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France hosts talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed territory

  • French President Francois Hollande, right, talks with his Armenian counterpart Serge Sarkisian at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Oc. 27, 2014.  Sarkisian and  Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev are expected to meet in Paris to discuss the situation over the South Caucasus region Nagorno-Karabakh. (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, Pool)

    French President Francois Hollande, right, talks with his Armenian counterpart Serge Sarkisian at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Oc. 27, 2014. Sarkisian and Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev are expected to meet in Paris to discuss the situation over the South Caucasus region Nagorno-Karabakh. (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • French President Francois Hollande, right,, sits across from Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev during talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Oc. 27, 2014.  Aliev and his Armenian counterpart Serge Sarkisian are expected to meet in Paris to discuss the situation over the South Caucasus region Nagorno-Karabakh. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)

    French President Francois Hollande, right,, sits across from Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev during talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Oc. 27, 2014. Aliev and his Armenian counterpart Serge Sarkisian are expected to meet in Paris to discuss the situation over the South Caucasus region Nagorno-Karabakh. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Armenian President Serge Sarkisian, second right, and Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev right, stand in the lobby after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. French President Francois Hollande is holding a joint meeting in Paris Monday with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia in an attempt to ease tensions, following the escalation of violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of the southern Caucasus. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Armenian President Serge Sarkisian, second right, and Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev right, stand in the lobby after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. French President Francois Hollande is holding a joint meeting in Paris Monday with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia in an attempt to ease tensions, following the escalation of violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of the southern Caucasus. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

French President Francois Hollande is meeting in Paris with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia in an attempt to ease tensions, following the escalation of violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of the southern Caucasus.

Monday's three-way meeting aims to restart dialogue between Armenian President Serge Sarkisian and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev.

Hollande met separately with each leader earlier in the day.

Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan but it and some surrounding territory have been under the control of Armenian soldiers and local Armenian forces since a 1994 cease-fire ended a separatist war. Since then, there have been sporadic clashes, but last summer tensions rose sharply as 19 soldiers were killed in multiple confrontations.