Non-apologies and prolonged silences in post-conflict settings: The case of post-colonial Cyprus

Ireton, K. & Kovras, I. (2012). Non-apologies and prolonged silences in post-conflict settings: The case of post-colonial Cyprus. Time and Society, 21(1), pp. 71-88. doi: 10.1177/0961463X11431338

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Abstract

Despite the growing use of apologies in post-conflict settings, cases of non-apology remain unaddressed and continue to puzzle scholars. This article focuses on the absence of apology by non-state and anti-state actors by examining the case of the Cypriot armed group EOKA, which has refused to offer an apology to the civilian victims of its 'anti-colonial' struggle (1955-1959). Using field data and parliamentary debates, and drawing on comparisons, this article analyses the factors that contributed to a lack of apology. It is argued that the inherited timelessness of Greek nationalism, and the impression of a perpetual need for defence, set up textbook conditions for the development of a hegemonic discourse and prevented an apology for human rights violations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Apologies; Cyprus; post-conflict; nationalism; reconciliation
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13111

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