Minister Behind Quran Burning Flies to N.Y.

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks to the media, Friday, Sept.10, 2010 in Gainsville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin) AP Photo/Phil Sandlin

Updated at 1:09 a.m. ET

The minister who once planned to burn copies of the Quran to mark the 9/11 anniversary headed to New York aboard a Friday night flight.

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The Rev. Terry Jones has said he wants to meet with the imam behind a proposed mosque and Islamic center to be built near ground zero.

Surrounded by a throng of police, Jones declined to comment to reporters who waited for him at LaGuardia Airport and followed him to a waiting cab.

"I'm talked out," he said.

K.A. Paul, a Christian evangelist who runs a ministry in Houston, said he bought the ticket for Jones to fly out of Orlando. Paul, an acquaintance of Jones, provided The Associated Press with a copy of the itinerary and flight confirmation number.

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Paul said Jones was able to sneak out of his Gainesville church without the media noticing.

Earlier Friday, Jones' son, Luke, said that the Quran-burning won't take place Saturday but couldn't say whether there would be a future event.

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