BBC News : - Kurdish rebels
declare ceasefire - : 2005/08/19
The Kurdish rebel group fighting for autonomy in south-eastern Turkey, the PKK, has announced a one-month ceasefire.
The statement called on the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to hold fire until 20 September.
The PKK said they would defend themselves if attacked.
- Last week Turkey's prime minister described the situation in the south-east as a political problem which needed settling through more democracy.
- The PKK statement on Friday said the ceasefire call was a response to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech.
"We will give time to Prime Minister Erdogan's well-intended efforts," said Zubeyir Aydar, head of the PKK's political wing Kongra-Gel.
The PKK, blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union had stepped up attacks in recent months after calling off a five-year unilateral ceasefire last summer.
More than 30,000 people may have been killed in the 20 year conflict.