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UK stands ready to help France in whatever way France wants, Peter Wilson.

NEW YORK (CyHAN)- Ambassador Peter Wilson of the United Kingdom today read a statement reiterating the Security Council's condemnation "in the strongest terms of the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks which took place in Paris on Friday evening."

The statement expressed "deep sympathy and condolences to France."

The Ambassador said that the UK stands "ready to help France in whatever way France wants" using his country's presidency of the Council this month, and will "take action in a way that helps France and helps others who are victims of these cowardly terrorist attacks."

Wilson noted that action is being taken against ISIL, the alleged authors of the terrorist attacks.

He said "since last summer, in Iraq for example, ISIL's territory, the territory that they control has actually been reduced by 30 percent," adding that "we remain determined to tackle ISIL and I think nobody should be in any doubt of our resolve to do so."

Turning to the talks currently taking place in Vienna, he said "it's a matter of practical politics as well as our own policy that Assad cannot be part of Syria's long term future. That is a political fact and a political reality that we all need to confront. But we are doing that with our allies, with everybody who is in these discussions in Vienna, and we are determined, with others, to make progress. The time has come now for a political solution to the Syria crisis."

On the Central African Republic, subject of this morning's Council consultations, Wilson said "We heard about the concerning escalation in violence since the end of September, most recently seen though attacks on IDP camps in Bambari and Batangofo. The increasingly intercommunal nature of the violence is of particular concern, as are the human rights abuses that are being perpetrated by both the anti-balaka and ex-seleka groups. This violence is harming civilans, attempting to disrupt the political process, and hindering the vital work of humanitarian actors."

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SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV

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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 NOVEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE -- RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Aerial shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

16 NOVEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, UK Ambassador Peter Wilson walks up to the stakeout microphone

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Wilson, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:

"I would like to reiterate the Security Council's condemnation in the strongest terms of the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks which took place in Paris on Friday evening. In this morning's consultations we expressed our deep sympathy and condolences to France."

4. Wide shot, Wilson listening to question from reporter

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Wilson, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:

"We stand ready to help France in whatever way France wants using our presidency of the Security Council to take action in a way that helps France and helps others who are victims of these cowardly terrorist attacks."

6. Wide shot, Wilson listening to question from reporter

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Wilson, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:

"Since last summer, in Iraq for example, ISIL's territory, the territory that they control has actually been reduced by 30 percent. I think it's easy when you are looking at these situations to only see one side of the story. The fact is that our determination to tackle ISIL has borne fruit in the region. We remain determined to tackle ISIL and I think nobody should be in any doubt of our resolve to do so."

8. Wide shot, Wilson listening to question from reporter

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Wilson, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:

"It's a matter of practical politics as well as our own policy that Assad cannot be part of Syria's long term future. That is a political fact and a political reality that we all need to confront. But we are doing that with our allies, with everybody who is in these discussions in Vienna, and we are determined, with others, to make progress. The time has come now for a political solution to the Syria crisis."

10. Wide shot, Wilson listening to question from reporter

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Wilson, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:

"We heard about the concerning escalation in violence since the end of September, most recently seen though attacks on IDP camps in Bambari and Batangofo. The increasingly intercommunal nature of the violence is of particular concern, as are the human rights abuses that are being perpetrated by both the anti-balaka and ex-seleka groups. This violence is harming civilans, attempting to disrupt the political process, and hindering the vital work of humanitarian actors."

12. Pan right Wilson walks away

DURATION: 02:20

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