Dismiss Notice
You are browsing this site as a guest. It takes 2 minutes to CREATE AN ACCOUNT and less than 1 minute to LOGIN

Eritrea did not fly arms to al Shabaab last Oct - UN

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Geza Ulole, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. G

    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Joined: Oct 31, 2009
    Messages: 7,766
    Likes Received: 1,040
    Trophy Points: 280
    Print | Close this window
    Eritrea did not fly arms to al Shabaab last Oct - UN

    Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:05pm GMT
    * Kenya accuses Eritrea of delivering arms to al Shabaab
    * Arms delivery into Baidoa probably never happened, UN
    * Asmara denies allegations, says a friend of Kenya
    By Aaron Maasho
    ADDIS ABABA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Eritrea did not airlift arms to Islamist militants in the Somali town of Baidoa late last year, a preliminary U.N. 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 U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea said in its latest report for December.
    The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (SEMG) was established to keep an eye on violations of a two-decade old arms embargo on the lawless Horn of Africa nation.
    "The SEMG will, however, continue to probe this matter and is awaiting additional information from the Kenyan authorities before reaching a final determination," it said.
    Nairobi said at the time it had intelligence that consignments of arms were flown to rebel-controlled Baidoa from Eritrea, and used the alleged deliveries as a pretext for launching air raids on rebel bases.
    Kenyan officials have said that Eritrean denials are not enough, and that it should go further and denounce al Shabaab.
    The east African country rolled into Somalia in mid-October to fight the Islamist insurgents, whom it blames for a slew of kidnappings on Kenyan soil. Ethiopia, too, has sent troops across its border, opening up a third front against the rebels.
    "I urge all Muslims to start fire in Nairobi, Garissa and Addis Ababa. This time, the Christians are weak," al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told reporters at a press conference held outside Mogadishu.
    Britain believes Islamist militants are completing plans to attack Kenyan institutions and sites popular with expatriates and tourists. (Additional reporting by Feisal Omar in Mogadishu; Editing by Richard Lough)

    Eritrea did not fly arms to al Shabaab last Oct - UN | Reuters.com

    This intelligence of KDF is a shame cum shamble, how can a country accuse another country to an extent of a diplomatic row and it turns out to be a false accusation by a UN independent body's investigation
  2. Bantugbro

    Bantugbro JF-Expert Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Joined: Feb 22, 2009
    Messages: 2,605
    Likes Received: 19
    Trophy Points: 135
    Tunajua kuwa hao jamaa walikuwa wanatafuta mchawi ili wapewe msaada wa silaha za bure pamoja na pesa za uchaguzi ujao...:eyebrows: