(OSRSG-CAAC) – Sharp increases in the numbers of children killed and injured in conflict areas last year necessitate a heightened international reaction to “ensure the protection” of current and future generations, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, told the UN Security Council today. Addressing the Council’s debate on the Secretary-General’s 2014 Report on Children and Armed Conflict, SRSG Zerrougui said that key was to hold Governments and armed groups accountable when they subject children to any of the six Council-recognized “grave violations” – of which killing and maiming is one. “The fight against impunity remains one of the key aspects in our efforts to not only react to – but also prevent – grave violations against children,” SRSG Zerrougui said. “Without credible accountability, the violations will not stop.”