US President Barack Obama called on Muammar Qaddafi to stop the bloodshed and fighting in Libya as rebels and forces loyal to him continued to clash on Monday.
"Although it is clear Qaddafi's rule is over, he still has the opportunity to reduce bloodshed by explicitly relinquishing power to the people of Libya and calling for those forces that continue to fight to lay down their arms," Obama said.
While rebels searched Tripoli for Qaddafi, some forces loyal to the autocratic leader fiercely continued the fight.
Obama said the United States would be prepared to offer Libya support and provide humanitarian aid to the wounded.
"NATO has once again proven it is the most capable alliance in the world and its strength comes from both its firepower and the strength of our democratic ideals," Obama said.
The US President said his country will continue to be involved in the multinational effort and supports NATO's mission in the ouster of Qaddafi.