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A model United Nations planned by the Harvard-Radcliffe International Relations Council has come under attack from a Boston organization which was originally assisting in the sponsorship of the event.
The Boston group, the World Affairs Council, withdrew from its position as co-sponsor and sent out letters of protest to the participating schools. According to Richard A. Durban '63, president of the Harvard Council, two schools then sent in notices cancelling their participation, but after further communications with Durban's group, agreed to continue to participate.
Controversy Over Molesworth
The principal objection of the World Affairs Council, according to Elliot L. Richardson, the president, involved Jack R. Molesworth, a member of the Republican State Committee, who had been named as moderator of the model U.N. General Assembly. He will also take part in the final event of the program, a passed discussion which will follow the keynote speech.
Richardson claimed that Molesworth was "a man of rather extreme views but without particular qualifications on the subject."
According to Durham, Nicholas Nyary, another World Affairs Council official, had insisted that a communist be added to the program "to provide balance," and that, after the Harvard group had refused, Nyary's organization had ceased to participate in the project.
Last night Nyary was unavailable for comment.
Other members of the panel will be Samuel Adam-Peku, a member of the Mission of Ghana to the United Nations, and Ruport Emerson, professor of Government.
Durham defended the placing of Molesworth on the panel, stating that it was hoped "to stimulate a discussion of issues" and to provide "an interchange of ideas."
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