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British leader urges pressure on Syrian regime and rebels to agree on transition government

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at a press encounter at United Nations headquarters, after the meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at a press encounter at United Nations headquarters, after the meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at a press encounter at United Nations headquarters, after the meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at a press encounter at United Nations headquarters, after the meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, shakes hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon before their meeting, at United Nations headquarters Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Garten, United Nations)

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, shakes hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon before their meeting, at United Nations headquarters Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Garten, United Nations)  (The Associated Press)

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.