we have been until the last month
Last month? How do you explain the use of last month with the present perfect tense? I don't see that until last month ( week and year) is grammatically equivalent to until recently or until now in this context?
QUESTION The secretary-general give you his views on the Palestinian proposal for a U.N. force in the West Bank and Gaza? and also, did he give you any indication that you had made any progress in his efforts to try and secure the release of the Israeli soldiers?
BEN-AMI: Well, with regard to the first point, I made it clear to him, just as I made it clear to other interlocutors over the last week, that there is no need at all for any kind of international force. We are -- we have been until the last month, in the middle of a peace process, in fact, the peace process has been in existence in the Middle East for the last seven years. The only thing that we need to do now is simply to cease violence, to observe the Sharm el-Sheikh memorandum, and get back to the business of peace making. There is no need for any kind of international force or international for the parties.
Date: 2000. Title: Acting Israeli Foreign Minister Holds News Briefing at the United Nations.
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