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23 July 1914 The Austro-Hungarian Ultimatum to Serbia English Translation The Austro-Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs Berchtold to the Minister at Belgrade von Giesl Vienna July 22 1914 Your Excellency will present the following note to the Royal Government on the afternoon of Thursday July 23 On the 31st of March 1909 the Royal Serbian Minister at the Court of Vienna made in the name of his Government the following declaration to the Imperial and Royal Government Serbia recognizes that her rights were not affected by the state of affairs created in Bosnia and states that she will accordingly accommodate herself to the decisions to be reached by the Powers in connection with Article 25 of the Treaty of Berlin Serbia in accepting the advice of the Great Powers binds herself to desist from the attitude of protest and opposition which she has assumed with regard to the annexation since October last and she furthermore binds herself to alter the tendency of her present policy toward Austria-Hungary and to live on the footing of friendly and neighborly relations with the latter in the future Now the history of the past few years and particularly the painful events of the 28th of June have proved the existence of a subversive movement in Serbia whose object it is to separate certain portions of its territory from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy This movement which came into being under the very eyes of the Serbian Government subsequently found expression outside of the territory of the Kingdom in acts of terrorism in a number of attempts at assassination and in murders Far from fulfilling the formal obligations contained in its declaration of the 31st of March 1909 the Royal Serbian Government has done nothing to suppress this movement It has tolerated the criminal activities of the various unions and associations directed against the Monarchy the unchecked utterances of the press the
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