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His Majesty's Embassy are instructed to inform the State Department that His Majesty's Government have now accepted in principle the United States draft as a basis for discussion by the representatives appointed by the Allied Governments to prepare for the prosecution of war criminals.
2. His Majesty's Government suggest that in the circumstances the United States Government may now care to follow up the approach which they made to the Three Powers at San Francisco by representing to His Majesty's Government, the Soviet Government and the French Government that it is urgently necessary to reach agreement on the main principle at least of the United States draft agreement, by inviting the two latter Powers to follow the example of the United States Government and of His Majesty's Government by appointing representatives for the prosecution of these criminals. His Majesty's Government hope that the United States Government might be willing to state that for various reasons and in view of the impending return to London of Judge Jackson, London appears to be the most suitable place for further discussions, both on the draft agreement and also on the organization of the proposed prosecuting authority, the preparation of charges, and the procedure for trials, and that they understand that His Majesty's Government would be prepared to issue invitations to the Three Powers concerned accordingly. The United States Government might wish to add that in view of the importance of working out the most satisfactory procedure possible in order that the trials should serve their full purpose, it would be desirable that these discussions should be conducted by the four prosecuting counsel. (This would incidentally give point to the invitation of the French and Soviet Governments to appoint their representatives without further delay).
International Conference on Military Trials : London, 1945
Report of Robert H. Jackson, United States Representative to the International Conference on Military Trials : London, 1945
International organization and conference series; II
European and British Commonwealth 1
Department of State Publication 3080
Washington, DC : Government Printing Office, 1949