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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Yugoslavia,   pp. 892-900 PDF (3.1 MB)

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860h.01/26: Telegram
The Commission to Negotiate Peace to the Acting Secretary of State
PARIS, February 6, 1919, 4 p.m.
[Received February 7, 1.32 a.rn.]
622. The Secretary of State will give out on February 7th the fol-
lowing statement in regard to the union of the Jugo Slav peoples,
which you may give out to the press immediately:
" On May 29, 1918, the Government of the United States ex-
pressed its sympathy for the nationalistic aspirations of the Jugo
Slav race and on June 28 declared that all branches of the Slavish
race should be completely freed from German and Austrian rule.3
After having achieved their freedom from foreign oppression the
Jugo Slav[s] formerly under Austro-Hungarian rule on various
occasions expressed the desire to unite with the Kingdom of Servia.
The Servian Government on its part has publicly and officially
accepted the union of the Serb, Croat and Slovene peoples. The
Government of the United States, therefore, welcomes the union
while recognizing that the final settlement of territorial frontiers
must be left to the Peace Conference for determination according
to desires of the peoples concerned."
All this statement has been transmitted Mr. Trumbitch and tele-
graphed to Dodge at Belgrade.
The Acting Secretary of State to the Yugoslav Minister (Grouitch)
No. 2                        WASHINGTON, February 10, 1919.
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of an undated
Note from the Serbian Charge d'Affaires I stating that in accordance
with a decision of the Central Committee of the National Council
of Zagreb, representing the State of all the Serbian, Croatian and
Slovene provinces within the boundaries of the former Austro-
Hungarian Monarchy, the Serbian Crown Prince has proclaimed the
union of all the Serbian, Croatian and Slovene provinces of the
former Dualist Monarchy with the Kingdom of Serbia in a single
state all under the title of " Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slo-
venes " under the rule of His Majesty King Peter and the regency
of the Crown Prince Alexander.
a Foreign Relations, 1918, Supplement 1, vol. i, pp. 808 and 816, respectively.
4Ante, p. 892.

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