2019 – Report of Eminent Person

On October 7 2019, UN Secretary-General António Guterres released the 2019 report by the Eminent Person, Mohamed Chande Othman.

In the report the Eminent Person notes, ‘Advancements have been made in the body of relevant knowledge, most notably in the areas of the probable intercepts by Member States of relevant communications; the capacity of the armed forces of Katanga to have staged a possible attack against the Secretary-General’s plane; the presence in the area of foreign paramilitary and intelligence personnel; and other information relevant to the context and surrounding events of 1961.’ (Full report)

UN Secretary-General António Guterres notes in a letter accompanying the report that he supports the recommendation of the Eminent Person that the ‘UN appoint an independent person to continue the work undertaken pursuant to the current mandate of the Eminent Person’.