World Reaction to Diana's Death

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    President Nelson Mandela said Diana's death was a loss to her adoring fans all over the world, including South Africa. He said she had captured the imagination of people across the region when she visited Angola in her campaign against anti-personnel landmines recently.

  • President Bill Clinton was one of the first world leaders to pay tribute to the Princess.

    He said he and his wife, Hillary, were "profoundly saddened" by her death. "Hillary and I knew Princess Diana and we were very fond of her. We are profoundly saddened by this tragic event."

    President Bill Clinton mourns Princess Diana

    Speaking during his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, the President said that he and his wife "admired her for her work for children, for people with AIDS, for the cause of ending the scourge of land mines in the world and for her love for her children William and Harry."

  • President Boris Yeltsin expressed his deep sorrow at the news. "The president of the Russian Federation B.N. Yeltsin is deeply shocked by the news from Paris of the tragic loss of Princess Diana," a statement from the Kremlin press service said.

    "She was well known and loved by the Russian people. All know of Princess Diana's big contribution to charitable work, and not only in Great Britain," it said.

  • U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the death of Princess Diana had robbed the world of a major humanitarian voice for the poor, the sick and the weak.

    In a statement he said that her "unflinching commitment to the cause of banning anti-personnel landmines" helped place the issue high on every humanitarian agenda and endeared her to millions around the globe.

  • Australian Prime Minister John Howard expressed his shock: "The death, in such tragic circumstances, of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Paris earlier today will shock and sadden Australians," Howard said in a statement.

    "It has ended, at a young age, the life of a person who held a particular fascination for many people around the world," Mr Howard said.

    He said Australians would remember with affection Diana's many visits to Australia over the years.

    "On behalf of the Australian government, I express my deepest sympathy to her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, and to other members of the Royal Family," he said.

  • The Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien spoke of his shock at the news. He said: "I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family of Princess Diana as well as to those of the other victims of this senseless accident.

    "Princess Diana in her official position and in a personal capacity has made an extraordinary contribution not only to her country but to the world. The prayers of all Canadians are with her sons and the other members of her family at this most difficult time."

  • The New Zealand Prime Minister Jim Bolger said the hearts of all New Zealanders went out to Diana's children and the rest of the royal family following her death in Paris.

    A statement from the Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, said: "I heard news of her death with great shock and distress. She was well loved and admired across the Commonwealth and was emerging as a potent symbol of our common humanity in her evident commitment to others less fortunate than herself.

    "My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and to that of Mr Fayed and his chauffeur."

  • The Israeli government has expressed its deep regret, and sent condolences to the British people.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mourned the accidental death Sunday of Princess Diana, saying the world had lost a woman of "nobility and warmth" who inspired millions with her charity work.

    In a letter of condolence sent to British Prime Minister Tony Blair and released by the government here, Netanyahu described Princess Diana as "a woman of grace, beauty and charm."

    "On behalf of the government and the people of Israel, I would like to express our condolences to the royal family and the people of the United Kingdom on the tragic death of Princess Diana," he said.

    "She represented Britain with nobility and warmth and she captured the imagination of millions throughout the world with her dedication to her children and to innumerable worthy causes. "Her untimely death is a shock to all who admired her and who will cherish her memory," he said.

    At its weekly meeting Sunday, the Israeli cabinet also issued a condolence statement for Diana.

  • Mother Teresa, who had been visited a number of times by the Princess, has expressed sorrow over Princess Diana's death and said she and her missionary's nuns were praying for her.

    "Mother has heard the news and she is very sorry. She is praying for her and we all are praying for her" Missionaries of Charity, the Roman Catholic nun's religious order in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta, said in a statement.