John Key looks past blame in broken Syria ceasefire

John Key looks past blame in broken Syria ceasefire

Prime Minister John Key is not blaming Australia for breaking the Syria ceasefire by being part of a botched airstrike.

Mr Key said the Syria conflict it was too complicated to come down to "who dropped a bomb accidentally".

"The question we all have to ask ourselves is not what plane dropped a bomb accidentally or otherwise, but what does it take to actually give some respite to the people of Syria, and I think that's really where the leaders need to focus now."

His comments follow Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull telling Newshub it regrets the airstrike.

United Nations time in New York City is all about security. There's US President Barack Obama's motorcade and its bomb-proof cars. Police are everywhere.

But it is the abject insecurity of Syria that is the dominating force here.

"The world needs Syria to be in a better place, and the Syrian people most certainly need that," says Mr Key.

But a week-long ceasefire turned out to be absolutely meaningless. In the latest development, 11 aid workers were killed by a Russian or Syrian Army airstrike while trying to take humanitarian aid to people.

It comes on top of a botched airstrike from the US side that killed at least 60 Syrian Army soldiers instead of the Islamic State terrorist group.

The Australian Air Force took part and Mr Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have been expressing regret.

"We regret the loss of life," says Mr Turnbull. "There's an investigation underway at the moment."

Britain's RAF Reaper drones were involved in the strike that wrecked the ceasefire, but Mr Key is not raising that at his first meeting with new Prime Minister Theresa May.

Any chance of New Zealand leading the Security Council to a meaningful global resolution backing the ceasefire seemed wrecked, but the Prime Minister is saying it's too complicated to lay blame on our allies.