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 not responded. In the past it has said it will only negotiate with Eta if it renounces violence and disarms.
Eta’s violent campaign has led to more than 820 deaths over the past 40 years.