Gadhafi and Berlusconi - AP - 2009
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, talks to Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi prior to the start of a joint press conference at Rome's Villa Madama, June 10, 2009. Photo by AP
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World leaders said Monday that the end is near for the regime of Muammar Gadhafi and have called on the Libyan leader to relinquish power, after rebels took control of most of the Libyan capital.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said "the only path Gadhafi must take is that of surrender."

Frattini told Sky Italia television that "time has run out" for negotiations over a possible exile for Gaddafi and he must face trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

"Not more than 10-15 percent of Tripoli is in the hands of the regime," Frattini said, adding that the arrest of two of Gaddafi's sons was a decisive moment in the conflict.

British Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a vacation to chair a meeting Monday of the country's special security committee on Libya. His office said Sunday that it was clear "the end is near for Gadhafi," and called on him to "go now to avoid any further suffering for his own people."

In Denmark, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said "the Libyan people's struggle for freedom has gone into the playoffs."

The three countries are all part of the NATO-led mission in Libya.