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lar the statement subsequently spread by the former Federal
Chancellor—to the effect that the German Government had
delivered an ultimatum with a time-limit to the Federal
President, in accordance with -which he was to appoint as
Federal Chancellor one of certain proposed candidates and
construct the Government in conformity with the proposals
of the German Government, failing which the entry of German
troops into Austria would have to be contemplated—is
pure imagination. As a matter of fact the question of the
despatch of military and police forces from the Reich was
first raised by the fact that the newly formed Austrian Govern-
ment addressed to the Government of the Reich, in a tele-
gram which has already been published in the Press, an urgent
request that, for the re-establishment of peace and order
and for the prevention of bloodshed, German troops should
be despatched as soon as possible. Faced with the directly
threatening danger of a bloody civil war in Austria, the
Government of the Reich decided to meet the appeal then
addressed to it.
" * Such being the case it is completely inconceivable that
»the conduct of the German Government, as it stated in your
letter, could lead to unforeseeable consequences. A general
review of the political situation is given in the Proclamation
which the Chancellor of the German Reich addressed at noon
to-day to the German people. In this situation dangerous
consequences could only come into play if an attempt should
be made by any third party, in contradiction to the peaceful
intentions and legitimate aims of the Reich, to exercise on the
development of the situation in Austria an influence inconsis-
tent with the right of the German people to self determination.
" * Accept, etc.,
" That concludes the letter by Freiherr von Neurath in
reply to the protest of the British Government. I do not wish
to enter into any long argument about the historical narrative
of events as described by Baron von Neurath, but I am bound
at once to refute his statement to the effect that His Majesty's
Government were not within their rights in interesting them-
selves in the independence of Austria, and that, as in the