CUBAN leader Fidel Castro does not have cancer, but is fighting a "great battle" against a "very serious" illness, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said.
In the most extensive account of Castro's condition following weeks of rumors that he has cancer or is even dead, Mr Chavez said he remained optimistic and that his close ally had been in good spirits when they spoke by telephone on Thursday.
"Some comments have come out, that Fidel has a terminal cancer - Fidel does not have cancer," Mr Chavez told supporters in a celebration of his December 3 reelection.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Chavez: fidel does not have terminal cancer
He is simply affected by death, which will cause him to die. But he is recuperating, and soon will continue to miss more important functions.