Clinton: Afghans won't give up on Taliban deal

By ANNE GEARAN | October 11, 2011 | 7:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Afghanistan's government will continue to try to draw the Taliban insurgency to peace talks.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said over the weekend that he is through trying to engage the insurgents directly. He said future efforts should be initiated by Pakistan since the Taliban high command lives there.

But Clinton tells The Associated Press that Karzai understands he must keep trying. She says the goal is to test whether there's an opening for "resolution with some parts of the Taliban or with all of the Taliban."

The U.S. sees a political settlement between the Taliban and the U.S.-backed government in Kabul as the key to ending the war. The U.S. plans to bring most forces home by 2015.