Thursday, July 22, 2010

Germany will not recognize Lithuanian action

July 22, 1918

The New York Times is reporting on dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph in Copenhagen on the selection of Duke Wilhelm of Urach as king of Lithuania. This action has "aroused strong criticism in Germany."
The Norddeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, according to the dispatch, states that Wilhelm's section "was made by the State Council without asking the permission of Germany." The dispatch further points out that Lithuania's Independence "was accepted by Germany only on condition that the creation of a monarchy be effected according to the wishes of Germany.
The Norddeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung is an official organ of the German government. The report adds that Germany will not permit Lithuania "to come to any decision on the crown independently of Germany."
Duke Wilhelm will be known as King Medove of Lithuania.

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