Turkey does not recognize the Greek Cypriot government.
The EU ministers today also agreed to start membership talks with Croatia, formally recognized Montenegro's independence from Serbia, and gave the green light to deploy 2,000 troops to help secure the Democratic Republic of Congo's July presidential and parliamentary elections.
Meanwhile, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn signed a Stabilization and Association Agreement, the first step on Tirana's path to possible EU membership.
(compiled from agency reports)
EU Expands Eastward
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