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NATION : No Plans to Force Resignation of Rights Official, White House Says

<i> From Times wire services </i>

The White House has no plans to force the resignation of William Barclay Allen, controversial chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said today.

Allen, whose brief tenure at the helm of the politically beleaguered panel has been marked by controversy, most recently created a stir by getting personally involved in a tangled custody dispute over a 14-year-old Apache girl at the White Mountain Apache reservation in Arizona.

“We don’t anticipate any change in Mr. Allen’s situation,” Fitzwater told reporters.

There have been reports the White House was considering replacing Allen, a professor of government at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., whose term ends in 1992. A Reagan Administration appointee, Allen has continued that administration’s ardent conservative and confrontational policies at the commission.

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