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Bishop cautious on Syria aid bomb blame

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says there's no point in prematurely pointing the finger of blame over the deadly bombing of a United Nations aid convoy in Syria.

The UN has suspended all aid missions in the beleaguered nation after 21 people died in what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called a "sickening, savage and apparently deliberate attack" on vehicles delivering aid.

Ms Bishop said the incident was appalling and shocking.

"However, as was indicted by Russia and the United States, we must allow investigations to take their course - there's no point in making accusations until the facts are known," she told Sky News on Wednesday.

The minister represented Australia at the International Syria Support group meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.

The sit-down, co-hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, comes after the Syrian army declared an end to a week-long ceasefire.

It also followed significant air strikes in Aleppo and the bombing of an aid convoy carrying UN-supplied food.

"There was a unanimous view in the room that the ceasefire must hold in Syria," she later told reporters.

Ms Bishop said there was an acknowledgement some people in Syria want to see the ceasefire fail.

"However, there was an absolute resolve of all present that we must do whatever we can to cease hostilities in Syria so that humanitarian work can be undertaken."

She said Australia's view was all options should be on the table to ensure a ceasefire is in place so humanitarian relief can be supplied.

The group will reconvene later in the week to put a plan in place.

Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov met prior to the broader gathering and resolved their differences so there was an united front to support the cessation of hostilities, Ms Bishop said.

As investigations into recent attacks get underway, neither was laying blame at the other, she added.

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