He added that the broader military mission in Libya was still under transition from the Western-led coalition that began attacking Kadhafi's forces on 19 March. The transition is expected to take 48-72 hours to complete.
On Monday, nine powerful explosions shook Sirte which is the next target of pro-democracy rebels as they push towards the capital from their bastion of Benghazi. But regime loyalists in pick-up trucks are reported to have opened fire on the rebels forcing them to retreat back into Bin Jawad.
The rebels, who were on the verge of losing their Benghazi stronghold before the airs strikes began, regained control of Ajdabiya and Brega on Saturday before moving further west to win back Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad.
Opposition representatives in Benghazi are trying to form a government-in-waiting. The official voice of the opposition currently rests with the Provisional Transitional National Council, PTNC, a group of 31 members representing the country's major cities and towns.
Meanwhile, Quatar on Monday became the second nation after France to recognise the PTNC as the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people.