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  Iraqis sign important agreement
Updated 08 March 2004, 20.43
The group of leaders signed the agreement
A major step towards war-torn Iraq becoming a self-governing country once again has taken place.

A group of community leaders have signed a document which sets out how Iraq will be run when the US-led coalition pulls out in June.

The document is intended to steer the country towards elections which would select a new Iraqi government.

The document was meant to be signed earlier, but was delayed by attacks and concerns raised by some of the leaders.

One leader signs his name
One leader signs his name

An important Shia Muslim leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was not happy about the agreement.

He said decisions about Iraq's future should only be made by a government which has been elected.

The group of community leaders who signed the agreement were appointed by the US.

But US President George W Bush said the signing was an "historic milestone".

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