The White House added its voice to warnings that the move could trigger outrage around the Islamic world and endanger the lives of US soldiers. A spokeswoman for EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said the European Union roundly “condemns” the plans. “The High Representative respects all kinds of religious beliefs and this is not the right way to go,” the spokesperson told reporters.
US Attorney General Eric Holder met religious leaders to discuss
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– A Florida minister who had created an international furor with his
plan to burn the Quran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11 canceled the
event under intense pressure Thursday, saying he agreed to back off
after reaching a deal to move the location of a controversial mosque
near New York’s ground zero. The imam planning the New York mosque said
no such deal has been reached.
The Rev. Terry Jones announced his decision Thursday afternoon,
standing outside his small church alongside Imam Muhammad Musri, the
president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida. However, Musri and
the imam planning the New York mosque disputed Jones’ contention that a
deal had been cut.
After the news conference, Musri told The Associated Press there was an
agreement for him and Jones to travel to New York and meet Saturday –
on the actual anniversary of the 9/11 attacks – with the imam
overseeing plans to build a mosque near ground zero.
“I told the pastor that I personally believe the mosque should not be
there, and I will do everything in my power to make sure it is moved,”
Jones on Thursday said he prayed about the decision and that if the
site of the mosque was moved, it would be a sign from God to call off
the Quran burning.
“We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans,”
Jones said during the news conference. We would right now ask no one to
burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to
His decision comes after a firestorm of criticism from leaders
around the world. President Barack Obama, the top U.S. general in
Afghanistan and several Christian leaders had urged Jones to reconsider
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