Syrian ambassador denies quitting on-air in France

By the Associated Press | June 7, 2011 | 2:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state television says the country's ambassador to France has not resigned, shortly after the France 24 network aired an audio statement purportedly from her saying she was quitting.

In the statement on Syrian television, a woman's voice was broadcast denying the resignation and saying she will sue France 24. The French network earlier aired a statement it said was from the ambassador saying her resignation "takes effect immediately."

It was not possible for The Associated Press to reconcile the two accounts. Renee Kaplan, deputy editorial director at France 24, said the network called a number they have used previously for Ambassador Lamia Shakkour and she announced the resignation.

Syria has been beset by months of protest and a crackdown that activists say has left more than 1,300 people dead.