Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Count Berchtold to Baron Macchio at the Austro-Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 25 July 1914

On 25 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leopold Count Berchtold (pictured), sent a coded private telegram to the First Section Section Chief at the Austro-Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Baron Karl von Macchio. In his telegram, Berchtold instructs Baron Macchio that the term for the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia would not be prolonged.

Leopold Count Berchtold

Leopold Count Berchtold

Count Berchtold to the Imperial and Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lambach, 25 July 1914

Cyphered.—Private.

For Baron Macchio [First Section Chief at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs].

The Russian Chargé d’Affaires has telegraphed me that he has been urgently instructed by his government to demand a prolongation of the term for the ultimatum to Servia. I beg your Excellency to answer him in my name that we cannot concede a prolongation of the term. Moreover, your Excellency will add that even after the breaking off of diplomatic relations the unconditional acceptance of our demands could bring about a peaceful solution, but that in this case we should be obliged to demand reimbursement for the expenses incurred by military measures.

I beg your Excellency to inform the German Ambassador [to Austria-Hungary] of the above.

Source: 1919 Austro-Hungarian Red Book, with minor edits.

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