Tutu calls for tolerance in CAR

Tutu has used his Easter message to call for peace and unity in the country.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has used his Easter message to call for tolerance in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The country has been besieged by ethnic and sectarian violence over the past year between Muslims and Christians.

President Francois Bozize was ousted by rebels a year ago, plunging the country into chaos.

In a statement, Tutu says CAR stands on the brink of genocide.

He says he supports United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's call to leaders and people of the country to rekindle mutual respect for one another.

The UN last week approved a peace keeping mission that is aimed at quelling the ongoing ethnic conflict in the country.

Tutu says CAR residents hold the key to sustainable peace and must learn to live together.