former UN chief

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-28 07:36:15|Editor: Lu Hui
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UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution on Friday to ask for the continuation of investigation into the circumstances resulting in the death of former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold and of the members of the party accompanying him.

The resolution requests the current UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, to re-appoint the Eminent Person to continue to review the information received and possible new information made available by member states, including by individuals and private entities, to assess its probative value and to draw conclusions from the investigations already conducted.

It urges all member states to release any relevant records in their possession and to provide relevant information to the Eminent Person and the secretary-general, and to ensure that they have conducted a full review of their archives and records.

It calls on relevant countries to cooperate with and assist the Eminent Person fully, including by appointing without delay independent and high-ranking officials to determine whether relevant information exists within their security, intelligence and defense archives.

The resolution requests the secretary-general to report the progress to the General Assembly before the end of its 75th session.

Hammarskjold was a Swedish diplomat, economist and author who served as the second UN secretary-general from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in 1961 en route to cease-fire negotiations in Africa.

The circumstances of the plane crash remain disputed.