The United Nations’ general assembly is set to approve a fresh inquiry into the death of the organisation’s secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjöld, in a 1961 air crash.
Sweden will present a resolution to the assembly on Monday calling for the creation of an independent panel of experts to look at one of the great political mysteries of the 60s: why a plane carrying one of its most famous diplomats came down over what is now Zambia, but was then the British colony of Northern Rhodesia.
The resolution cites the emergence of new evidence and calls for the UN panel to examine it “and to assess its probative value”. It also appeals to governments to release documents about the Hammarskjöld crash that have remained secret until now. The resolution has 20 co-sponsors from around the world and is expected to win overwhelming support.