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20 July: Giesl, the Austro-Hungarian minister in Belgrade

Posted on July 17th, 1914 by admin

20 July: Giesl, the Austro-Hungarian minister in Belgrade, is told he is to present the note to the Serbian government at 5 P.M. on the 23 July. The time is later changed to 6 P.M.
The ambassadors to the great powers are told they are to present it to the respective governments on the morning of the 24 July.
This helps limit the scope for diplomatic action during the 48 hour time limit for the Serbian reply to the note. Giesl is to sever diplomatic relations and leave Belgrade if he judges the reply to be unsatisfactory.


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