Address by G.S. Messersmith at Annual dinner of the American Society of International Law, Washington, D.C.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Relations between countries and principles of international law based on necessity for mutual tolerance and respect among nations; to students of international law, Austria assumes an importance out of proportion to its size and population; gateway to Southeastern Europe, her geographic and strategic position make her of primary interest to her neighbors and all Europe; her boundaries were set by international agreements and her existence and welfare are therefore matters of concern to students of international law; Austrian cultural tradition remains unbroken; Vienna opera the finest in Europe; theatres continue to produce great plays; universities and museums draw students and visitors from all over the world; economists said that Austria could not live within the boundaries assigned to her, but her economy has slowly improved; has continued to meet service on all her foreign obligations; economic cooperation with other Danubian states desirable and a start has been made with the recent trade treaty between Austria and Czechoslovakia; many misconceptions about Austria's form of government and her leading statesmen; Chancellor [Kurt] Schuschnigg and Vice-Chancellor Prince [Ernst von] Starhemberg both ardent patriots; both keenly conscious that Austria's future is dependent on international agreements, international confidence, and international law.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.