PARIS (AFP/Reuters) - World leaders on Monday lauded the rebel takeover of Tripoli, urging Moamer Gaddafi to admit defeat, as Libyans around the world celebrated the veteran leader's imminent demise. The dramatic push to wrest full control of the Libyan capital from Gaddafi loyalists was seen as the end-game in the six-month uprising against Gaddafi's 42-year rule. While the leaders who supported the uprising stressed that Libya's fate should be decided by Libyans, pressure was mounting for one of the planet's longest-standing dictators to be dragged in front of the world court. US President Barack Obama pressed Libyan strongman Moamer Gaddafi to "explicitly" give up power and warned exuberant rebels that their struggles were "not over yet." Looking beyond Gaddafi's iron-fisted reign, Obama vowed that Washington will be "a friend and a partner" in the strife-torn country's future and urged "an inclusive transition that leads to a democratic Libya." The Pentagon said on Monday that the United States does not intend to send ground forces into Libya to assist in any international peacekeeping operations following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi,. "We do not have any information that he has left the country," Pentagon spokesman Dave Lapan said, without offering further details on his presumed whereabouts. President Barack Obama previously ruled out sending US ground forces into Libya, trying to limit US exposure to a third conflict as it wrestles with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Lapan said that position still held in any post-Gaddafi era. "If there is going to be some kind of transitional mission that involves any kind of foreign troops, there wouldn't be US ground troops as part of that," Lapan said. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country spearheaded support for the rebels and was the first to recognise their administration, condemned Gaddafi's "irresponsible and desperate calls for the combat to continue." Sarkozy urged "forces still loyal to the regime to turn away from the criminal and cynical blindness of their leader, to cease fire." Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who signed a 2008 friendship treaty that made the former colonial power Libya's top trading partner, urged Gaddafi to "put an end to every pointless resistance and to save, in this way, his people from further suffering." The Arab League declared "full solidarity" with the rebels and wished them success while Libya's neighbour Egypt, where Hosni Mubarak had to quit power following a popular revolt earlier this year, officially recognised their administration. British Prime Minister David Cameron also said that "Gaddafi must stop fighting, without conditions, and clearly show that he has given up any claim to control Libya" but warned against complacency. NATO, whose aerial bombing played a key role in weakening Gaddafi's military infrastructure, urged Gaddafi to give his country a chance to rebuild. It is "time to create a new Libya - a state based on freedom, not fear; democracy, not dictatorship; the will of the many, not the whims of a few," Atlantic alliance head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's spokesman said the onus was now on the rebels "to honour the aspirations expressed by the revolution for the establishment of a democratic, just and prosperous Libya." In Washington, more than 100 people gathered in front of the White House, chanting: "USA, USA - Gaddafi has gone today" or "Gaddafi left Tripoli, Libya is free". Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an old Gaddafi ally, was a lone voice of foreign support for the crumbling regime, accusing the West of "destroying Tripoli with their bombs." China said Monday it "respects the Libyan people's choice" after rebels in the war-torn North African country entered the capital Tripoli and threatened to topple its leader Moamer Gaddafi. The foreign ministry's comments came as heavy fighting raged near Gaddafi's Tripoli compound, prompting the United States to say the embattled strongman's regime was at a "tipping point". Russia's response was equally cautious, urging any future political dialogue in Libya to take place without foreign interference. South Africa meanwhile denied rumours it might be a place of exile for a defeated Gaddafi or help him to flee and called for the rapid establishment of "a truly representative and people-centred dispensation" in Libya. The African Union Peace and Security Council on Monday wrapped up a preparatory meeting on the Libya conflict, delaying any decisions until another session due later in the week. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said the violent fall of Gaddafi's regime "should teach a lesson to everyone." British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used the developments in Tripoli to issue another warning to Bashar al-Assad, calling the Syrian leader "as irrelevant to Syria's future as Gaddafi is to Libya's."