Clinton: Killing won't stop Taliban peace efforts

By ANNE GEARAN | September 22, 2011 | 4:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says peace outreach to the Taliban will continue following the assassination of the statesman leading the effort there.

Clinton condemned the killing of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani (boor-HAHN'-uh-deen ruh-BAH'-nee) but says the work he did will continue. She spoke in New York on Thursday, at an Afghan economic development event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

The U.S. backs reconciliation between Afghanistan's government and Taliban insurgents. Such a peace deal is seen as key to ending the war and bringing U.S. forces home.