BRUSSELS (AFP) - Nato ambassadors Friday discussed winding down the alliance's seven-month air campaign in Libya following the death of Muammar Gaddafi and the fall of his last bastions, diplomats said. "I will be recommending conclusion of this mission to the North Atlantic Council of Nato in a few hours," Admiral James Stavridis, commander of US European Command, said on Facebook. "An extraordinary 24 hours in Libya," he added. "A good day for Nato. A great day for the people of Libya." A diplomat said that "for Nato, the essential military development to take into account is the fall of Sirte and not Gaddafi's death, which was never an aim of the mission."The nations most involved in the war, including Britain and France, "do not want to rush but to halt the operation in orderly fashion". Nato could in consequence decide to maintain part of its naval and air capacity over the next two weeks "to ensure capability for intervention should the situation require", a diplomatic source said. The 28-member alliance by its own count has conducted 26,156 flights, including 9,634 strike sorties, since taking over the mission from Paris and London on March 31 under a UN mandate to protect civilians at threat from Muammar Gaddafi's regime.