New Caledonia's largest anti-independence party has launched its election manifesto, saying it aims to avoid the further two possible votes on independence from France.
The party, Caledonia Together (Calédonie Ensemble), says after the provincial elections in May, discussions should be held to stave off a second or a third referendum as they would be a brake on economic activity and a source of tension.
The party says instead a way should be found for a single referendum on an agreement to pave the way for a shared future in peace.
In last November's first referendum under the Noumea Accord, just over 56 percent of voters rejected independence which was a far lower number than predicted.
It has fuelled hopes within the pro-independence camp that it is now in with a chance to win in either the second or third referendum, which can be called under the terms of the Noumea Accord.
The pro-independence parties have said they will pursue the referendum option, which can be invoked if a third of members of the new Congress decides to do so.
The other main anti-independence bloc contesting next month's election has called for the second referendum to be held as soon as possible, suggesting it will yield a bigger majority against independence from France than in November.
The new 54-member Congress will be formed out of the three provincial assemblies.