Kurdish rebels in Turkey have called a one month unilateral cease-fire with the Turkish government.

A statement by the banned Kurdistan Workers Party, PKK, said the truce was being called in order to open the way for negotiations.

The announcement comes after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a landmark pledge last week to resolve the Kurdish conflict with what he called "more democracy."

The PKK has stepped up violence in the past several months after it called off a truce in June 2004 on the grounds that Ankara's steps to expand Kurdish freedoms were insufficient.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.