762.63/442: Telegram

The Minister in Yugoslavia (Lane) to the Secretary of State

20. My 17, February 15, 6 p.m.28 German Minister informs me that Schuschnigg was forced to accept German demands due to his inability to find support abroad, France and Great Britain being too weak and Italy being now on Germany’s side. He said that it is only a matter of time before the Anschluss takes place and that the Italian Government, recalling the steps taken to secure the unification of Italy, fully recognizes Germany’s desire to unite the German race. He added that Yugoslavia will have to accept the Anschluss whether she likes it or not. Despatch follows.

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