Chilean leader to give rock from mine to queen

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is presenting Britain`s Queen Elizabeth II with a rock from the bottom of the collapsed mine where 33 men were trapped for more than two months.

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2010, 21:21 PM IST

London: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera
is presenting Britain`s Queen Elizabeth II with a rock from
the bottom of the collapsed mine where 33 men were trapped for
more than two months.

Pinera is in London as part of a European tour, after
the dramatic extraction of the men from the San Jose mine.
He`s seeking to capitalize on the wave of international
admiration for the rescue to burnish Chile`s image abroad.

Pinera said today he was bringing one rock from the
bottom of the mine for the queen and another for British Prime
Minister David Cameron.

In an unusual, half-hour interview on the BBC, Pinera
said the rescue had changed not only the miners, but the
Chilean people and their government as well.

PTI