Germany calls for urgent transition government in Syria

AFP , Tuesday 4 Sep 2012

Proposition of setting up a transitional government is called for by Germany's foreign minister, stating that the days of the Bashar al-Assad regime are 'numbered'

Germany's foreign minister called Tuesday for a transition government to be installed as quickly as possible in Syria, saying President Bashar Al-Assad's regime was "crumbling from inside".

Hosting the second meeting of an international working group on the future of the war-torn country, Guido Westerwelle said: "There can be no doubt: the days of the regime are numbered."

"It has lost all legitimacy to represent the Syrian people. It is crumbling from inside. On the international level, it is increasingly isolated," added the minister.

He called for a "common platform of all opposition groups" that was "committed to democracy, tolerance and pluralism".

"We urgently need an inclusive transitional government formed on the basis of these values. There is no time to waste," stressed Westerwelle.

Abdel Basset Sayda, chairman of the main opposition Syrian National Council, also present at the meeting in Berlin, said rebuilding the post-Assad economy was a common project "of all Syrians for all Syrians".

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 5,000 people were killed in the month of August alone in the continuing unrest.

Also in August, more than 100,000 people fled Syria to seek refuge in neighbouring states, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday, the highest monthly figure since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011.

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