"Rice did not give me orders"
Papadopoulos also confirmed that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had called him prior to the start of the Turkish accession talks to speak about the Turkish and Cypriot roles in NATO and other international bodies. The Greek Cypriot leader stressed however that Rice had not given him orders on these issues.
Annan Plan not acceptable as-is
Papadopoulos also discussed the Annan Plan for Cyprus during the one hour television program, saying that there were many wide ranging changes demanded by Cyprus to the Annan Plan, though underlining that Turkey would have the right to decide about these changes. "We want many changes made to this plan. The Cypriot Turks do not have the authority or power to decide on these subjects. Ankara does though. Which is why I tried to have talks with Erdogan 3 times about the Cyprus issue, but never got a response."
The Greek Cypriot parliamentary leader, Dimitris Hristofyas, reminded the audience that Turkey would find Cyprus facing it every step of the way during the EU accession talks. Said Hristofyas, "The framework document gives us many chances to put up a strong appearance in front of Turkey."