The Goro Nickel company in New Caledonia has vowed that its project in the territory's south won't be stopped, saying it has all the necessary permits.
It has issued a statement after two Kanak groups issued an ultimatum for all construction work on the two-billion US dollar project to be stopped before September the 24th.
The groups, Rheebu Nuu and Caugern, say the parent company, Inco of Canada, has been arrogant and the project fails to meet the required environmental standards.
Goro Nickel says it will continue to seek a dialogue and warns that a suspension of the project would have a dramatic impact on the territory's economy and the families of the 1,800 workers on the site.
Rheebu Nuu and Caugern say they will no longer talk to Goro but warn of action should their demands be ignored.