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Thursday, 13 April, 2000, 18:47 GMT 19:47 UK
Deadline passes in Elian case

Relatives of the Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez, have defied a deadline for them to hand him over so he can return to Cuba with his father.

The United States attorney-general, Janet Reno, said there would be no immediate action by federal marshals to enforce the handover order.

She said it would be enforced -- but in a reasonable, measured way.

Police in the city of Miami have chained barricades together outside the house where Elian has been staying since he was shipwrecked off the Florida coast last November.

Demonstrators from Miami's Cuban community have threatened to surround the house to prevent Elian's removal. The boy himself has been shown on a home video, saying he doesn't want to return to Cuba with his father -- who's waiting for him in Washington.

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