"This is a substantial step. The environment of tension, threat, and counter-threat has been going on in Cyprus for far too long," Mrs Albright said during a brief stopover in Cyprus after completing a Middle East tour.
She said that Mr Clerides and Mr Denktash expressed their willingness to meet Tom Miller, the new US State Department co-ordinator for Cyprus who had contacts with the two leaders yesterday. No date for the talks was specified.
Mrs Albright spent about 30 minutes in Cyprus after a visit to Lebanon. She then boarded a jet to return to Washington. She did not meet any Cypriot officials.