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Labour 'will chart independent course' and help bring peace to Syria, says Corbyn

LABOUR will “chart a proactive, independent course” to bring peace and help end the conflict in Syria, party leader Jeremy Corbyn said this evening.

Mr Corbyn warned from a refugee camp in Jordan that continuing conflicts in the Middle East, stoked by Britain and its allies, are a threat to British security as well as drivers of the refugee crisis.

“Politically we need to be doing a great deal more to try and bring about a ceasefire and an end to the war in Syria,” he said.

“The abuse of human rights, the destruction of lives, the destruction of society, is appalling by any stretch of the imagination.”

Mr Corbyn said he is committed to “everything necessary and effective to keep our people safe,” including ending the “bomb first, talk later” approach to international affairs.

Labour would bring together the Geneva and Astana peace processes involving all major power nations as well as neighbouring countries to bring about a “meaningful ceasefire,” he said.

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