The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is in talks with “all those concerned” in Syria’s conflict to negotiate a ceasefire.
The group says it wants to negotiate a truce in the most affected areas to allow it to deliver aid packages.
Correspondents say the fact that the ICRC has spoken publicly about the negotiations shows just how concerned it is by the situation in Syria.
Thousands have died there in an 11-month uprising against the government.
ICRC spokesman Bijan Farnoudi said the group was “discussing several possibilities” to enable humanitarian aid to be delivered.