Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Count Berchtold to the Austro-Hungarian Ambassadors in St. Petersburg, Rome, Paris, London and Berlin, 27 July 1914

On 27 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leopold Count Berchtold (pictured), sent a telegram to the Austro-Hungarian ambassadors in St. Petersburg, Rome, Paris, London, and Berlin. In his telegram, Berchtold reiterates the wish to localise the conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia.

Leopold Count Berchtold

Leopold Count Berchtold

Count Berchtold to the Imperial and Royal Ambassadors in St. Petersburg, Rome, Paris, London and Berlin. Vienna, 27 July 1914.

  1. Count Szapary in Petersburg.
  2. Herr von Merey in Rome.
  3. Count Szecsen in Paris.
  4. Count Mensdorff in London.
  5. Count Szogyeny in Berlin.

1.

Add to my telegram of 26 July.

I authorise your Excellency to tell [the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs] Herr Sazonov and your Italian colleagues, though not in a binding form, that as long as the war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia remains localised, the Monarchy will refrain from all territorial acquisitions.

2.-5.

I am telegraphing to Count Szapary:

“I authorise your Excellency to tell Herr Sazonov and your Italian colleagues, though not in a binding form, that as long as the war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia remains localised, the Monarchy will refrain from all territorial acquisitions.”

This is for your Excellency’s information, and to direct your speech.

3.

Received your telegram.

The first paragraph must be founded upon a mistake, which I do not think opportune to correct just now.

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

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