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Statement

The package with the original documentation was sent via EMS (Tracking No. EE 0021 3495 0 BY) to the Office of the Nobel Foundation on November 29, 2003. In a telephone call the Nobel Foundation stated that the documentation had not been received and asked for a copy of the documentation to be sent.

The package with the copy of the documentation addressed to the Nobel Prize Foundation was sent immediately via UPS (Tracking No. M095 5139 734) on January 16, 2004. According to UPS delivery records the package was received by Ms. Lindbeck of the Nobel Foundation on January 19, 2004 at 09.38 a.m.

On Monday January 19, 2004 Ms. Swensson from the Nobel Foundation confirmed that the package had been received and sent on to the Nobel Committee for Chemistry.

On Thursday, January 22, 2004 Ms.. Luisse Dahldren from the Nobel Committee for Chemistry (Tel. +46 867 39 500) said that she had not yet received the package from the Nobel Foundation and asked to be called again on January 26.

On January 26, 2004 Ms Dahldren (Tel. + 46 867 39 500) confirmed again that no package had been delivered from the Nobel Foundation. She also said that documentation for candidates would only be accepted until Friday, January 31, 2004 and no further documentation would be accepted after that date. She asked for another copy of the documentation to be sent immediately.

On January 26, 2004 another copy of the documentation was sent via UPS (Tracking No. M095 075 8682) to the Nobel Committee.

At 11.00 a.m. on January 26, Ms Swensson said she would try to trace the package and asked to be called at 4.00 p.m..

Ms. Swensson could not be reached at 4 p.m. on January 26, 2004. The secretary suggested calling again on January 27.

Ms. Swensson was called on January 27, 2004 at 10.00 a.m.. She was not in the office and her secretary asked to call again on January 28. When the secretary was asked to connect with somebody who could confirm that the package had been received, she put through to Ms Annika Ekdahl. Ms. Ekdahl promised to attend to the package and to inform about the result during the course of the day.

On January 27, 2004 at 01.00 p.m. Ms. Luisse Dahldren confirmed that she had received the package with the documentation which was sent on January 26.

On January 28 2004 at 09.15 a.m. Ms Ekdahl of the Nobel Foundation informed us that she had received the package with the documentation, which was sent on January 16, 2004, and promised that she would forward the package to the Nobel Committee for Chemistry that same day. She also said she could not understand why the package was not delivered to the Committee on January 19, 2004, just after it was delivered by UPS.

On January 29, 2004 Ms. Luisse Dahldren confirmed that she had also received the package from the Nobel Foundation. She also said that both packages were registered and would be forwarded to the person responsible.