Brussels: NATO, which intervened in the Libyan conflict to throw out the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, has no plans of getting involved in other such uprisings elsewhere in the region, including Syria.

While the situation in Syria continues to worsen, top NATO officials say they have no plans of any intervention in the country where a public uprising is seeking the ouster of President Bashar al Assad's regime.

"No, we are not on the point of saying we are the world's policemen," said a top NATO official, adding that the organisation was not on the brink of getting involved in any other operation.

Officials said their intervention in Libya was based on their own security concerns but they had never attempted an assassination attack on Gaddafi.

NATO would rather want Gaddafi to be captured and tried at the International Court of Justice for killing innocent citizens.

"We are very clear in the case of Libya. It was proving to be a threat to our own security, that of our NATO members," said an official justifying the Libya intervention.

Officials, however, are worried that a threat still lurks from the under hiding Col Muammar Gaddafi and his loyalists.

Officials also warned of a Scud missile threat from forces loyal to the besieged Libyan leader as they seemed to have a good arsenal of the Scud weapons.

NATO was also looking for chemical weapons, which they fear Gaddafi possesses.

After the recent breakthrough and Gaddafi's desertion of Tripoli, NATO is optimistic of a conclusion very soon. "We are very, very close to a conclusion," officials said.

Hoping that the war in Libya between forces of the opposition-led National Transitional Council (NTC) and Col Gaddafi and his forces would soon end, NATO said "we expect that day very soon".

NATO officials said while their forces would not in any case get involved on ground combat in Libya, the oreganisation would "stand readily to extend planning and logistic support to the new Libyan regime", which would also include providing  temporary military support.

NATO hinted that it could be a transitional force comprising of one or two nations, which were more acceptable to the people of the country though the next step would be in the hands of the Libyan people themselves.

They said the NTC had managed to consolidate their legitimacy and authority both inside and outside the country, and has already connected the East and West of Libya.

While fighting in Libya with Gaddafi will continue, NATO said "we will end our operation as soon as there is no longer need for it. We expect that to be very soon".

NATO reiterated that the post-conflict situation in Libya needs to be planned carefully and "it was pretty optimistic that the immediate aftermath of this conflict will be less disjointed as in previous conflicts".

(Agencies)