The minister has cancelled plans to burn the Koran on Saturday, claiming a rather questionable quid pro quo:
The leader of a small Christian church in the U.S. state of Florida says he has canceled plans to burn Qurans on Saturday. The minister’s intention to burn the holy book of Islam caused international outrage, including condemnation from President Barack Obama.
The Reverend Terry Jones said Thursday he has called off his planned protest because he has reached an agreement with Muslim leaders in New York to move a planned Islamic cultural center and mosque away from the area of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
“The Imam has agreed to move the mosque,” said Terry Jones. “We have agreed to cancel our event on Saturday, and on Saturday I will be flying up there to meet with him.”
However, a statement from the cleric in charge of the New York mosque project said there was no agreement to move the location.