March 27, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, with respect to the situation in Yugoslavia, the government has received official word that a successful coup d'etat took place in that country early this morning. While we are at the moment without further official report, the news received from abroad is to the effect that the government which signed the axis agreement at Vienna has been overthrown, the regency dissolved, and a new government formed under the young King, Peter II. The new government is reported to include representatives of all parties in the kingdom, and to have the support of the army.
According to the news reports from overseas, Mr. Churchill stated in London to-day that it is reasonable to expect that the new government will repudiate the pact signed with the axis powers. Mr. Churchill has undertaken, if the pact is repudiated, that Britain will recognize the new government, and if Yugoslavia is attacked, that the British will give all the aid possible.
Defence of Newfoundland

Topic:   THE WAR
Subtopic:   POSITION IN THE BALKANS-ANNOUNCEMENT OF COUP D'ETAT IN YUGOSLAVIA
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