Replica of Oldest Known Peace Treaty Presented to UN by Turkey
A replica of a treaty dating from 1269 B.C. -- the earliest peace treaty whose text is known to have survived -- was presented to Secretary-General U Thant, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil.
The replica -- a gift from the Government and people of Turkey to the United Nations -- is of the original treaty signed by Hattusillis III, King of the Hittites, and Ramses II, King of the Egyptians. The clay tablet, which records the text in cuneiform script, was found in 1906 in central Anatolia on the site of the old Hittite capital, Hattusas (the present Bogazkoy). The replica was made by Sadi Calik, a sculptor and lecturer at the Istanbul College of Fine Arts.