30/6/1914 Franz Josef is cautious

In Vienna, foreign minister Berchtold reports to Emperor Franz Josef that the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand must be avenged. The time has come from for a final reckoning with Serbia, whose hand must surely be behind the assassination. Berchtold urges decisive but not hasty action.

Franz Josef agrees in principle, but he is concerned about the unity of his empire. There can be no action against Serbia unless it is backed by Count Tisza, the Hungarian prime minister.

Meanwhile from Belgrade comes a note from Wilhelm von Stork, the Austro-Hungarian chargé d’affaires. He reports on Serbian exultation at the death of Franz Ferdinand.

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