Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

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his life for the freedom and independence of his native land. Every British, every American, every Portuguese soldier knows, that he will be fighting side by side with the others for international right and justice throughout the world, and it is that growing conviction more even than the knowledge of vast unexhausted resources which gives them all heart--it gives us heart--to go on fighting to the end, knowing full well that the future of mankind is our trust to maintain and to defend.


ALLIED DECLARATION ON BALKAN POLICY AND PEACE TERMS
July 26, 1917

The Allied Powers more closely united than ever for the defense of the peoples' rights, particularly in the Balkan Peninsula, are resolved not to lay down arms until they have attained the end which in their eyes dominates all others--to render impossible a return of the criminal aggression such as that for which the Central Empires bear the responsibility.

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STATEMENT OF FOREIGN MINISTER CZERNIN ON PEACE TERMS IN REPLY TO MR. LLOYD-GEORGE2
July 28, 1917

In his speech on the occasion of the Belgian National Festival of Independence in London, Mr. Lloyd-George represented the statements made by the Imperial Chancellor in the Reichstag as equivocal. This reproach seems to me incomprehensible. The Chancellor's statement was absolutely clear, and the British statesman's comment becomes even more incomprehensible when it is considered that Mr. Lloyd-George in his speech put the Reichstag's peace resolution altogether on one side, although this resolution is inseparably bound up1

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1

Text in The New York Times, July 28, 1917, p. 1.

2
Text in The Times, London, July 30, 1917, p. 7.

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