British PM demands comprehensive Europe crisis solution

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Prime Minister David Cameron called for a comprehensive solution to the eurozone debt crisis on arrival for a crunch summit Wednesday, citing "British interests."

"I'm very glad to be here because it is in British interests that we actually solve this crisis," Cameron told reporters in Brussels.

"But in any event, we need to have the greatest possible support for the most comprehensive solution possible and that's what we will be discussing tonight."

Cameron, who saw 79 of his Conservative lawmakers on Monday defy his orders to vote against a referendum on continued British membership of the EU, had fought for non-eurozone member states to be given a place at the summit.

"Some of the issues we will be discussing this afternoon are directly relevant to Britain in terms of strenghthening banks across Europe," he said, referring to negotiations both to write down scores of billions of euros in Greek debt and recapitalise the sector.

The London vote took place against a backdrop of intense negotiations on the eurozone debt crisis, which prompted French President Nicolas Sarkozy to criticise Cameron for interfering in the currency bloc's business during a stormy first Brussels summit on Sunday.

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