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Germany urges Syria opposition to ready transition

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is pressing disparate Syrian opposition groups to unite in preparation for the collapse of the Bashar Assad regime.

Guido Westerwelle is also urging the international community to be ready to provide economic support.

Berlin hosted a gathering of Syrian opposition representatives and diplomats Tuesday to address how to prevent basic services and infrastructure collapsing, and how to revive the economy, once Assad falls.

Westerwelle said a common platform is urgently needed, and that the people of Syria must see "there is a credible alternative to the regime."

He called on the opposition "to create as fast as possible the conditions for ... a transition government."

However, he stopped short of French President Francois Hollande's call last week for the Syrian opposition to form a provisional government now.

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