HAVANA -- The grandmother of Elian Gonzalez said she is willing to go to Miami to bring the six-year-old boy home to Cuba, while Fidel Castro's point man on U.S. relations expressed impatience at Washington's failure to enforce a repatriation order.
In a massive demonstration demanding Elian's return, tens of thousands of Cuban women -- hundreds visibly pregnant and others carrying small children -- marched along Havana's seaside boulevard on Friday to the U.S. mission, waving Cuban flags and chanting ''Bring back our son!''
Elian's young stepmother, Nelsy, flanked by his two grandmothers, was at the head of the ''March of the Combatant Mothers,'' pushing his half brother in a stroller. Cuban authorities estimated 100,000 women participated in the march.
Ricardo Alarcon, president of the National Assembly and Castro's point man on U.S.-Cuban relations and former Cuban ambassador to the United Nations, dismissed suggestions by some U.S. politicians and Elian's relatives in Miami that Elian's father travel from Cardenas, Cuba, to Miami to pick up the boy. He said Cuba has not prohibited Gonzalez from going to Miami to retrieve Elian, American attorneys -- and even American officials -- have counseled against it.
The concern in Cuba always has been that if Gonzalez goes he will become involved in political and legal problems that will prevent his speedy return.
Elian's paternal grandmother, Mariela, told reporters that she was willing to go to Miami to retrieve her grandson if it was assured to her that she could pick him up and return immediately to Cuba without become embroiled in legal or political problems.
''I would go there just for one minute to get him. To get him. Nothing more,'' she said.
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