Piñera: “We made a commitment to never give up and we accomplished it”
Chile, October 12, 2010
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, spoke before the rescue operation that will end the tragic story of the 33 miners who are trapped for more than two months in the mines of Copiapo.
Pinera spoke about the process of rescue from its beginnings, how they initially stated that they would be out near the end of the year. “We made a commitment to never give up and we accomplished it” the president said.
“I hope tonight will be of joy, excitement and hope. The whole world will share the joy of these 33 miners, tonight is a night we will never forget” said Piñera.
“For the past 60 days, there is a working group which must submit a report within 10 days. It will change our laws so that we can take a leap forward for our workers in order for them to work more safely and with more dignity” the President said.
Furthermore, Piñera confirmed the presence of Evo Morales during the rescue (one of the miners is his compatriot) and said that “probably the first miner to go out will have the surname ‘Avalos’.”
The time the rescue starts is set, “around 20″. The works could last between 24 and 48 hours.
Finally, the President said that “the miners will not be the same after today” and concluded that “tonight will be historic.”