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PM urges EU nations to fund refugee camps around Syria

David Cameron has visited camps in Lebanon and Jordan to meet Syrian refugees who have fled their country's civil war.

The Prime Minister has called on other EU countries to "step up to the plate" and follow Britain's lead by funding refugee camps around Syria.

Mr Cameron said there was a "direct connection" between shortfalls in aid for camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey and the influx of migrants into Europe.

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Justin Welby: 'My heart is broken' over 'wicked' crisis

The Archbishop of Canterbury branded the refugee situation a "wicked crisis". Credit: PA

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that his "heart is broken" over the current situation of thousands of refugees trying to flee violence.

The Most Rev Justin Welby made his comments after the distressing image of a three-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on a beach in Turkey was published and went viral.

This is a hugely complex and wicked crisis that underlines our human frailty and the fragility of our political systems.

My heart is broken by the images and stories of men, women and children who have risked their lives to escape conflict, violence and persecution.

We cannot turn our backs on this crisis. We must respond with compassion. But we must also not be naive in claiming to have the answers to end it.

– Justin Welby

He added that he believed the situation required a "pan-European response" with diplomatic and political debate alongside practical action to help those in need.

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