Czernin, Ottokar, Graf
, 1872-1932, Austro-Hungarian foreign minister. He was an adviser to Archduke Francis Ferdinand. As foreign minister (1916-18) he sought a negotiated peace, but was unwilling to abandon Austrian war aims in Italy and the Balkans. He was one of the negotiators of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
. Czernin was dismissed after the private peace-making attempts of Emperor Charles I
, extended through Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma
, were dramatically disclosed by the French premier, Clemenceau.
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