The Monitor's View Putting Libya back together again

As civil war saps and splits the North African country, leaders of rival groups are in talks aimed at forming a unity government. The UN-led talks require a patience in turning Libya's shared suffering into hope for a shared democratic vision.


For a peace negotiator like Bernardino León, the United Nations envoy trying to end a stubborn conflict in Libya that is spilling far beyond its borders, a necessary diplomatic tool is patience. It is not a patience of mere waiting. It is also a steadfastness in simply reminding the combatants of their own admitted weariness.