Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, met Nov. 28 in Caracas to sign several agreements in areas including energy, trade and agriculture. Among the energy-related accords were agreements to explore the construction of an oil pipeline from Venezuela's Orinoco belt to Colombia's Pacific coastline. Will the pipeline be built? How important is cooperation between the countries on energy related matters? Will economic interests help keep the countries' previously tense relations at bay or will political differences again come to disrupt commercial ties?
Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor. "Will Colombia and Venezuela Collaborate on Energy Issues?." (2011). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/la_energy_dialog/87