Upon the death of former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner, who died on Oct. 27 of a heart attack, B'nai B'rith International has issued the following statement:
B'nai B'rith International is deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner. B'nai B'rith leaders sent a letter to Kirchner's widow, the current president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Néstor Kirchner was an impressive leader of the Argentine people and B'nai B'rith was fortunate to have had many positive encounters with him. B'nai B'rith commended his commitment to reinvigorate the stalled investigation into the July 1994 terror attack on the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building. The bombing, carried out by Hezbollah on orders from Iran, killed 85 and wounded 300.
In the letter to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, B'nai B'rith International President Dennis W. Glick and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin noted Néstor Kirchner's passing was a loss for Argentina and the entire region.
B'nai B'rith has deep ties throughout Latin America, with members and supporters throughout the region, and has had an office in Argentina since the 1930s.