EU urges Turkey reforms, to normalize ties with Greek Cypriots.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;}.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;}The European Union called on candidate nation Turkey to normalize relations with the Greek Cypriots "as a matter of urgency” and to do more reforms especially on the legislation regarding the political parties.

EU foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels Monday, voiced regret that Turkey had still not fulfilled its obligations regarding the Greek Cypriots Cyprus, as contained in the so-called Ankara protocol.

"Progress is now awaited as a matter of urgency," the ministers said in a joint text.

The EU has been calling Turkey to open its ports to Greek Cypriots vessels, while Ankara says Brussels should ease the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots. In 2004, Turkish community in Cyprus approved a U.N. peace plan, however the Greeks entered the EU despite their rejection.

Yet the Cyprus issue became another excuse for the EU to drag its feet on the membership negotiations with Turkey. The EU has suspended negotiation in eight chapters.

The E.U. ministers also noted "with regret" that Turkey was making "very limited progress" on political reform.

"The (EU) Council is disappointed to note that over the year just passed Turkey has made only limited progress, particularly as regards political reforms," ministers said. They "hoped that Turkey will now redouble its efforts to implement the measures so long awaited."

Ministers said Turkey should do more to reform its judiciary, fight corruption and torture, guarantee freedom of expression and religion, and protect minority rights.

The Turkish government has stalled reforms needed in the EU process as the union lost its public support. Majority of the Turkish nation against the EU membership, believing the EU is not sincere in its relations with Turkey.

Two more chapters are expected to be opened before France hands the presidency to Czech Republic at the end of December, bringing the total chapters opened to 10 out of the 35, with only one successfully closed.