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UT Austin president and UT System chancellor comment on debate invitation

The following is a joint statement by William H. Cunningham, Chancellor of The University of Texas System and Larry R. Faulkner, President of The University of Texas at Austin, in response to an invitation to debate the cancellation of the Feb. 1 planned lecture by Dr. Henry Kissinger:

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AUSTIN, Texas—The following is a joint statement by William H. Cunningham, Chancellor of The University of Texas System and Larry R. Faulkner, President of The University of Texas at Austin, in response to an invitation to debate the cancellation of the Feb. 1 planned lecture by Dr. Henry Kissinger:

“The decision to cancel the planned lecture by Dr. Henry Kissinger was made

jointly by Mr. Harry Middleton, Director of the LBJ Library, and Dr.

Kissinger himself. They acted upon the analysis and advice of security

agencies, including the U.S. Secret Service and the UT Austin Police, who

had been closely monitoring developments. The two of us agree that there

were legitimate concerns over public safety and over the ability of Dr.

Kissinger to deliver his remarks. These are the basic facts of the matter.

We see nothing to debate.”