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Paris terror attack

Published: 14 Nov 2015 13:39

Scottish Government resilience meeting to discuss ongoing response.

The First Minister has chaired a Scottish Government resilience (SGORR) meeting following the terrorist attack in Paris to discuss the ongoing response and the support that will be in place should any Scots be affected.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Culture, Europe and External Affairs Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson, Europe Minister Humza Yousaf, Infrastructure, Investment & Cities Secretary, Keith Brown and senior Police Scotland representatives and Scottish Government officials took part in the meeting.

Ms Sturgeon also took part in the UK Government's resilience (COBR) meeting that was chaired by the Prime Minister.

She also met with the French Consul General at the Consulate in Edinburgh, where she signed the Book of Condolence.

The First Minister said: "We are all shocked and horrified by the terrorist attacks in Paris last night. Early this afternoon, I visited the French Consulate and expressed, on behalf of the Scottish people, our sympathy and solidarity with the people of France at this terrible time.

"This morning I convened a Scottish Government resilience meeting to ensure that in Scotland we are doing everything we can to provide support for those who may be affected by this senseless attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France following the horrific events last night. We stand ready to help in any way we can.

"I would encourage anyone with concerns about the welfare of their friends and families who may have been in Paris to contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office(FCO) Crisis Centre helpline on 020 7008 0000.

"We are working closely with the FCO, Police Scotland and other partners to ensure that those who have been caught up in this senseless attack or who may be concerned about relatives have all of the advice, help and information they need.

"Scotland is a diverse multi-cultural society and this diversity is our strength. Terrorist attacks are intended to divide us and destroy the freedoms and way of life we value so highly. We must unite as a community here at home - and in solidarity with France - to make clear that they will not succeed."