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Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II

Part III. Surrender of Japan,   pp. [69]-111 ff.

Page 79

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.]
Charg6 d'Affaires ad interim
of Switzerland
BYRNES Reply of August 14, 1945.6
AUGUST 14, 1945.
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.

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