Thursday, 8 February 2007, 17:35 GMT
Venezuela's ambassador to Cuba has said the country's ailing leader Fidel Castro has begun eating again as his health improves following surgery.
Mr Castro, 80, has recently shown "significant improvement" in his health and his appearance, Ali Rodriguez said.
However, he added that Cuba was ready for Mr Castro's eventual death.
Speaking to Venezuelan state TV, Mr Rodriguez said the key to Mr Castro's apparent recovery of strength was his decision to resume eating.
"The problem is that at first he was not eating food, but now he is eating food and that has helped him significantly."