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Funeral held for Austrian leader
Arnold Schwarzenegger pays respects at Klestil's coffin
Arnold Schwarzenegger was among the mourners
Dignitaries from around the world have attended the funeral of Austria's former President Thomas Klestil.

Royalty, heads of state and members of the public filled Vienna's St Stephen's Cathedral for the service, following four days of national mourning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were among those paying their respects.

Klestil died after a heart attack, two days before he was due to leave office.

'Greatly missed'

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, who conducted the funeral service, described Klestil as "a deeply committed European".

"You contributed significantly to bring Austria into the European Union. You worked non-stop to help our friendly neighbours in central and eastern Europe to integrate," he said in a sermon directed at Klestil.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who represented the US government at the funeral, said Klestil was "a dear friend to me and will be greatly missed".

Former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, who preceded Klestil, was also at the funeral.

Klestil, who first took office in 1992, was credited with repairing Austria's international image, which had been damaged by revelations that Mr Waldheim had served in a German army unit which committed war crimes during World War II.

His death on Tuesday at the age of 71 overshadowed the inauguration of his successor Heinz Fischer.




SEE ALSO:
Profile: Thomas Klestil
06 Jul 04  |  Europe


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