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Elian Gonzalez and Miami Relatives Expected to Arrive at Home of Sister Jeanne O'LaughlinAired April 12, 2000 - 12:15 p.m. ET
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JEANNE MESERVE, CNN ANCHOR: We are going to take you back immediately to Miami and CNN's John Zarrella. Elian Gonzalez and relatives are about to arrive at the home of Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin -- John.
JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN MIAMI BUREAU CHIEF: That is right, Jeanne, as we expected within the next couple of moments here they should be approaching the front gate. You can see the vehicles coming down the street there, now arriving here at Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin's residence.
We really have no idea how long they plan to being here. it has been left completely up in the air. We don't know if they brought their overnight bags with them, if they plan to spend the night, if they are just here for a few hours, if they are here waiting for negotiations to be completed.
There are rumors and some reports that negotiations are still continuing that could get the two sides together. Sources are telling us that they believe that the members from the INS are trying to work out negotiations where they could meet at a neutral location, the family and Juan Miguel Gonzalez. All of those locations being in Florida or very near to Florida, either South Florida, North Florida or somewhere near the Georgia border. Of course that has been speculated within the last few days as well.
But no word on why they decided to come here to wait it out other than they wanted to get away from all the rumors. And those were rumors that Elian Gonzalez might be somehow snatched or seized by the federal authorities -- Jeanne.
MESERVE: John Zarrella in Miami, thanks.
We are going to go quickly now to Bethesda, Maryland. Bob Franken is there.
Bob, can you bring us up to date on the latest on Juan Miguel Gonzalez's perspective on what is happening this morning.
BOB FRANKEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, actually, this is the other corner of the story of course, and it played just a short while ago, when Juan Gonzalez left in a motorcade, went down to his lawyer's office to find out exactly what is going on and if there are negotiations under way to be right there as they go between the lawyer and the officials of the federal government and the Miami family.
Now we get some indication about his state of mind from the woman who has been involved on behalf of the Cuban government and the family almost from the beginning. She is with the National Council of Churches, Reverend Joan Brown Campbell.
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REV. JOAN BROWN CAMPBELL, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES: He will communicate to the lawyer, to Janet Reno that he has made many concessions in the seven days he's been here. He has tried to be cooperative. I think last night was an enormous discouragement for him when he agreed that he would meet the family and then, as you all know, throughout the night things kept changing. And he's going to simply ask now that the attorney general issue the court order, and that the boy be returned to him immediately.
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FRANKEN: And we're still awaiting the letter that would go our from the attorney general to the family saying: This is how you will turn over the boy to his father, Juan Gonzalez.
Bob Franken, CNN live, Bethesda, Maryland.
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