MOSCOW, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- NATO will not stay in Libya longer than necessary and is ready to hand over the reins of post-conflict command to the United Nations, an alliance official said Friday.
"Currently, the situation is so-called post-Gaddafi. And it is not NATO's intention to stay on top of this situation. The UN should take the reins in its hands, and we are ready to support it, should we receive such a request," NATO Assistant Secretary General Dirk Brengelmann told reporters here.
NATO will assess whether there is still a danger for civilians in Libya, he added.
In a West-dominated conference on Libya's future held in Paris on Sept.1 that was attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, participants agreed on the United Nations' leading role to help Libya through its transition.
The meeting drew criticism from some countries such as South Africa and international relations experts who expressed concern that the future of Libya lies with the Western powers, particularly the NATO countries, rather than with the Libyan people.