Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is hoping to hold talks with his Colombian counterpart on easing tensions between the South American neighbors.

Chavez says he wants to "turn the page" following a verbal altercation with Alvaro Uribe during a summit of Latin American and Caribbean leaders this week in Mexico.

Chavez acknowledged Thursday that he and Uribe traded insults during a summit dinner, though he did not give full details.

According to an official who was at the meeting, Uribe told Chavez to "be a man" and the Venezuelan leader told him to "go to hell."

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because delegations that were present agreed not to discuss the spat publicly.