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5 Apr 2006

Les Nouvelles [New Caledonia], translation provided by Inco

[DOC] A “Nationwide Project”, not just a matter of the South Plant [New Caledonia]

Goro Nickel, the target of Rheebu Nuu committee animosity, is not just about “the South Plant”. Avenir Ensemble see it as a thoroughly "nationwide project" that concerns the whole country. New Caledonia government President Marie-Noëlle Thémereau pointed out in her remarks on Tuesday that all three Provinces hold a stake amounting to 10% in Goro Nickel capital and that “the whole country will enjoy the economic spin-offs from this project of unparalleled scope."... These two measures, she stated, were now being disputed by the Rheebu Nuu committee even though Raphaël Mapoui had been a member of the ruling Rassemble-FCCI majority when the measures were passed and had even held a “ministerial" post in the administration...[T]he President stressed on Tuesday that “these disturbances [by Rheebu Nuu] are compromising project progress and the country's economic development and tarnishing New Caledonia's image abroad.”