Elian Ready to Meet His Father, Attorney Says

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNSNews.com)- An attorney for the Miami relatives of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez said Wednesday that the boy's relatives are now ready to take him anywhere in the United States to meet with his biological father.

Linda Osberg-Braun said on ABC's "Nightline" program that Elian's great-uncle, Lazaro Gonzalez decided to make the offer after a federal court ordered Elian to remain in America at least until his custody hearing has been held. That hearing is set for Federal Court in Atlanta on May 11th.

"They want to meet immediately, under any circumstances, without conditions. The most important thing is that the families get together," Osberg-Braun said.

Osberg-Braun also said Lazaro Gonzalez once again extended an invitation to Juan Miguel Gonzalez, Elian's biological father to come to Miami to see the young lad. Juan Miguel Gonzalez remains with his second wife and child at the home of Cuban diplomats in suburban Washington.

"If (Lazaro Gonzalez) knows that the boy will not be taken by the Cuban forces, if he knows that that won't happen through this order, he's absolutely prepared to bring the boy to meet with Juan Miguel," Osberg-Braun said.

Meanwhile, Cuba reacted angrily to the court order enjoining Elian to remain in the United States.

The Castro government, according to Cuba's government run television, accused its Miami opponents of deploying armed men to block any attempt to remove Elian from the Gonzalez home in Little Havana.

The government run television also said Cuba's senior diplomat in the US, Fernando Ramirez spelled out the accusations in a note that was delivered to the State Department in Washington.

"From various sources, we have discovered that among the demonstrators opposite the house where Elian Gonzalez is held kidnapped, there is a permanent presence of armed men who respond to the most recalcitrant court-revolutionary groups," according to the note.

The note went on to say "armed men intend to try and prevent US authorities from taking Elian out of the house."