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the Defendant Keitel; Chief of the Wehrmacht Fürungsstab , that is the Defendant Jodl. Then over the page — "later on the following persons were added." I call the Tribunal's attention to the fact that those who came in later included the Defendant Ribbentrop.

If I might read the part of Hitler's statement set out on page 4:

"The Führer describes Yugoslavia's situation after the coup d'état. Statement that Yugoslavia was an uncertain factor in regard to the coming Marita action and even more in regard to the Barbarossa undertaking later on. Serbs and Slovenes were never pro-Germans."
I think I can pass on to the second paragraph:

"The present moment is for political and military reasons favorable for us to ascertain the actual situation in the country and the country's attitude towards us. For if the overthrow of the government would have happened during the Barbarossa action, the consequences for us probably would been considerably more serious."
And then the next paragraph to which I would particularly draw the Tribunal's attention:

"The Führer is determined, without waiting for possible loyalty declarations of the new government, to make all preparations in order to destroy Yugoslavia militarily and as a national unit. No diplomatic inquiries will be made nor ultimatums presented. Assurances of the Yugoslav Government which cannot be trusted anyhow in the future will be taken note of. The attack will start as soon as the means and troops suitable for it are ready.

"It is important that actions will be taken as fast as possible. An attempt will be made to let the bordering states participate in a suitable way. An actual military support, against Yugoslavia is to be requested of Italy, Hungary, and in certain respects of Bulgaria too. Romania's main task is the protection against Russia. The Hungarian and the Bulgarian Ministers have already been notified. During the day a message will still be addressed to the Duce.

"Politically it is especially important that the blow against Yugoslavia is carried out with unmerciful harshness and that the military destruction is done in a lightning-like taking. In this way Turkey would become sufficiently frightened and the campaign against Greece later on would be influenced in a favorable way. It can be assumed that the Croats will come to our side when we attack. A corresponding political treatment (autonomy later on) will be assured to them. The war against Yugoslavia should be very popular in