Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Count Szogyeny to Count Berchtold, 27 July 1914

On 27 July 1914, Laszlo Count Szogyeny, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Germany (pictured), sent a coded private telegram to Leopold Count Berchtold, the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs. In his telegram, Szogyeny comments on Italy and the Triple Alliance, which comprised of Austria-Hungary, Italy, and Germany.

Laszlo Count Szogyeny

Laszlo Count Szogyeny

Count Szogyeny to Count Berchtold. Berlin, 27 July 1914.

Cyphered.—Private.

Italy.

The [German] Minister of Foreign Affairs [Gottlieb von Jagow] agrees perfectly with the answer your Excellency gave the Italian Ambassador [to Austria-Hungary] (your Excellency’s telegram from yesterday), and approves that you did not at present consent to discuss the interpretation of Article VII of the Triple Alliance Treaty. At the same time, Herr von Jagow believes that the Italian government should be clearly told that if we find it absolutely necessary to occupy some portion of Serbian territory otherwise than in a transitory manner, your Excellency would not raise any objections to a compensation on Italy’s part, without, however, even mentioning the question of its extent.

Both Herr von Jagow and [the Under-Secretary of State] Herr Zimmermann think that such a declaration would satisfy Italy, which is continually harping on the subject here.

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

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