Polish president meets with mayor on statue removal dispute

Polish president meets with mayor on statue removal dispute
The president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, center, carries a bouquet of roses toward the waterfront statue commemorating the 1940 Soviet massacre of Poles, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The bronze statue depicting a Polish soldier gagged, bound and impaled in the back with a bayonet in the 1940 Soviet massacre will be moved to a new location on the Hudson River, sparing it from storage and an uncertain fate. The statue was originally supposed to be placed in storage but that decision drew the ire of local Polish-American groups. (AP Photo/David Porter)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Poland’s president has met with a New Jersey mayor who stirred controversy recently by making plans to move a statue honoring Polish World War II victims.

President Andrzej Duda placed a wreath at the Katyn memorial in Jersey City on Wednesday.

Some members of the local Polish community have protested Mayor Steven Fulop’s plans to relocate the statue depicting a soldier stabbed with a bayonet to a nearby waterfront park to make way for a redevelopment project.

Fulop said Duda told him Wednesday he would prefer the statue remain, but if it must be moved, it should go to a place of dignity and respect.

The statue is next to the Hudson River across from New York City. It honors the estimated 22,000 Poles massacred by Soviet troops in 1940.