Page Image Image Caption Page ContentOn 2 March 2018, France deposited instruments of ratification to the Protocol Relating to an Amendment to the Convention on International Civil Aviation [Article 50(a)] and to the Protocol Relating to an Amendment to the Convention on International Civil Aviation [Article 56], both signed at Montréal on 6 October 2016. Mr. Philippe Bertoux, Representative of France on the Council of ICAO was present for France. ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu presided over the deposit ceremony. It was attended by Dr. Jiefang Huang, Acting Director of ICAO's Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau. The Protocol of Amendment to Article 50 (a) provides for an increase in the size of the Council from thirty-six members to forty, while the Protocol of Amendment to Article 56 provides for an increase in the membership of the Air Navigation Commission from nineteen to twenty-one. By Assembly Resolutions A39-5 and A39-7, respectively, the ICAO Assembly recommends to all States to ratify most urgently these Protocols. France is the twelfth ICAO Member State to ratify these Protocols. To enter into force, these Protocols each require 128 ratifications, in accordance with their respective Articles 3d).