File No. 125.1873/89

The Ambassador in Austria-Hungary ( Penfield ) to the Secretary of State


989. Members of Austro-Hungarian Ministry Foreign Affairs called to discuss informally status of Vice Consul Young, Belgrade, and to ascertain Department’s preferences. It was pointed out that his functions lapsed ipso facto on his coming within Austro-Hungarian lines. Should he remain at Belgrade some friction with the military authorities was feared although they have received no intimation in that sense. Ministry wish, however, to accede to Department’s desires if possible. Precedents of Consuls Warsaw and Belgium were cited. Stated that in view foreign interests our care, [Page 922] consular officer Belgrade would be useful. Suggest he might be attached to Budapest Consulate General to regularize status. Promised to ascertain Department’s views; instructions awaited.