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142 Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Commonwealth Government

Circular Cablegram B63 LONDON, 17 March 1938, 6.49 p.m.


My telegram of 16th March, Circular B. No. 59, note has been
received from the German Embassy in London notifying to the
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs [2] the text of the German
law of 13th March relating to the reunion of Austria with the
German Reich.

Article I provides that the Austrian law summarised in my telegram
of 14th March, Circular B. 53 [3] becomes a law of the German

Article II provides that the law now valid in Austria shall remain
in force until further notice, and that the introduction of the
law of the Reich into Austria will be effected by the leaders and
the Chancellor of the Reich or by the Ministers of the Reich
empowered by him for the purpose.

Article III provides that the Reich Minister for the Interior is
empowered in agreement with the Reich Ministers concerned to issue
necessary legal and administrative regulations to carry out and
supplement the present laws.

German note adds that the former Austrian diplomatic
representatives abroad have received instructions to place
themselves and their staffs under German missions.

Question of reply to be returned to this note is at present under

1 Document 138.

2 Viscount Halifax.

3 Not printed.

[AA : A981, AUSTRIA 17, ii]
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