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Monday's Connector: Sebastian Pinera

October 18th, 2010
07:03 AM ET

Sporting a burnished image after the rescue of 33 trapped miners, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera arrived in England on the weekend.

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He is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday.

Cameron spoke with Pinera earlier in the week after all 33 miners were successfully hoisted to safety, a spokesman for the prime minister said. He told Pinera that the rescue effort had demonstrated tremendous skill.

Pinera had vowed to be at the San Jose mine in northern Chile until all of the miners were out. True to his word, he greeted each miner with a hug as they stepped out from the rescue capsules to fresh air for the first time.

Pinera called the rescue a "magical day" for Chile, one that fueled patriotic fervor as the entire world cast its eyes on the South American nation.

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by Chilean president Sebastian Pinera.

Please leave your questions below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Cleophas

    Thank for your unparalleled efforts to free the miners. Chile taught the world that there is still a space on earth were life is still cherished.
    If you consider many conflicts happening today human life is disregarded and religion is as a vehicle of hate, division and murder.
    I want to know how you plan to help other miners who worked on the San Jose mine.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:03 am | Reply
  2. Lucy ling

    Was there every a moment where you lost hope and felt like it was never going to happen?

    October 18, 2010 at 8:28 am | Reply
  3. peter jerry

    Dear Mr. President,
    What do you think was the impact of this mine crisis on Chile as a whole?
    Do you think this has made other countries notice chile more? How will you use this oging forward.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:29 am | Reply
  4. Ngozi

    Mr. Pinera, I salute your courage during the 69days ordeal. I simply want to ask what was your greatest strenght during this period and how where you able to unite the people of Chile to this Common goal? where there people who politicise the situation in Chile using the case to undermine your government?

    Ngozi from Nigeria.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:37 am | Reply
  5. Jose Cabrera Cali Colombia

    It was a miracle to see life at the end of the tune.........and to see you as the president so involved made a lot of people in this world felt that
    chile has a man with a heart of gold as president......I was in front of the tv on cnn for most of the time ............I like to know if there is something your country can do to help other mine workers in the world and what safety guidelines are you going to introduce to make minning in chile as safe as any country in the world or even better?

    October 18, 2010 at 8:50 am | Reply
  6. Ridzuan

    Mr President Sir, first of all, congratulations on the success of the rescue operation. You led by example and it was an inspiration to watch as you greeted each miner when they reached the surface. If I may ask, has this experience change anything about your views on life and other matters relating to it?

    October 18, 2010 at 9:22 am | Reply
  7. Shami

    It was amazing to witness the dramatic rescue. I believe President Sebastian Pinera should be credited to allocate resources and support the project. Other leaders should lean from him and prioritize the safety of the citizen first even when they are 700 mtrs underground.

    Leaders should protect their people above that they should love them and give them hope where if seems to be hopeless. Mr. President the world had seen how much you love your country and God has added more years on your life. Keep it up. God Bless you and God bless Chile and Rwanda.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:23 am | Reply
  8. David Sheriff

    Hello Mr President,

    Congratulations on a remarkable rescue and more than that I salute the miners.

    I am appalled however that they have returned to slum conditions in the real world. After all their ordeal and publicity, will they be forgotten and disheartened heroes?

    David Sheriff ( UK, now resident Brasil )

    October 18, 2010 at 10:24 am | Reply
  9. Dorit

    I am a Chilean living in Israel and I want to tell you that I have never been so proud of Chile and of the Chilean people. Chile gave an important lesson on humanity to the world, leaded by you.

    We followed the rescue live in CNN and were overwhelmed by emotion while seeing the full operation and your presence, together with your ministers and the rescuers, hugging each miner.
    My question is, what about the rest of the miners who used to work in the San Jose mine?
    I read in a newspaper that the trapped miners were the only ones still getting their salary since the day the mine was closed.
    I want to wish you to continue from success to success for you personally, your government and for the people of Chile

    October 18, 2010 at 10:46 am | Reply
  10. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique on the following questions:

    – How are you going to Improve the Health, Safety and Well-being of ALL Chileans (including the Miners)?

    – How are you going to Improve Chile to be Earthquake Victims Free?

    – What can we expect from you in 2010 and 2011?

    I am awaiting Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    October 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  11. Peace

    Mr.president,i congratulate u 4all ur effort 2free d trapped miners.my question is what becomes d fate of other miners in san jose mine

    October 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  12. abtex

    Good captain,Great team. That's what I can tag pinera and the rescue team. Privately, hear this pinera...

    October 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  13. Rose

    If all leaders will have your kind of heart the world will a better place to be. Sir what preventive measur do you intend to put in place to prevent future re occurence?

    October 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  14. Ejike Anichebe

    Mr President, what motivated your commitment throughout the rescue period. Was it borne out patriotism or did you want to score a political gain..Ejike from Nigeria.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  15. Li

    We love Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

    October 25, 2010 at 2:36 am | Reply
  16. Nash Indalkar

    Mr President,

    When are we going to stop Digging holes in our mother Earth for the oil and minerals ?

    Thanks n Regards


    October 25, 2010 at 11:04 am | Reply

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