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

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ABDICATION OF EMPEROR CHARLES OF AUSTRIA-HUNGARY1
November 11, 1918

Since my accession I have incessantly tried to rescue my peoples from this tremendous war. I have not delayed the reestablishment of constitutional rights or the opening of a way for the people to substantial national development.

Filled with an unalterable love for my peoples I will not, with my person, be a hindrance to their free development. I acknowledge the decision taken by German-Austria to form a separate State.

The people has by its deputies taken charge of the government. I relinquish every participation in the administration of the State. Likewise I have released the members of the Austrian Government from their offices.

May the German-Austrian people realize harmony from the new adjustment. The happiness of my peoples was my aim from the beginning. My warmest wishes are that an internal peace will be able to heal the wounds of this war.

(Signed) CHARLES.

(Countersigned) LAMMASCH.


ADDRESS OF PRIME MINISTER LLOYD-GEORGE TO LIBERAL PARTY LEADERS ON PEACE TERMS2
November 12, 1918.

One of the principal issues at the forthcoming general election will be the nature of the peace settlement. It will mean the settlement of the world. What are the principles on which that settlement is to be effected? Are we to lapse back into the old national rivalries and animosities and competitive armaments, or are we to initiate the reign on earth of the Prince of Peace? It is the duty of Liberalism to use its influence to ensure that it shall be the reign of peace. What are the

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1

The New York Times, November 14, 1918, p. 2. The precise intention of the second sentence of the third paragraph may not justify the term "abdication."

2
The Times, London, November 13, 1918, p. 9.

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