Hace una semana tan sólo saltó el rumor de que el ministerio esperaba un alto el fuego verificable de ETA este mismo mes... se acabará por fin la tutela de los terroristas hacia nuestro pueblo?
BBC escribió:5 September 2010
Last updated at 10:37 GMT
Spain's Eta 'declares ceasefire'
It is not clear on whether the ceasefire is permanent or temporary
Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not "carry out armed actions" in its campaign for independence.
In a video obtained exclusively by the BBC, the group said it took the decision several months ago "to put in motion a democratic process".
The Spanish government has previously said it will only negotiate with Eta if it renounces violence and disarms.
Eta's violent campaign for Basque independence has led to more than 820 deaths over the past 40 years.
There has been no reaction yet from the Spanish government.
It is unclear whether Eta is declaring a permanent or temporary ceasefire.
In the video obtained by the BBC, three hooded Eta fighters are shown sitting behind a desk with the Eta flag pinned up behind them.
The figure in the middle reads out a prepared statement defending Eta's campaign of violence, but towards the end she says the group now wants to achieve its aims by peaceful, democratic means.
"Eta confirms its commitment to finding a democratic solution to the conflict," the statement says.
"We call on all Basque citizens to continue in the struggle, each in their own field, with whatever degree of commitment they have, so that we can all cast down the wall of denial and make irreversible moves forward on the road to freedom," it adds.
The video comes as Eta has been under pressure, says the BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Madrid, with leading members of the group arrested, and growing calls from Basque political parties to declare a ceasefire.
This latest ceasefire declaration could mark the beginning of the end of four decades of conflict or just another pause in the violence, our correspondent says.
Controversial peace talks in 2006 collapsed after an Eta bomb killed two people at Madrid airport.
What is your reaction to Eta's decision to not "carry out armed actions"? Had you already known about the decision? Do you believe this ceasefire declaration is permanent?