17/7/1914 Serbia is somewhat conciliatory

Serbia’s ambassador in Vienna has previously reported that Austria-Hungary is planning something against Serbia. Now the Serbian ambassador to Britain reports that Austria-Hungary is apparently preparing a diplomatic offensive, as a possible prelude to war.

In response, Nikola Pašić, Serbia’s prime minister tells the Austro-Hungarian ambassador informally that Serbia would be willing to launch a police investigation into Franz Ferdinand’s murder. His country would accede to any other reasonable demands that did not compromise its independence.

Pašić mentions separately to the British ambassador that Serbia is willing to accommodate Austria-Hungary, but only so far. Demands for the suppression of nationalist societies or the censorship of the press are unacceptable, as these would infringe on Serbian sovereignty.

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