Washington: Libyan leader Muammar-al-Gaddafi should be held accountable for the crimes he perpetrated on his own people, the White House has said.
"It is our belief that Gaddafi needs to relinquish power once and for all, that that's in the best interests of the American people and of the Libyan people, I should say," said Josh Earnest, White House Deputy Press Secretary.
"It's also important that Gaddafi is held accountable for the crimes that he's perpetrated while in power and against his own people, victims from around the world and who were the victims of his terrorist activities,” Earnest told reporters.
The White House, he said, firmly believes that Gaddafi's grip on power has slipped.
"That's pretty evident from the reports that we're seeing on the ground. We have also said from the beginning that this is a transition that's underway and that there obviously does continue to be some fighting in parts of Tripoli and other places around the country, but it is evident that there is momentum on the side of the rebels as they continue to make advances and as they continue in their efforts to set up a new government in Libya," he said.
"There was an announcement that they were beginning to put in place some of that governmental infrastructure in the capital of Tripoli. That is something that the US, our allies and others in the region are pleased about and continue to be supportive of, because we are supportive of the efforts of TNC to put in place a democratic government that respects the rights of the Libyan people," he said.