28 Apr 2006

Scientists to meet New Caledonia's mining opposition

5:07 pm on 28 April 2006

French scientists are reported to be off to Yate in New Caledonia's south to meet Kanak Rheebu Nuu activists opposed to a major nickel project on environmental grounds.

The French scientists are in the territory to present their preliminary findings on the environmental impact of the project.

They have met politicians in Noumea and held a public meeting a week after work resumed at the site which had been attacked by Rheebu Nuu activists a month ago.

Rheebu Nuu top leaders are wanted for the damage caused to the site and the group has failed to turn up to talks in Noumea.

An USTKE union spokesperson, Pierre Chauvat, says the researchers will now discuss their findings with Rheebu Nuu.

"The experts are going to Yate to see Rheebu Nuu by helicopter this afternoon. This meeting has been arranged and the experts told us that they are going to see Rheebu Nuu in Yate this afternoon."

Pierre Chauvat