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 asks Berchtold to send the Serbian answer to Austri-Hungary’s ultimatum to Berlin.

Laszlo Count Szogyeny

Laszlo Count Szogyeny

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

Cyphered.—Private.

Serbia.

[The German Ambassador to Austria-Hungary,] Herr von Tschirschky has received telegraphic instructions to request your Excellency communicate the text of the Serbian Note answering our démarche in Belgrade [i.e. the Serbian answer to the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum] at the earliest opportunity.

The [German] Minister of Foreign Affairs [von Jagow] told me that this was all the more desirable, as we wished to convince England, when it asserts, that the Serbian answer complied with the chief points of our wishes.

The Serbian representative at noon today communicated to Herr von Jagow the alleged contents of [Serbian Prime Minister] Pasic’s answer.

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

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