BUCHAREST, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Romania on Saturday reaffirmed its strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Spain, rejecting firmly Catalonia's "unilateral declaration of independence."
"We want to emphasize that the legitimacy of any process or action that affects the domestic affairs of a state is provided by full compliance with the fundamental law, with the rule of law in that state," the Romanian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement.
"We are reiterating the consistent position of Romania in favor of the respect of the international law, which does not allow for territorial changes without the consent of the state concerned," stressed the Foreign Ministry.
The Spanish government stripped the region of its autonomy after its controversial independence vote in parliament Friday, effectively taking charge of its government.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the dissolution of the regional parliament and the removal of the Catalan leader, with an official state bulletin handing control of Catalonia to Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria.
Snap elections were called in the region, which also saw its most senior police officials dismissed and demonstrations for and against independence running on into the night.