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.

"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.