The period between Alexander’s funeral and Yugoslavia’s appeal to the League was marked by much uncertainty. As the initial shock began to fade, a deepening split between governments emerged. The British hoped that quiet discussions at Geneva would prove enough to prevent a repetition of the Great War. The French worried about anything that might undermine the League, hamper chances of improving Yugoslavia’s relations with Italy, or force France to take sides in a public dispute between Belgrade and Rome. Despite resistance from Britain and France, the Yugoslav government increasingly called for accountability for Alexander’s murder as well as for an international effort to prevent such attacks from occurring again. Meanwhile the British minister in Belgrade went to extraordinary lengths to undercut his own government.