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OAS Secretary General Sends Condolences for Death of Former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner

  October 27, 2010

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, filled with dismay, today sent his condolences to the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, for the death of her husband and the country’s former President, Néstor Kirchner.

Secretary General Insulza expressed his sorrow to President Fernández for the death of the former Argentine leader, saying that he “will always be remembered as the Argentine president who courageously faced a difficult period in the history of his country and led his country once again on the path of economic growth and political stability.”

In his letter to President Fernández, the head of the OAS said that “if the right way to judge a democratic leader is in the difference between the conditions the government was received in and those in which it was left, then there is no doubt he passed that test with flying colors.” He later added that, with former President Kirchner, “his country reached a high level of prosperity and democracy, winning the respect and affection of all Argentines.”

Finally, the Secretary General of the OAS said the former Argentine leader would be remembered “for his authenticity and consistency, and also for his commitment to peace and the integration of Latin America.”

The Secretary General concluded the letter with an extension of his condolences “especially to his dear children, Máximo and Florencia.”

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Reference: E-403/10