Former East German communist leader Erich Honecker, who was spirited out of Germany last month, has undergone bowel surgery in a Moscow military hospital, a German newspaper reported Monday.

"The operation went well, but Honecker's condition is very poor overall," Bild newspaper quoted a well-informed source in the Soviet capital as saying.Honecker, 79, suffering from cancer, was flown to Moscow from a Soviet military hospital in eastern Germany on March 13 at the order of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The Soviet Union said his medical condition had seriously deteriorated.