Latin America’s Odd Couple

“I will welcome him like a brother,” President Hugo Chavez said of his fellow South American leader Alvaro Uribe just before his arrival in Venezuela.

His warm words were a far cry from other, less flattering comments made to Colombia’s president just a few months ago.

Some might be sceptical, but the presidents do now appear to be trying to get on after a row that put the once-friendly countries on a war footing.

“I love Colombians from my soul,” said President Chavez as he sipped coffee while waiting for his neighbour.

“What I have for Colombia is affection, love and commitment to our true brotherhood and union”.

Positive words, but behind this public show of unity, there are fundamental differences between the two leaders that will be hard to resolve.”

The rest is here at BBC.

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