Hugo Chavez Wants to Ease Tensions With Colombia

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.