Hugo Chavez and Alvaro Uribe go head-to-head with epic outbursts at Mexican summit

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Cancun, Mexico (CNN) — A shouting match involving the presidents of Venezuela and Colombia is the latest rumble in months of tension between the two South American nations.

The presidential outbursts between Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Alvaro Uribe of Colombia happened Monday afternoon at a closed-door luncheon for heads of state attending the so-called “Unity Summit” being held near the Mexican beach resort of Cancun.

According to a source who attended the luncheon and asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation, Chavez and Uribe started yelling and called each other names, using obscene language.

The source also said that Cuban President Raul Castro had to intervene to stop the verbal fight, asking, “How is it possible that we’re fighting at a summit intended to unite Latin American and Caribbean countries?”

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