Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea

 Eritrea did not airlift arms to Islamist militants in the Somali town of Baidoa late last year, a preliminary UN report has found, pouring cold water on a charge that sparked a diplomatic row between the two countries.

Kenya accused Eritrea in November of delivering caches of weapons to al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked group battling to overthrow the Western-backed government in Mogadishu and fighting Kenyan troops in the south of Somalia.

Eritrea has repeatedly denied the accusation and said it is no enemy of Kenya’s

“The monitoring group’s preliminary assessment is that these reports were incorrect and that the alleged deliveries to Baidoa probably did not take place,” The UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea said in its latest report for December.