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Syrian ambassador to France resigns

Syria's ambassador to France Lamia Shakkour quit her post on Tuesday, saying she recognized "the legitimacy of the [Syrian] people's demands," in a statement over French television.

"I cannot support the cycle of violence, ... ignore that demonstrators have died, that families live in pain," Shakkour said.

"I've informed the private secretary of [Syrian] President Bashar al-Assad of my intention to resign," she said. "I recognize the legitimacy of the people's demands for more democracy and freedom."

-AFP/NOW Lebanon