At the outset of the Multilateral Peace Process Negotiations on the Middle East in Moscow (28 January 1992), US Secretary of State James Baker set forth the outline for the Working Group on Arms Control and Regional Security (ACRS). He defined it to be as follows:

In the first instance, we envision offering the regional parties our thinking about potential approaches to arms control, drawing upon a vast reservoir of experience stemming from attempts to regulate military competition in Europe and other regions.