Negotiations Continue With Castro's Gov't

July 7, 2008 - 8:08 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Attorney Gregory Craig on Wednesday is continuing negotiations in Havana with Fidel Castro's government whether Juan Miguel Gonzalez, father of Elian Gonzalez, should visit the United States soon in order to retrieve his son.

Craig arrived in Havana late Tuesday and has been negotiations with Cuban government officials about the matter since he arrived.

A spokesperson for Craig's office in Washington told CNSNews.com Wednesday that all she knew was negotiations are on-going and there is nothing new to report.

Earlier reports indicated Craig would urge Juan Miguel Gonzalez to travel to the US as soon as possible in order to secure custody of his son Elian.

One sticking point in the negotiations appears to be the number of people who would accompany Gonzalez to the United States. The State Department has approved six visas for the immediate family but the Castro government said that was not enough. The Castro government wants more people including some of Elian's former Cuban schoolmates to accompany the family.

It is still not known yet whether Gonzalez will travel to Washington or to Miami first if he does come to the United States. A federal court hearing on Elian's custody status is set for Atlanta on May 11th.

Florida Senator Connie Mack's (R) office said in a statement on Capitol Hill, Mack and other sponsors of legislation to declare Elian a US citizen may push instead for a nonbonding resolution urging that Elian's custody be decided by an impartial panel. Mack believes he does not have enough support in the Senate yet to bring up Elian's citizenship legislation anytime soon.

Meanwhile, in Miami on Wednesday, the South Florida home of Attorney General Janet Reno was the sight of protest. Between 30 and 50 people, according to police estimates, carried signs depicting Reno as a devil with horns.