By Christopher Hope, Senior Political CorrespondentLast Updated: 5:35PM BST 28/08/2012
Retired Anglican bishop and South African peace campaigner Desmond Tutu has pulled out of an event because he cannot share a platform with Tony Blair because of the Iraq War.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner who was the first black archbishop of Cape Town made the protest because of the former Prime Minister's “morally indefensible” decision to lead British forces into Iraq in 2003.
However Mr Blair hit back in a statement, insisting that such "decisions are never easy morally or politically”.
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A local Muslim party has already announced that it would attempt to arrest Blair when he arrives in Johannesburg for “crimes against humanity”.