Messersmith, G.S., Vienna. To William Phillips, Washington.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Calls attention to despatch No. 300 of Jan. 24 regarding present Austrian situation; Foreign Minister verified in Paris reports in French newspapers of [Franz] von Papen's statement that if there were a plebiscite in Austria it would result as favorably for Germany as that of the Saar; Secretary-General [Franz] Peter in Foreign Office brought the statement to von Papen's attention, but he denied having made it; von Papen approached British Minister at public reception recently and said, "What is all this matter about pacts... too many pacts...pacts are made only to be broken;" he constantly makes himself ridiculous; Austrian official sources report things going well and progress is expected when Laval goes to London; trouble spots seem to be [Nicholas] Titulescu [of Rumania] and [Josef] Beck [of Poland]; well informed Yugoslavs and Hungarians content that their difficulties should be put on ice for a few weeks, to give time for a cooling off on both sides.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.