Al-Sadr spokesman Sheikh Ahmad al-Shaybani today said al-Sadr wants to negotiate arrangements to implement the demand.
Iraq's interim Defense Minister Hazim al-Sha'lan al-Khuza'i gave a similar deadline yesterday. Later in the day, al-Sadr reportedly agreed to end the standoff, but called for a cease-fire to be in place before his forces will pull back.
Early today, there were reports of continued fighting in Al-Najaf, where U.S. and Iraqi forces have been battling al-Sadr's Imam Al-Mahdi Army for the last two weeks.
For the latest news on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".