For the purposes of this Protocol the term “refugee” shall have the meaning ascribed to it in Article 1 of the Geneva Convention, provided that each Contracting Party shall make a declaration at the time of signature or ratification hereof or accession hereto, specifying which of the meanings set out in paragraph B of Article 1 of that Convention it applies for the purpose of its obligations under this Protocol, unless such Party has already made such a declaration at the time of its signature or ratification of that Convention.
As between the Contracting Parties, the provisions of Articles 1, 2 and 3 of this Protocol shall be regarded as additional Articles to the Assistance Convention, and the remaining provisions of that Convention shall apply accordingly.
4 As regards any Signatory ratifying subsequently, or any acceding State, the Protocol shall come into force on the first day of the month following the date of the deposit of its instrument of ratification or accession.
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Protocol.
Done at Paris, this 11th day of December, 1953, in English and French, both texts being equally authoritative, in a single copy, which shall remain deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary-General shall transmit certified copies to each of the Signatories.