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

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If we expel this poison, then a general and honorable peace is nearer than the public at large imagines.

I appeal to all. I appeal, above all, to the Germans and Hungarians, who in this war have accomplished superhuman things, but I appeal also to the millions of the citizens of all the other races of the Monarchy, who are loyal to the State to the backbone, and who do not think like some of their leaders. Every single Austrian, every single Hungarian, must step into the breach. No one has the right to remain aside. It is a question of the last decisive struggle. Every man must remain on deck; then we shall be victorious.


FURTHER AUSTRIAN EXPLANATION OF THE AUSTRO-FRENCH NEGOTIATIONS OF FEBRUARY, 19181
April 5, 1918

On instructions from the Foreign Minister, Count Revertata, counselor of the legation in Switzerland met with a confidential agent of M. Clemenceau, Count Armand, attached to the French War Ministry, who was sent to Switzerland to interview Count Revertata. As a result of the interview of these two gentlemen in Freiburg, Switzerland, on February 2, the question was discussed whether and on what basis a discussion concerning the bringing about of a general peace would be possible between the Foreign Ministers of Austria- Hungary and France, or between official representatives of these Ministers.

Thereupon Count Revertata, after obtaining instructions from the Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister, toward the close of February, declared on behalf of the Minister to Count Armand, for communication to M. Clemenceau, that Count Czernin was prepared for a discussion with a representative of France and regarded it as possible to hold a conversation with the prospect of success as soon as France renounced its plan for the conquest of Alsace-Lorraine.

Count Revertata received a reply in the name of M. Clemenceau to the effect that the latter was not in a position to accept the proposed

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Text in The New York Times, April 6, 1918, p. 3. This statement was possibly drawn forth by an unofficial comment said to have been made by M. Clemenceau, to the effect that "Czernin lied" in his speech of April 2.

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