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US pastor may halt Koran burning

The US pastor who planned an "international Burn a Koran day" on September 11 says he won't go ahead with the move if he is able to meet with officials behind a mosque planned near Ground Zero in New York.

Speaking to NBC's Today show in the US, Terry Jones said if he meets with the imam in New York, he won't burn the Koran - though it wasn't clear if he meant the burning would be halted indefinitely or just for Saturday.

Imam Muhammad Musri, the president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, told CBS's The Early Show he had a commitment for Mr Jones and himself to meet in New York with the imam there.

Political leaders and Muslims around the world have been outraged by news of Mr Jones's plans to burn Korans on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

On Thursday, Mr Jones agreed to cancel the book-burning after he said he was promised the proposed New York mosque would be moved away from the site of the attacks.

But he later claimed he had been "lied to" about the mosque, and said he was putting the protest on hold instead of cancelling it.


From Belfast Telegraph