Washington (Agencies): US President Barack Obama served notice to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on a friendly note that transition of power must begin now and lead to free and fair elections.

Talks between the Egyptian government and its political opponents were in the initial stages, he noted on Friday but warned that the mere "pretense of reform" would not be enough to resolve that country's deepening crisis.

Negotiations must "include a broad representation of the Egyptian opposition," he told reporters.

Asked if Hosni Mubarak needs to step down now-as opposed to waiting for a successor to be chosen in Egypt's September elections-Obama said that Mubarak needs to consult with advisers and listen to what's "being voiced by the Egyptian people."

He said Mubarak "will be able to make the right decision."

The Egyptian leader is "proud" but also a "patriot," Obama said. Mubarak needs to make a judgment about his legacy and the best "pathway forward." Violence and repression have no role in the "orderly transition process," he added. "The whole world is watching."

Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have also condemned a series of attacks against journalists, human rights activists, and protesters in Egypt.

The US government has encouraged talks between Mubarak's government and its opponents over the past few days, in part out of recognition that an orderly transition to democracy could prove difficult if Mubarak suddenly steps down without laying any groundwork first, it noted.

World appeals peace

Meanwhile the world Governments continues to call for peaceful transition.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “Early elections are not a solution. We want a peaceful Egypt”.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron's has appealed for a change soon and says, “If we don’t see a change, we will get an Egypt which we won’t welcome”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also called for peace.

There was no intelligence failure on Egypt: US

US has said that there was no intelligence failure on Egypt, which has been facing anti-government protests for over a week.
       
"I think some reporting has intimated that there was some intelligence failure, that didn't happen. Rest assured there are volumes of reports that have been read by this and
past administrations about potential for instability and unrest in Tunisia, in Egypt and throughout the world," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.
 
Answering a question, he said, US President Barack Obama expects that he will be provided with relevant, timely and accurate intelligence assessments, and that's exactly
what's been done throughout the Egyptian crisis.
       
Talking of the unrest in Tunisia, Gibbs said it was sparked by the self-immolation of a fruit vendor and it cannot be expected that intelligence would have predicted such an
event.
       
"Obviously, as things transpired in Tunisia, I read intelligence that talked about what the result might be in countries throughout the region because, as the President has
said throughout this, governments must be responsive to the people that they represent. And when they're not, you have uncertainty and unrest," he said.
 
Gibbs said US has close relationships and a very important national interest in the stability and order in Egypt, and in the region.