The French interior minister Gerald Darmanin is due back in New Caledonia in early March to advance work on a new statute for the territory.
The news agency AFP reports the minister will be in Noumea between March 2 and 8.
After a week of wide-ranging talks in New Caledonia at the end of last year, Darmanin agreed to hold off bilateral discussions with the pro-independence FLNKS until it has held its congress.
In three referendums, New Caledonia rejected full sovereignty, but the FLNKS refuses to recognise the third vote, held in December 2021, as the legitimate outcome of the decolonisation process.
With the conclusion of the 1998 Noumea Accord, a new statute needs to be drawn up.
Darmanin's predecessor planned a referendum on a new statute in June this year, but no document has been produced and Paris no longer plans to hold any referendum in New Caledonia during the term of President Emmanuel Macron.