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Britain urges pressure on Syrian regime and rebels

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May 15, 2013 06:37 PM EST | AP

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UNITED NATIONS — British Prime Minister David Cameron is calling for urgent action to pressure the Syrian government and opposition to get together and agree on a transitional government that everyone can support.

Cameron told reporters after meetings at the U.N. on Wednesday that he supports the U.S.-Russian initiative for a new conference to launch a peace process, which shouldn't be delayed. He said he will be urging the participants to quickly put forward names for a transitional government so negotiations can begin.

He reiterated that Britain has made no decision to arm the rebels, but he said it's important to engage with the opposition.

"If we don't engage with the opposition, then we shouldn't be surprised if extremist elements grow, and that's not what we want," Cameron said.