France hosts talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed territory

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.