UNITED NATIONS - Russia on Tuesday urged the United Nations to send a special envoy to Syria to help coordinate security issues and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

In making the proposal,  Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the world body should help solve humanitarian issues in Syria, after Damascus allowed the Red Cross to bring humanitarian aid to some regions. Responding to a question at the daily briefing, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would discuss the Russian proposal with the Arab league secretary-general Nabil Elaraby. Russia and China have vetoed two Security Council resolutions backing Arab League plans aimed at ending the conflict.