烏克蘭的戰爭。愛爾蘭總統因妻子的烏克蘭信件而受到壓力

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烏克蘭的戰爭。愛爾蘭總統因妻子的烏克蘭信件而受到壓力

愛爾蘭總統邁克爾-希金斯(Michael D Higgins)正面臨壓力,要求他就其妻子寫給一家報紙的一封信澄清立場,該信批評了一篇關於烏克蘭戰爭的社論。

她說,她感到 "失望 "和 "沮喪 "的是,該社論沒有鼓勵任何可能導致積極結果的停火談判。

希金斯夫人的干預導致了很多公眾的批評,因為它沒有登記俄羅斯是戰爭中的侵略者。

這種批評不僅來自愛爾蘭的烏克蘭人,也來自一位烏克蘭議員,他說這是 "痛苦的 "和 "不知情的"。

愛爾蘭共和國的政治家很少批評國家元首,但在周末,一些政府代表呼籲希金斯總統解決這個問題,並解釋他是否支持他妻子的立場。

周一他在參加北愛爾蘭前第一部長大衛-特林布爾的葬禮時,總統的官員發表了一份聲明,稱他曾多次譴責俄羅斯的入侵是非法的、不道德的和不合理的。

聲明還說,他一再呼籲俄羅斯軍隊立即撤離並結束暴力,同時強調使用一切可用的外交手段的重要性。

但聲明沒有提到他妻子的信,也沒有提到為什麼這封信短暫地出現在Áras an Úachtaráin的官方網站上。

這促使人們進一步呼籲總統澄清為什麼這封信會出現在那裡--儘管是非常短暫的。

直接選舉產生的愛爾蘭總統的角色主要是禮儀性的,他或她不應該對政治問題進行評論。

但是,非常受歡迎的希金斯總統將這艘船推了出去,並在住房政策和難民困境等問題上批評了政府政策。


Ireland's president, Michael D Higgins, is facing pressure to clarify his stance on a letter his wife wrote to a newspaper criticising an editorial on the war in Ukraine.

She said she was "disappointed" and "dismayed" that the editorial did not encourage any ceasefire negotiations that might lead to a positive outcome.

Mrs Higgins' intervention led to a lot of public criticism because it failed to register that Russia was the aggressor in the war.

That criticism was not just from Ukrainians in Ireland but also from a Ukrainian MP, who said it was "painful" and "uninformed".

It is rare for politicians in the Republic of Ireland to criticise the head of state, but over the weekend a number of government representatives called on President Higgins to address the issue and explain whether he supported his wife's position.

While he was attending the funeral of David Trimble, Northern Ireland's former first minister, on Monday, the president's officials issued a statement which said he had repeatedly condemned the Russian invasion as illegal, immoral and unjustifiable.

It also said that he had repeatedly called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops and an end to the violence while stressing the importance of using every available means of diplomacy.

But the statement did not refer to his wife's letter, or to why it briefly appeared on the official Áras an Úachtaráin website.

That has prompted further calls for the president to clarify why the letter was published there - albeit very briefly.

The role of the directly-elected Irish president is largely ceremonial and he or she is not supposed to comment on political issues.

But President Higgins, who is very popular, has pushed that boat out and has criticised government policy on such issues as housing policy and the plight of refugees.

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