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Syrian people being let down - PM
The world is letting the people of Syria down, Prime Minister David Cameron said as he again ruled out Britain taking part in any military action.
Mr Cameron said he regretted last week's vote on military action in Syria, which the Government lost.
He said the Government would continue to exercise its "diplomatic muscle" to press for a peaceful resolution to the conflict but warned that Syrian president Bashar Assad needed to be put under real pressure from the international community.
Mr Cameron said: "Of course, we all want these peace talks to take place, we want Geneva II to happen. But we can't want it more than the participants involved in Syria's bloody conflict.We have to make sure it's in their interests that these talks go ahead. That's why, yes, diplomacy is important but the work we do with the Syrian opposition that supports democracy, that supports a free, fair and pluralistic society - that is important.
"They are standing up for millions of Syrians who have been bombed and blasted out of their houses. Those are the people you need to talk to in the refugee camps in Jordan and elsewhere - to see how they feel about how badly the rest of the world is currently letting them down."
Labour leader Ed Miliband said last week's vote was not about Britain "shirking its responsibilities" but about preventing a "rush" to war. He said the key was now bringing other countries to the table - including Iran - to help negotiate a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
In a question to Mr Cameron, he added: "Do you accept that there remains support across the country for Britain taking every diplomatic, humanitarian effort to help the Syrian people? Last week's vote was not about Britain shirking its global responsibilities. It was about preventing a rush to war."
Mr Cameron hit back, claiming there was no need for a Commons vote when the Government had already promised to hold a second vote on the specific issue of military action in Syria.
He said: "Last week the Commons voted clearly and I have said that I have respected the outcome out of that vote and I won't be bringing back plans for British participation in military action.
"I agree with you that we must use everything that we have in our power - our diplomatic networks, our influence with other countries, our membership of all the key bodies, the G8, the G20, the UN, Nato - all of that influence to bring to bear. My only regret of last week is that I don't think it was necessary to divide the House on a vote that could have led to a vote but you took the decision that it was."