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    French State Secretary for European Affairs Harlem Desir said that Paris was interested in the resumption of negotiations for the benefit of a peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict, according to the Armenia's presidential press service.

    YEREVAN (Sputnik) – Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and French State Secretary for European Affairs Harlem Desir discussed the situation in Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, stressing the necessity to monitor truce violations and implement confidence building measures, the presidential press service said on Monday.

    "The parties concurred that in this situation it is necessary to expeditiously establish mechanisms for the monitoring of the violations of the ceasefire regime and introduction of the confidence building measures to prevent aggressive interventions and to create a possibility for reaching at the table of negotiations mutually acceptable solutions," the press service said in a statement.

    Desir also noted that Paris was interested in the resumption of negotiations for the benefit of a peaceful resolution of the conflict, according to the statement.

    France is one of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), mediating the conflict since 1992.

    The latest wave of violence in Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, mostly inhabited by Armenians, intensified on April 2, leading to multiple casualties before Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a shaky ceasefire deal three days later.

    The international community has condemned the violence, calling for a peaceful settlement and urging both sides to observe the ceasefire.

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