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The Uwajima City Assembly unanimously passed a resolution here Monday asking the United Nations to help prevent a repeat of an accident like the Feb. 9 collision between a surfacing U.S. Navy submarine and a Japanese fisheries training ship.

The resolution seeks tighter discipline for U.S. military personnel, asks countries with submarines to take safety measures to avoid accidents and calls for a ban on the use of nuclear weapons, assembly members said.

They said copies of the resolution will be sent to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

The Ehime prefectural assembly adopted a similar resolution March 16.

The 499-ton Ehime Maru of Uwajima Fisheries High School sank after being struck by the 6,080-ton U.S. sub Greeneville, which was conducting a rapid surfacing demonstration for 16 civilian guests. Nine Japanese were lost at sea.

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