Serbia, Sunday, 5th July

7 July Serbian government gets report from its minister in Vienna warning Austria-Hungary might take strong action.

8 July Pašić tells the German minister in Belgrade of his horror and indignation at the crime in Sarajevo.
He goes on to say ".... that a civilised government could not possibly be held responsible for the excesses of callow and overwrought lads".
The surveillance of nationalistic associations at home and abroad is most difficult for a liberal and democratic government such as Serbia's. [More]

9 July In a report to Paris the French minister says "The announcement that Austro-Hungarian diplomacy is planning a demarche with the Royal Government following the close of the Sarajevo preliminary inquiry in order to secure the pursuit of the criminals shown to be on Serbian territory greatly disquiets the Government and public opinion".

10 July, 9.00 P.M. Hartwig calls on Giesl who has just returned to Belgrade. Hartwig first expresses his condolences for the assassinations and then asks about Austria-Hungary's intentions towards Serbia.
Giesl says that with goodwill on the part of the Serbian government a satisfactory solution will be found. Hartwig starts to give his response and collapses and dies of a heart attack.
This is later considered a blow to the hopes for peace. Though Hartwig was an ardent pan-Slav he understood the weakness of Serbia following the Balkan wars and would have advised conciliation. [More]

Brief Serbian reaction to the assassinations [More]