||Expect as otherwise provided in Article
16, the Partner States, as well as ESA, shall remain liable in accordance
with the Liability Convention.
||In the event of a claim arising out of the
Liability Convention, the Partners (and ESA, if appropriate) shall
consult promptly on any potential liability, on any apportionment
of such liability, and on the defense of such claim.
||Regarding the provision of launch and return
services provided for in Article 12 (2), the Partners concerned (and
ESA, if appropriate) may conclude separate agreements regarding the
apportionment of any potential joint and several liability arising
out of the Liability Convention.