740. 00116 E. W./8–645: Telegram

No. 1403
The Ambassador in France (Caffery) to the Acting Secretary of State


4728. There follows translation of note just received from Bidault answering mine of August 11 which enclosed a statement adopted by the three powers at Potsdam Conference concerning trial of war criminals:

“Answering your communication of August second (first?) pertaining to major war criminals whose crimes cannot be exactly limited to a certain area, [I have the honor to inform you that the Provisional Govt of the French Republic,] [stating the desire of the American, British and Soviet Govts to bring about the trial of the guilty parties as soon as possible,]2 associates itself with the declaration of the three Govts.

I would appreciate your being kind enough to so inform your Govt”.

Sent Dept as 4728; rptd London as 570 to Moscow as 240.

  1. Document No. 1400.
  2. The two passages here printed in brackets appear to be transposed.