“Hammarskjöld was at the point of getting something done when they killed him. Notice that I said ‘when they killed him’.”
US President Harry Truman — The day after the crash
“I also received information regarding an unauthenticated claim made by a Belgian pilot, “Beukels”, to Claude de Kemoularia in 1967 that Beukels shot down or otherwise forced SE-BDY to crash. In the course of my work, I was for the first time given access to the originals of De Kemoularia’s agendas, as well as many of his personal records, which appear to verify his meeting with “Beukels” and other mercenaries in 1967. I also reviewed De Kemoularia’s letters showing that he had gone to the French and Swedish authorities regarding Beukels’s claim much earlier than previously understood. However, without further information, I was not able to verify other aspects of the claim, including, most notably, the identity of Beukels.”
Mohamed Chande Othman — UN Report A/71/1042
“It is unthinkable that there are no transcripts [of the intercepted messages] in the US archives and perhaps also in the UK archives. I suspect that there is so far undisclosed and highly pertinent information in the transcripts. When the US authorities replied to the Hammarskjöld Commission’s very precise request for transcripts, they said that they had ‘documents responsive to your request’ but claimed that they were secret. “The time is now long overdue – more than 50 years after this tragic event – for the US and the UK to conduct a complete review of records in their custody – including in particular still-classified records – and make them available to the United Nations.”
Lord Lea of Crondall — (Letter to the UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson)
December 6 2016 — In a historic move, the UN general assembly will pass a resolution this Tuesday reaffirming its “responsibility to pursue the full truth concerning the conditions and circumstances resulting in the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him”. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE December 6 2018 — On Monday (December 4 2018), the U.N. legal chief said that new information has been received that could shed light on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to then newly independent Congo. I will post an update regarding this new development as soon as possible. — END of UPDATE
The resolution recognises “that a further inquiry or investigation would be necessary to finally establish the facts of the matter” and requests that the secretary-general “appoint an eminent person to review the potential new information, including that which may be available from member states, to assess its probative value and to determine the scope that any further inquiry or investigation should take”.
The UN resolution urges:
“all member states to release any relevant records in their possession” and “to ensure that any relevant records related to the death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him that remain classified, more than 50 years after the fact, are declassified or otherwise made available for review.”
This is potentially significant. It is believed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) may be in possession of crucial radio intercepts taken from pilots who were in the area at the time the Albertina came down.
UN to pursue further inquiry into death of Dag Hammarskjöld — The Guardian
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