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279 Attlee to Curtin

Circular cablegram D651 LONDON, 13 September 1943, 4.40 p.m.


My immediately preceding telegram. [1] Following is text-

'The Governments of the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet
Union and China, united in their determination, in accordance with
the declaration by the United Nations of 1st January, 1942 and
subsequent declarations, to continue hostilities against those
Axis powers with which they respectively are at war until such
powers have laid down their arms on the basis of unconditional
surrender, conscious of their responsibilities to secure
liberation of themselves and the peoples allied with them from the
menace of aggression; recognizing the necessity of ensuring a
rapid and orderly transition from war to peace and of establishing
and maintaining international peace and security with the least
diversion of the world's human and economic resources for
armaments, jointly declare-
(1) that their united action, pledged for the prosecution of the
war, will be continued for the organisation and maintenance of
peace and security;

(2) that those of them at war with a common enemy will act
together in all matters relating to the surrender and disarmament
of the enemy, and to any occupation of enemy territory and of
territory of other states held by that enemy;

(3) that they will take all measures deemed by them to be
necessary to provide against any violation of the requirements
imposed upon their present enemies;

(4) that they recognize the necessity of establishing at the
earliest practicable date a general international organisation,
based on the principle of sovereign equality of all nations, and
open to membership by all nations, large and small, for the
maintenance of international peace and security;

(5) that for the purpose of maintaining international peace and
security pending re-establishment of law and order and the
inauguration of a general system of security, they will consult
and act jointly on behalf of the community of nations;

(6) that, in connection with the foregoing purpose, they will
establish a technical commission to advise them on military
problems involved, including composition and strength of the
forces available in an emergency arising from a threat to peace;

(7) that they will not employ their military forces within the
territories of other states except for purposes envisaged in this
declaration and after joint consultation and agreement;

(8) that they will adopt and co-operate to bring about a
practicable general agreement with respect to regulation of
armaments in the post war period.'

1 Document 278.

[AA:A989, 43/1/1]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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