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World leaders pay tribute to Nestor Kirchner

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Tributes to former Argentinian President Nestor Kirchner, who has died from a heart attack aged 60, have poured in from Latin America and beyond.

In Washington, the Organisation of American States held a minute’s silence in his honour.

President Obama offered his “sincere condolences”, as did Spain’s Prime Minister Zapatero in a telegram to Kirchner’s widow President Cristina Fernandez.

Ecuador’s Rafael Correa described Kirchner as a “great statesman of our Americas, an integrationist, a Latin Americanist.”

For Chile’s Sebastian Pinera, Kirchner’s death “represents a great loss for the Argentine people and for all South American countries.”

Felipe Calderon’s Mexico also marked its grief and, in Brazil, President Lula said Kirchner had been “a great ally and brotherly friend.”