Polish President Andrzej Duda last visited the statue in 2016.

JERSEY CITY — Polish President Andrzej Duda stopped at Exchange Place on Wednesday as Jersey City and the region’s Polish community remained locked in a fight over the city’s plan to relocate the Katyn monument.

Duda and his entourage met with Mayor Steve Fulop and his entourage under a tent set up near the statue, which commemorates the massacre of over 20,000 Polish people during World War II. The visit lasted a few minutes. Duda arrived by car, chatted with Fulop, placed a wreath on the monument and left.

The Polish president did not speak to the press. Fulop described his conversation with Duda as “fairly straight-forward” and “spontaneous.”

“He said, I’d prefer for it to stay here but if it’s not possible it needs to be in a place that’s respected and dignified,” Fulop said.

Duda is one a pre-planned visit to the region on United Nations business. He visited the statue in 2016.

A Jersey City official who saw the president and mayor’s interaction described it as awkward. Fulop, 41, gave Duda a small replica of the Katyn statue and a Jersey City flag. Duda, 46, gave Fulop a book with some history of the monument, which was unveiled at Exchange Place in 1991.

The city sparked the trans-Atlantic row when it revealed it wanted to move the 34-foot monument to make way for a $5 million new park at Exchange Place. The Polish ambassador to the United States and the country’s consul general in New York initially resisted any effort to move the statue, but announced a compromise with Fulop on Monday: the city will move the statue to the foot of York Street, one block south of its current location, and …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News


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