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Fox May Visit Elian Gonzalez During Cuba Trip

Tuesday, 29 January 2002 12:00 AM

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday that Cuban Leader Fidel Castro is preparing to greet Fox before he visits Elian in nearby Cardenas.

Armando Gutierrez, a spokesman for Elian's Miami relatives believes Fox should ask Castro why Elian is not allowed to talk to his Miami relatives.

"Vincente Fox should ask why Elian has not been able to speak with his relatives in Miami since he's been taken away," said Gutierrez in an interview with CNSNews.com.

Over the weekend, Illinois Gov. George Ryan was prepared to give Elian a gift when he visited Cuba, but the Castro government denied his request to see the boy, telling him that Elian was doing well and living a normal life outside the glare of publicity.

Elian was rescued off the Florida East Coast on Thanksgiving Day 1999 after his mother and other passengers died on a raft trying to reach the United States from Cuba.

He became the subject of a tug of war between the United States and Cuba during the Clinton administration after being rescued from the Atlantic Ocean and being temporarily placed with relatives in Miami.

The boy was ultimately taken by armed federal agents during an Easter weekend raid in April 2000 and later returned to Cuba to live with his father after the custody battle went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Elian is living in Cardenas with his natural father. He turned eight years old in December.

While not commenting directly on the possible Elian visit, the Cuban-American National Foundation thinks Fox should meet with Cuban dissidents while there, according to CANF executive director Dennis Hays.

"President Fox has repeatedly stated that he will meet with dissidents when he goes to Cuba. It would be unthinkable for a man who knows first-hand the worth of freedom and democracy to turn his back on his neighbors," said Hays in an interview with CNSNews.com.

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