Fonseca Offers Balanced Take on Colombian Peace Process: 'We Will Build Peace Between All Of Us'
Colombian singer/songwriter Fonseca, a vocal proponent of his country’s peace agreement, issued a measured call for peace and calm following the Sunday (Oct. 2) vote against the agreement.
“I would have liked the ‘Yes’ vote to win, but we belong to a democratic country that has the liberty to express itself, and yesterday it did,” said the artist, who has actively campaigned for a yes vote. “We have to keep going,” Fonseca told Billboard.
Earlier, the artist, who is this year's leading Latin Grammy nominee, posted a statement on Facebook that provided a measure of balance to what became one of the most divisive moments in Colombian history.
“I believe those who voted NO also want peace, but they want it in another way, and so we find ourselves in the same place; we all want peace for Colombia.
There will be difficult days while we come to an agreement and if it is true that we all want peace, than it’s not logical that we should be attacking each other amongst our families, friends and co workers. I invite you to soften the tone of the discussion. We’re going to build peace amongst us and that begins in our inner circle. I say YES to peace and I also say YES to those who voted no, because we are all Colombia.”
Fonseca was one of the very few Colombian acts who issued a formal statement following a fractious and divisive vote where those who oppose the deal won by a slim margin: some 50,000 votes.
The numbers highlight just how contentious the peace treaty vote had become, with the government funding huge campaigns pushing for “yes,” while other prominent Colombian politicians -- including former president Alvaro Uribe -- campaigned to reject an agreement that many felt was too lenient and generous with a guerilla group that had committed well-documented atrocities for decades.