WASHINGTON (AP) _ Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called today on President Suharto of Indonesia to ``preserve his legacy'' by stepping down and permitting a transition of democracy.

In a speech at graduation ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Albright increased pressure on Suharto, with whom U.S. administrations have had little dispute with during his 32 years in power.

She said of Suharto: ``Now he has an opportunity for an historic act of statesmanship'' by stepping down.