The former Prime Minister is said to be greatly saddened by the death of the ruthless dictator who she entertained to tea in Downing Street.
Following his death yesterday, I wondered whether Baroness Thatcher would attend his funeral. ITN reported overnight that it won't be a state occasion.
If Mrs Thatcher had still been PM, she'd probably have staged a state funeral in London for Pinochet, no doubt in recognition of his support in the Falklands War against Argentina.
A spokesman for Lady Thatcher told the Daily Telegraph Lady Thatcher would not be issuing a formal statement but would be sending her "deepest condolences" to Gen Pinochet's widow and family.
The Telegraph says the statement issued by Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett is 'terse'. It is also right on the button:
We note the passing of Gen Pinochet and want to pay tribute to the remarkable progress that Chile has made over the last 15 years as an open, stable and prosperous democracy.Meanwhile, in a separate article, the Telegraph recalls Pinochet's secret flight from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.