Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Herr Otto to Count Berchtold, 25 July 1914

On 25 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leopold Count Berchtold (pictured), received a coded telegram from the Austro-Hungarian Embassy in Montenegro concerning Montenegrin policy towards Serbia.

Leopold Count Berchtold

Leopold Count Berchtold

Herr Otto to Count Berchtold. Cetinje, 25 July 1914.

Cyphered.

The Premier [of Montenegro] who, a few days ago, started for a cure to Italy with the War Minister Vukotic, as well as the Adjutant-General of His Majesty, General Mitar Martinovic, who was travelling along the border of Montenegro and Servia, were all … [note: cypher is illegible] to Cetinje.

The city is quiet, but there is a depressed feeling. The ministers are pleading in favour of helping Servia in case of war. It is not possible to say whether the King [of Montenegro] and his friends will be able to resist the movement in favour of war. Besides the military preparations reported from Antivari sub 5 today, many have been called to arms to reinforce the troops on the Albanian border, under the pretext that Servia must be protected in case the Albanians should attack them.

Up to this hour neither His Majesty [the King of Montenegro] nor the government have expressed themselves on the communications made to them yesterday, except in the way I have already reported.

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

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