Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II
Part III. Surrender of Japan, pp. -111 ff.
and the Imperial General Headquarters of the neces- sary terms for carrying out the provisions of the Potsdam declaration. His Majesty is also prepared to issue his commands to all the military, naval, and air authorities of Japan and all the forces under their control wherever located to cease active operations, to surrender arms and to issue such other orders as may be required by the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces for the execution of the above- mentioned terms." Accept [etc.] GRX6SSLI Charg6 d'Affaires ad interim of Switzerland BYRNES Reply of August 14, 1945.6 AUGUST 14, 1945. SIR: With reference to your communication of today's date, transmitting the reply of the Japanese Govern- ment to the communication which I sent through you to the Japanese Government on August 11, on behalf of the Governments of the United States, China, the United Kingdom, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which I regard as full acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration and of my statement of August 11, 1945, I have the honor to inform you that the President of the United States has directed that the following message be sent to you for transmission to the Japanese Government: "You are to proceed as follows: "(1) Direct prompt cessation of hostilities by C Ibid. 79
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