Archbishop Tutu quits Tony Blair summit over Iraq

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu has pulled out of a summit due to his refusal to share a platform with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    The veteran peace advocate said Blair's support for the Iraq war was "morally indefensible", adding that it would be "inappropriate" for him to appear alongside him.

    The pair were due to take part in a one-day leadership summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday.

    Blair's office responded by saying he was sorry that Tutu had pulled out, adding that the two "were never actually sharing a platform" together.

    The statement continued: "As far as Iraq is concerned they have always disagreed about removing Saddam by force - such disagreement is part of a healthy democracy."