Muslim clerics deny deal reached to stop Koran burning

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September 10, 2010 01:47

 
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GAINESVILLE, Florida — The pastor of a Florida church was adamant that he was promised that officials planning an Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York would move the structure if he canceled his plans to burn Korans on Sept. 11.

Pastor Terry Jones spoke again to reporters Thursday after Muslim leaders said they had only agreed to a meeting Saturday in New York to discuss the mosque's location.

Jones said he would be "very, very disappointed" if the mosque was not moved. He insisted that central Florida Imam Muhammad Musri told him four times in front of witnesses that the New York mosque leaders promised to move it.

Musri told The Associated Press he only offered to set up a meeting between Jones and the New York leaders. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is planning the mosque also said there was no deal


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