5 Dec 2005

Kanaks to organise rally for New Caledonia's northern nickel project

4:09 pm on 5 December 2005

The Kanak USTKE union in New Caledonia is hold a public meeting tonight as preparations are under way to hold a rally in Noumea on Saturday in support of the nickel project in the mainly Kanak north.

The project is in doubt as a key stakeholder, Falconbridge of Canada, alleges that France has set new conditions that no private company can accept.

The planned plant is seen as a key element in developping the poorer northern province.