Sudan said it had rescued 14 of the 29 Chinese road workers kidnapped Saturday by rebels in the volatile South Kordofan region, The Wall Street Journal reported. Rabie Abdelaty, a spokesman for Khartoum, said the government was “confident that Sudanese armed forces will rescue all of the captives.” Yasir Arman, secretary-general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, the rebel group, said the Chinese workers were unharmed and were being protected by the group from fighting in the area. “What we stand for before and after this incident are democracy and a just peace,” Arman added. “This should be better understood by China.” A dozen Chinese security agents hired by Power Construction Corp of China, the state-owned company that had employed the kidnapped workers, were cooperating with Sudanese personnel to rescue the workers. It was not clear Monday whether they had been authorized to use deadly force.