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Talks Break Down in Gonzalez Case

Aired April 4, 2000 - 4:09 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DONNA KELLEY, CNN ANCHOR: In Miami this hour, dozens of anti- Castro Cuban-Americans are gathered outside the home of Elian Gonzalez' relatives. And they are anxiously awaiting word on the Cuban boy's fate after talks broke off today between federal officials and lawyers for the relatives. We want to check in with our Susan Candiotti.

She is in Miami there -- Susan.

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Donna.

This major development now coming according to attorneys representing the family of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez, that in fact the talks have broken down, that's it. They're over according to this attorney, that they had two points they would not budge on. The first point was that they wanted this independent psychological examination to determine if a reunion could take place between father and son. The government would not give them that answer, would not do it. Point number two, the family's relatives, the attorneys for the family wanted a binding assurance from the father and the Cuban forces behind him that the father would remain in the United States with his son while an appeals process was completed. The government said we can't give you that either. With that, according to one of the attorneys, the talks have ended and the attorneys representing the Gonzalez family plan on holding a news conference pretty shortly at the U.S. attorney's office in Miami.

What would happen next? That remains unclear. There is no official pronouncement from the government at this time. Although they have said in the past that they do not plan to immediately remove the boy. In the past they said they might put together a panel of experts within a few days to determine how a transfer could take place, removing the boy from here over to begin a reunion process. Meantime, we have no word on when the father will be coming to the United States and if he will be coming to the United States and what this development means in those terms.

Susan Candiotti, CNN, reporting live in Miami.

KELLEY: All right, Susan, thank you very much for those developments.

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