Turkey Closed To 1975 Ararat Expedition -- By: Anonymous
BSP 4:2-3 (Spring—Summer 1975) p. 80
Turkey Closed To 1975 Ararat Expedition
Although potential for future work remains, it appears that the Turkish government will not issue permits for a 1975 expedition to Mt. Ararat, either to the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) or any other group. John Morris, Field Director of the ICR Ararat Project since 1972, returned from Turkey on May 24 after spending a month there attempting to gain sanction for the proposed 1975 ICR Ararat Probe.
In meetings and private sessions with various Turkish leaders, Mr. Morris showed reasons why the project would constitute valuable scientific research dealing with the general subject of origins, would be a stimulus to Turkish tourism, would possibly yield the greatest archaeological find of all time, and would be a substantial good-will gesture coming at a time when international relationships are strained.
Most of these influential Turkish leaders did agree that the evidence indicates that the remains of Noah’s Ark still exist on Mt. Ararat on their Eastern frontier. They realize that the documented relocation of the Ark would produce many positive results from their point of view. However, they did not feel that such a search was urgent or practical at this time.
Several of the Turkish officials indicated that, perhaps in three to five years, their own government would itself launch exploratory efforts to search for Noah’s Ark. ICR would, of course, be delighted to have a part in the discovery, but the more important consideration is that the Ark be located and properly documented, regardless of who makes the initial find. Correspondingly, Mr. Morris willingly made the results of the ICR research available to Turkish authorities, and possible locations of the vessel were discussed with them in detail. It may be that these discussions will produce results faster than an American expedition could.
During January of 1975, when the official prospectus of the ICR probe reached Turkey applying for permission, a special Turkish Cabinet-level session decided to deny all such requests for the summer of 1975. In April, the ICR project leader spent two weeks in Washington, D.C. conferring with key legislators and administrative officials on the project and had hoped that his conferences in Turkey during May might encourage a reversal of this decision.
BSP 4:2-3 (Spring—Summer 1975) p. 81
Several factors influenced this ruling. First, the recent termination of the Kurdish civil war to the south of Turkey has fostered growing unrest among the Kurds in the Ararat area. Secondly, Greek and Armenian influence have produced considerable anti-Turkish sentiment in America, Europe and the United Nations. Furthermore, due to Turkish reaction to the 1974 Greek involvement...
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