Oasis Foundation, the organisation co-ordinating a project to build a grand mosque in Helsinki, is not intent on abandoning the much-discussed project despite a recent setback.

"We're not giving up or abandoning the project," Pia Jardi, the chairperson of the Finnish Muslim Union and a project manager at Oasis Foundation, asserted in an interview with Uusi Suomi on Thursday.

Oasis Foundation announced yesterday that it will withdraw its proposal from the the Helsinki City Board. The Urban Environment Division of Helsinki on Tuesday decided unanimously to recommend that the city board should not reserve a land plot for the proposed mosque and activity centre.

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