Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev declared in an interview in Azerbaijani TV on Friday, August 12 that the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh won't have status, independence or any special privileges. “As the rights of Azerbaijani citizens are protected, so will be theirs. This is the only way,” he said, according to APA. Aliyev added that Armenians living in Karabakh should take the right step: “They should understand that their future is through integration into Azerbaijani society. Otherwise is impossible." Following the speech, Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Foreign Minister Davit Babayan thanked Aliyev for his "sincerity" in that he never deceived the public about Baku's plans for Artsakh. According to him, neither Azerbaijan nor its leadership has ever misled or deceived the public about their plans for Artsakh.