740.00116 PW/9–145: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Winant ) to the Secretary of State

8941. From Hodgson. Refer Embassy cable 8298 of August 16 and Department’s cable 7493 of August 31.8 At meeting of War Crimes Commission held on August 29 Commission unanimously adopted recommendations contained in document SFEC 1 as revised by Special Committee subject to proviso that they may require reconsideration by Commission if terms of surrender should be found to be inconsistent with them. Copies of document adopted by Commission (C. 145 (1)) being forwarded today.9 Australia urged action. I opposed immediate action by Special Committee and requested postponement of its meetings but did not feel justified in absence of Department’s view in further opposing action by it and Commission. Copies of draft sent to Judge Advocate General of Army on August 16. [Hodgson.]

  1. Latter not printed.
  2. See despatch 217, infra.