UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has begun what he called a "very difficult" mission to bring peace to Syria.
Speaking to reporters in Cairo, Brahimi said he would travel to Damascus "in a few days" but was not sure whether he would meet President Bashar al-Assad.
He added: "I realize it's a very difficult mission, but I think it is not my right to refuse to give whatever assistance I can to the Syrian people."
Brahimi arrived in Cairo late on September 9 for his first official trip to the region that included a meeting with the 22-member Arab League, Syrian opposition figures, and Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi.
Brahimi became the second UN-Arab League Syria envoy after Kofi Annan stepped down last month over continuous divisions at the UN Security Council.
Based on reporting by AFP and dpa