Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Thursday that he thought reforms would eliminate concerns of some segments of the Turkish society, The New Anatolian reported.
Gul also expressed his thought that reforms that were made on the road to the European Union (EU), will help Turkey come out of the current atmosphere of discussion as a more strong country.
"Therefore, I think we have to continue the reform process without any interruption," Gul told a meeting of Turkey-EU Joint Consultative Committee in the Turkish metropolis, Istanbul.
Gul said reforms would also make Turkey stronger in its region and turn it into the most attractive country in its geography.
The Turkish President said concrete progress could be seen in many areas in Turkey after his country started to adjust itself to EU acquis and criteria, and enumerated some of the changes as abolishing capital punishment, not tolerating torture and mal-treatment, improving women's rights, securing women's equal status and broadening freedom of thought and right to organization.
Gul underlined importance of Turkey-EU relations for not only the two parties but also the region and the world.
"If we accomplish Turkey-EU integration in the end, this will have positive impact on regional peace, stability and welfare," Gul told the participants.
Gul said the positive effects might be seen in energy security and environmental protection, solution of global problems like illicit drug trafficking, organized crimes and terrorism.
The Turkish President said Turkey's priority was to fulfil Copenhagen political criteria completely, but told the participants that Turkey still had many things to do.
On the joint consultative committee, Gul said further meetings of this committee would strengthen Turkey's accession bid and bring Turkey and the EU closer to each other.
The EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee is a body that brings together representatives of organised civil society from the EU and Turkey. Its members come from various economic and social interest groups representing civil society. Istanbul is hosting the 24th meeting of the committee.
EU-Turkey committee meets twice a year - once in Turkey and once in Brussels.
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