File No. 763.72/10568a

The Secretary of State to Certain Diplomatic and Consular Officers 2

[Circular telegram]

Since the issuance by this Government on May 29 of the statement regarding the nationalistic aspirations for freedom of the Czechoslovaks and Jugo-Slavs, German and Austrian officials and sympathizers have sought to misinterpret and distort its manifest interpretation. In order that there may be no misunderstanding concerning the meaning of the statement, the Secretary of State has today further announced the position of the United States Government to be that all branches of the Slav race should be completely freed from German and Austrian rule.

  1. The diplomatic representatives in China, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Persia, Rumania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, and at Corfu; the Consul General at Saloniki; and the Consul at Moscow. The same text was published in The Official Bulletin, Washington, June 28, 1918 (vol. 2, No. 347), p. 1.