NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday repeated his call for Muammar Gaddafi to step aside as rebels pushed to take control of Tripoli.
Rasmussen said a peaceful transition of power should start as soon as possible because Gaddafi’s regime is “clearly crumbling”.
The former Danish prime minister said in a televised statement that the sooner the Libyan leader “realises that he cannot win the battle against his own people, the better.”
“The Libyan people have suffered tremendously under Gaddafi’s rule for more than four decades. Now they have a chance for a new beginning,” he said.
Rasmussen added that NATO would be willing to work with the Transitional National Council to assist with the move towards democracy and ensure that Libya remains a united country.