Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Thursday that Turkey needed to overcome its differences and divisions through dialogue.
"We need to overcome our differences, divisions through dialogue, in the way how it is done in normal democratic countries. And European Union negotiations process is the way to uphold democracy and universal principles of law, which are needed for dialogue," Gul told reporters in Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
"The further we make progress in the EU talks the stronger we get, not weaker. Thus we have to move ahead because we may face more difficult years in the course of the negotiations," Gul said.
Gul said that Turkey should not "consume its strength on domestic disputes and everyone should see the potential costs of increasing Turkey's risk premium."
Later, Turkish President Abdullah Gul arrived in Ankara on Thursday after completing talks in Croatia.
President Gul held talks in Croatia and met his Croatian counterpart Stjepan Mesic. Gul also met the Speaker of Croatian Parliament Luka Bebic and Prime Minister Ivo Sanader.
Gul attended a meeting of the "Turkish-Croatian Business Council" in Croatian capital city of Zagreb.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Haziran 2008, 12:10