The Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister, Charlie Albuery, began the debate by expressing outrage at how much his country had been wronged and pointed out that only serious sanction against Serbia would satisfy the Austro-Hungarian people. The militants responsible for the assassination were Serbian nationals and Serbia needed to be held to account.
|German Foreign Minister|
The Austro-Hungarians responded that the Serbian government was complicit because it supported the same goals as militants such as the Black Hand gang. However, Russia replied that just because the Serbian government shared the goals of the militants did not mean that it supported their terroristic methods.
The United States Secretary of State, Katherine Tobin, sought to maintain the isolationist stance of the USA, wishing to remain neutral and at a distance from events in Europe. She acknowledged that, were American ships to be attacked in the course of a European war, that America might be drawn into the military conflict.
|Russian Foreign Minister|
The Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister pleaded with the Americans to take a more global view and to consider the consequences of a Europe-wide war for non-European nations in this age of technology and globalisation, but the American representative reserved the right to refrain from conflict unless US interests were directly affected.
France's Foreign Minister, Hugh Summers,intervened to confirm that it was willing to support Serbia as a nation seeking self determination against Austrian imperialism. France also expressed its concern about the aggressive militarisation of Austria's ally, Germany, and France's fears concerning its eastern borders.
Germany's representative, Caleb Barron, replied that it was equally worried about French designs on its western borders and Russian ambitions to the east. Most importantly, it wanted its Austro-Hungarian ally to receive justice with regard to the outrage in Sarajevo.
|British Foreign Secretary|
The Austro-Hungarian representative repeated his assertion that the assassination of the Archduke was an international crime and that Serbia should be held to account. He was not, at this stage, advocating war or boots on the ground, but suggesting economic sanctions.
The Serbian representative replied that there was no link between the Black Hand gang and the Serbian government; on the contrary, he pointed out, the government had provided intelligence about an alleged assassination plot to the Austrians and warned them to cancel the Archduke's visit. It was, he said, arrogant and irresponsible of the Austro-Hungarians to continue with the Sarajevo visit in the light of these warnings.
Mr Lemieux suggested that Germany held sway with the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Germany's Foreign Minister replied that the Austro-Hungarian empire should not be restricted in its search for justice bearing in mind the revulsion felt in response to the assassination. The Serbs should be sanctioned for allowing such militants as Princip to flourish. Mr Lemieux asked whether Germany understood that Russia felt equally supportive of Serbia, but Germany said it did not recognise Russia's right to interfere in the Balkans.
|Serbian Foreign Minister|
The Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister noted that the Austrians and Hungarians were a proud people and unwavering in their search for justice following Sarajevo. If the international community failed to hold the Serbs to account, the Austro-Hungarians would be left with no choice but to resort to military action.
The Serbs responded that economic sanctions would only serve to increase radicalism and terrorism by creating so much suffering among people who were already under terrible economic and social pressure. Sanctions would be counter-productive. It would be better for the Serbian and Austro-Hungarian governments to set up a joint task force to deal with terrorist groups such as the Black Hand.