05 October, 2005
The Greek government on Tuesday clarified that its leadership did not speak with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the hectic period over the past few days leading up to commencement of EU-Turkey accession talks.
"The Greek government did not receive a similar call," the government spokesman told reporters, and in answer to questions on whether America's top diplomat intervened on behalf of Ankara's European prospects with Athens as well.
Asked about the possibility of a Greek "veto" vis-à-vis Turkey's accession course, spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos stressed that the prime minister's relevant comment during a recent interview with CNN centered on the fact that "exercising your right to veto is a political act. It is, however, the last-ditch decision you take when all of your previous actions have failed."
Source: Athens News Agency