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Piñera justifies his absence at COP25 for the “hard times” that Chile lives

December 2, 2019


The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, thanked Spain's “generosity and understanding” for hosting the UN climate summit and justified its absence, arguing that it was necessary to remain in the South American country facing the “hard times” that goes through.

Piñera announced in November the refusal to host the XXV Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (CO25), which opened the door for his transfer to Spain. The Chilean president, who spoke on video at the opening ceremony, thanked “from the bottom of his soul” the gesture of the acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.

Piñera justifies his absence at COP25 for the “hard times” that Chile lives
Piñera justifies his absence at COP25 for the “hard times” that Chile lives

Piñera has stressed that Chile's commitment to the fight against climate change is “firm, clear and permanent”, so it “hurts” not to have traveled in Madrid. “I feel that my duty is to be in Chile, facing the hard times we have lived,” he said.

In this way, he has alluded to a series of “simultaneous situations” experienced in Chile, including a “wave of criminal violence” generated during the last protests. The Chilean authorities have responded “with the instruments of democracy and the rule of law, safeguarding Human Rights”, in the words of Piñera, who has guaranteed that there will be accountability for any possible abuse, “as is the case in a democracy.”

The Chilean president, who has also defended his promises of social reforms and the consensus to reform the Constitution, has been convinced that Chile will know how to “overcome these difficult times.”

Piñera has called the participants of the summit to face climate challenges with “will, courage and urgency,” given that science has spoken “loud and clear” and commitments, more necessary, are deemed necessary. ambitious “to meet them” in shorter terms. ”

“We know too much to remain skeptical,” added Piñera, who believes that “the time for diagnosis is over, the time for action has come.” “Nature is imploring us to take care of her so she can also take care of us,” he said.

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