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The Niš Declaration (Serbian language:Нишка декларација/Niška deklaracija) was a public declaration of war objectives of the Kingdom of Serbia made on 7 December 1914 after successful offensives of the Royal Serbian Army. The government issued a statement, approved by the National Assembly, which included a call for Yugoslav unification. It was stated that Serbia's objective was to unite the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes into a common state, to be established 'on the ruins of Austria-Hungary'. This state would become a pillar of stability in Europe, it was said. The Niš Declaration did not recognise Macedonians as a separate "tribe". They were seen together with Bosniaks as an "unformed element" that could be eventually assimilated as Serbs.[1]

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  1. John R. Lampe (28 March 2000). Yugoslavia as History: Twice There Was a Country. Cambridge University Press. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-521-77401-7. https://books.google.com/books?id=AZ1x7gvwx_8C&pg=PA103. "Neither did any recognition of a separate Macedonian "tribe"; they were still regarded as an "unformed element," like the Bosnian Muslims, that could be easily assimilated as Serbs." 

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