Dag Hammarskjld: Ban Ki-moon seeks to appoint investigator for fatal crash

The UN secretary-general stated this might be our last possibility to discover the reality behind 1961 death of his predecessor as UK insists it has no additional info

The UN secretary-general has actually required the consultation of distinguished individual or individuals to pursue an examination into the death of his predecessor, Dag Hammarskjld in a mystical 1961 air crash in main Africa.

Declaring this might be our last possibility to discover the reality Ban Ki-moon sent out a note to the basic assembly , stating there sufficed unanswered concerns occurring from the crash to necessitate more examination which the actions of the UK, United States and Belgium (the significant powers in the area at the time) to a UN demand for archive product do not appear to modify that conclusion.

In specific Ban kept in mind that the UK had actually stayed with its position in 2015 that it had no more paperwork to reveal the UN examination. He added a letter sent out in June by the British long-term agent to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, stating our position stays the exact same and we are unable to launch the products in concern with no redactions.

Rycroft added to the overall quantity of info kept is extremely little and the majority of the redactions just include a couple of words.

The phrasing of the letter echoed a comparable letter, declining the UN demand for more info, the UK sent out in June 2015, which stated that no significant product had actually been discovered in a search throughout all pertinent UK departments.

In reply the UN legal counsel, Miguel de Serpa Soares, reminded Rycroft of the shared duty of the UN and its member specifies to pursue the complete reality about Hammarskjlds death, and asked him to verify that the search of all appropriate UK departments consisted of security and intelligence firms.

In reply, Rycroft merely priced estimate the previous UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond informing parliament that the foreign workplace had actually collaborated a search throughout all appropriate UK federal government departments.

I believe the British action is remarkable. Its extremely vigorous and curt and incredibly elusive, stated Susan Williams, a British historian at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, whose book Who Killed Hammarskjld: The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa, exposed brand-new proof that assisted convince the UN to open a brand-new examination into the crash near Ndola, in exactly what was then the British nest of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia.

Part of that proof was a report from a British intelligence officer, Neil Ritchie, who remained in the location at the time of the crash and who was aiming to arrange a conference in between Hammarskjld and a rebel leader from neighbouring Congo, where the UN secretary general was aiming to broker a truce.

This was British area and they had a guy on the ground. It does not make them accountable for the crash however it does suggest they understood a great deal of exactly what was going on, Williams stated, including it was extremely not likely that Ritchies report which she discovered in an archive at Essex University, was the only British intelligence report coming the location at the time.

In recommending that the UN examination continues under a distinguished individual or individuals picked by the basic assembly or himself, Ban stated: Seeking a total understanding of the scenarios is our solemn task to my recognized and renowned predecessor, Dag Hammarskjld , to the other members of the celebration accompanying him, and to their households.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/24/dag-hammarskjold-crash-ban-ki-moon-un-investigator

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