Friday, August 6, 1999 Published at 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK
Kurds' armed wing calls truce
The rebels are thought to be on their way to northern Iraq
The armed wing of the PKK, the Kurdish rebel movement in Turkey, has said it will stop fighting and withdraw from the country to comply with a call by its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.
"From 1 September we will start to implement the plan envisaged by our comrade leader Abdullah Ocalan," said a statement by the Kurdistan Peoples' Liberation Front (ARGK).
The ARGK statement did not say where its forces were planning to withdraw.
Northern Iraq, where the PKK already has several bases, is widely thought to be its most likely choice.
The council has run the party since its leader was detained by Turkish special forces in Kenya in February.
The prevailing view in Turkey is that the PKK leader is doing whatever he can to save his own life after being sentenced to death for treason at the end of June.
However, there is widespread public pressure in Turkey for the death sentence to be carried out.