File No. 763.72119/1530
The Special Agent at Corfu ( Dodge ) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 1, 5.35 a.m.]
Premier today read foreign affairs statement in Parliament, declaring that the Government of the United States, by entering into the [Page 795] war to defend civilization and the right of self determination of peoples, had filled the place abandoned by Russia; and that Servia, repelling Austrian intrigues, will remain faithful to her allies, and claims creation of free state to include all the Southern Slavs. This state, closely associated with Italy, will promote establishment of a durable peace, impossible of establishment so long as subject peoples remain in the Hapsburg Empire. Parliament unanimously resolved to send congratulations to French and British Parliaments for splendid resistance of their armies.