Pastor Terry Jones Cancels Koran Burning, Calls 'Ground Zero Mosque' Denial 'Very Disturbing'


"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," Musri said. "But there is not any offer from there [New York] that it will be moved. All we have agreed to is a meeting, and I think we would all like to see a peaceful resolution."

He told CNN that he brokered the conversation between Jones and Rauf by speaking with Rauf's wife, Daisy Kahn.

"The placement of the mosque near Ground Zero is unnecessary and it has become a clear provocation to many people to be violent against mosques across the nation," Musri told CNN.

Jones' decision to cancel "International Burn a Koran Day" came on a chaotic day during which Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called the pastor in an effort to head off the Koran burning and real estate guru Donald Trump offered to buy out one of the investors of the New York site for 25 percent more than they had paid.

Pastor Terry Jones: 'Islam Is ... More Violent Than We Thought'

Jones told "Nightline" that despite cancelling the burn, events have upheld his dim view of Islam.

"Our opinion of Islam has only been confirmed through the very fact we've done nothing, we have not burned the Koran, [and] even though we haven't done anything there have been riots and threats around the world to us," he said. "That already confirms our mission has been accomplished to bring a greater awareness to America and the world that Islam is more dangerous and much more violent than we thought."

Earlier today, several FBI agents visited Jones at his church, the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla.

FBI sources told ABC News that the agents were there to brief Jones on all the death threats he's received and to discuss how they would protect him and the church on Saturday.

The event sparked a worldwide debate over what kind of backlash the event may cause.

The international police agency Interpol released a warning to governments worldwide of an increased risk of terror attacks if Jones went ahead with his plan.

The U.S. State Department also issued a warning to Americans living and traveling abroad about the potential for violent protests before and after the scheduled burning.

Leaders of Pakistan, Indonesia and India called on the United States to take action to prevent Jones from desecrating the Islamic holy book, and Afghan insurgents were distributing flyers about the Koran burn to turn villagers against Americans.

Gates, Obama, Locals Weighed In Against Koran Burn

Gates called Jones between 4 and 4:30 p.m. today, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said, and "expressed his grave concerns that going forward with the Koran burning would put the lives of American servicemembers at risk, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he urged him not to proceed with the burning."

President Obama has criticized the proposed burning of Islam's holy book, and White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs today said the planned bonfire of Korans was a "monumentally terrible idea."

In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" today, Obama called Jones' plan, should he go through with it, "a recruitment bonanza for al Qaeda."

President Obama's Twitter account also tweeted, "Burning a Quran is contrary to our values -- this country was built on the notions of religious freedom and tolerance."

Pressure on Jones also came from local sources.

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