BERLIN (AP) _ East German Communist Party leader Erich Honecker on Monday made his first public appearance since falling ill in July and taking a month-long vacation.

Honecker, 76, spoke to workers of the Karl Marx micro-electronics company in Erfurt, according to the state-run ADN news agency.

Honecker fell ill during a Warsaw Pact summit in Bucharest, Romania. He spent two days in a hospital being treated for gallstones. ADN reported on July 10 that he had started his annual vacation.

Honecker has headed the East German Communist party since 1971 and assumed the additional post of head of state in 1976.