He said the mosque is to be moved away from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
When the announcement was made a Muslim cleric was with Jones and said he would travel to New York to discuss the mosque. Officials who are connected with the New York mosque project deny there is an agreement to move the location.
reports Jones said if the Islamic cultural center in New York is moved that would accomplish his goals, he said, "the American people do not want the mosque at the ground zero location."
But the New York Times reports
the imam only controls one part of the project, known as Cordoba House, "the interfaith and Muslim prayer spaces and tolerance programs that are planned as part of the larger community center, known as Park51."
Sharif el-Gamal, the head of the real estate group that owns the properties where the project is planned, said, “We’re not moving,” he said, later issuing a statement backing up that point.