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Elian Gonzalez Makes First Trip Abroad Since 2000

8:31 AM, Dec 11, 2013   |    comments
Cubanrafter-boy Elian Gonzalez (R), on June 30, 2010 is seen in a church of Havana, during the celebration of 10th Anniversary of his return from Miami. AFP PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES/ADALBERTO ROQUE
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HAVANA -- The young Cuban raft boy who was the subject of a high-profile international custody dispute more than a decade ago is making his first trip overseas since he was reunited with his father in 2000.

Cuban state media say Elian Gonzalez is in Ecuador as part of a delegation to this week's 23rd World Festival of Youth and Students.

Gonzalez was 6 when he was rescued from the waters off Florida and taken to the United States. His mother perished.

A battle began between Gonzalez's father, who demanded he be returned to Cuba, and Miami relatives who insisted the boy stay with them.

Gonzalez recently turned 20. He said in an interview published in official media that he has never regretted his father's decision to push for custody.

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