The Washington Post | 8/2/2010 12:00:00 AM
Colombia-Venezuela dispute unresolved in meeting of South American leaders
August 2--After the posturing and hysterics, an emergency meeting and competing press briefings, South American leaders were unable to resolve a crisis that began when the Colombian government accused Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez of aiding and abetting Colombian guerrillas.
Their inability to find common ground between Colombia, a close U.S. ally, and Chávez's socialist administration leaves relations between the two Andean neighbors in tatters in the waning days of Colombian President Álvaro Uribe's eight-year presidency.
The challenge for incoming president Juan Manuel Santos, as he prepares for his Aug. 7 inauguration, is to repair Colombia's ties to a leader suspicious of its motivations and links to Washington while somehow prodding Venezuela to reverse what Colombian authorities consider wholehearted support for two rebel groups.
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