March 29, 2011|By Shasta Darlington, CNN
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter squashed speculation on Tuesday that
he can secure the release of American contractor Alan Gross during
Carter's trip to Cuba.
"We have spoken to some officials about Mr. Gross. But I am not here to
take him out of the country," he told journalists, speaking in Spanish,
when asked about the case.
Carter was visiting the Belen Convent on the second day of his three-day
private visit to talk about Cuba's economic reforms and bilateral
relations. He is set to meet with President Raul Castro on Tuesday
evening and dissidents on Wednesday morning, and will give a press
conference later Wednesday.