Copeland apologizes to Chilean president

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- The drummer for the Police apologized to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet for comments decried as derogatory by the government and invited her to attend Wednesday's concert in Santiago.

Stewart Copeland, whose rock band is on the South American leg of a reunion tour, told Chile's Mercurio newspaper in an interview published in October: "Look, the future president of Argentina would be good for one beer; yours (would be good) for four."

While it was not clear what Copeland meant with the comments, many Chileans took them to mean he found their first female president, Bachelet, less attractive than Argentine president-elect Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who will be her country's first elected female leader.

Copeland said in a letter to Bachelet -- circulated by the government Wednesday -- that his words were taken out of context.

"I was mortified to learn this remark reached you and you were asked to comment on such a trivial matter," Copeland said in the letter.

Bachelet did not comment on the letter.

"If by chance you are able, Sting, Andy (Summers) and I would welcome the opportunity to personally express our admiration for you and your wonderful country by extending an invitation to you and your guests to attend our performance," Copeland said.
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