Austrian President Thomas Klestil, who helped distance Austria from its Nazi past and strengthened the country's ties with emerging Eastern European democracies, died of multiple organ failure in Vienna on Wednesday, July 6, 2004, two days before he was scheduled to leave office and retire. He was 71. He was elected president in 1992, succeeding Kurt Waldheim, the former U.N. secretary general who had concealed details about his service in the German Army during World War II. Klestil earlier served as Austria's ambassador to the United Nations and as ambassador to the United States.
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