Washington expects Romania, a key strategic ally, to “keep its promises” concerning respect for the rule of law and economic reforms in order to avoid “a replay” of the crisis last summer, US Ambassador to Bucharest told AFP, Mediafax informs. “Romania made these promises. Will it keep them after all? Keeping all of your promises can be a life and death question in an alliance,” Mark Gitenstein stated in an interview for AFP before ending his mandate. Being closely allied with Bucharest, NATO and the United States decided to deploy in Romania a key-component of their future missile shield. But Bucharest received sharp rebukes from the European Union and Washington last summer because of the methods the Social-Liberal Union (USL), the centre-left ruling coalition, used in an attempt to impeach its rival centre-right President Traian Basescu.US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently denounced “the challenges to constitutional processes” in Romania. Faced with this wave of criticism, Premier Victor Ponta, one of USL’s leaders, promised that “the rule of law will be respected.”Gitenstein stated for RFI that the ethnic Roma should better organize themselves in Romania from a political point of view, just as African-Americans did in the United States in order to put an end to discrimination. “It’s very disheartening to see the Roma people’s situation. I grew up in southern United States and I saw exactly the same things in the case of African-Americans, who were marginalized and discriminated by the majority population,” Mark Gitenstein stated.